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Fraud Alert Archive

A scam story: Secret shopping and fake checks

May 16, 2018 by:  Emma Fletcher Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Scammers need a good story to get to your wallet. Once they find one that works, they use it again and again. One of their old favorites brings together fake checks and secret shopping,...

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Equifax

September 7, 2017 — Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s...

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IRS Scam Awareness

The IRS and Local Law Enforcement continue working to warn citizens about phone scams. The IRS calling to inform you that you owe money or did not pay your taxes is very popular. Here is information from the IRS website on how you can protect yourself from falling...

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Debit Card Locked Calls Scam

Customers of Seamen’s Bank have reported receiving an automated phone call from MasterCard and Visa warning that their Debit Card is locked and to reactivate push #4 after pushing #4 it will ask for your 16 digit card number. These automated calls are not from...

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Phishing Phone Calls

Customers of Seamen’s Bank have reported receiving phone calls from Seamen’s Bank Head Quarters. The person calling is offering to reverse overdraft fees charged to accounts with Seamen’s Bank. They will then ask for your account information and other non-public...

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Eversource Disconnection Scam

Recently there has been an increase in scams both in our region and nationally. To protect you from being a victim of a scam, please keep the following information in mind. Most scams threaten customers with disconnection of electric service if they do not make a...

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Ptown PD warns of scam at lodging establishments

PROVINCETOWN – A potential scam was brought to the attention of Provincetown Police recently. Apparently hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses may be receiving calls to their front desk in which an anonymous party asks to speak with a guest in a certain room. Once the...

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How to help the earthquake victims in Nepal

April 28, 2015 by: Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC. The devastation caused by a massive earthquake in Nepal and the Katmandu Valley region has left many people asking how they can help. If you’re looking for a way to give, the Federal Trade...

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Criminals Host Fake Government Services Web Sites

From May 2012 to March 2015, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received complaints regarding criminals hosting fraudulentgovernment services websites in order to acquire Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and to collect fraudulent fees from...

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