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LATEST SCAMS

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Fraud Alert: Anthem Insurance Data Breach, What To Do.

 

State Officials Warn Consumers: Beware, IRS Phone Scams Still Active

 

Tips to Protect Yourself Against Frauds and Scams, Identity Theft and Reduce Spam Email

  • Don’t use or carry a checkbook.
  • Sign up on the Do Not Call List.
  • Sign up to block credit card offers.
  • Don’t carry your Social Security card with you.
  • Don’t give out any financial information to a stranger.
  • Don’t put outgoing mail in or on your mailbox.
  • If regular bills fail to reach you, call the company to find out why.
  • Don’t respond to unsolicited e-mail (Spam).
  • Don’t click on contacts, pictures or files in an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Don’t respond to e-mail claims that you have won a prize, when you did not enter a contest.
  • Use good anti-virus and anti-adware software.
  • If it seems to good to be true … IT IS!

 

For detailed information about Frauds and Scams go to Consumer Fraud Reporting.

To obtain information on charitable contribution schemes and other types of online schemes visit Looks Too Good To Be True.

 

Previously Reported Scams

Social Security scams, what you should know and what should you do.

Buying Prescription Drugs Online scam, protect yourself against extortion by fake DEA agents.

Medicare Phone scams, trick seniors into divulging personal info. 

State Officials Warn Consumers: Beware, IRS Phone Scams Still Active

Grandparent scams, in which the “grandchild” calls asking for money because of an “emergency”.

Reverse mortgages, are reverse mortgages helpful or hazardous.

Pet scams, where swindlers target would-be pet owners out of money targeted for adoption of animals from foreign countries.

Rent-to-own contracts, stating that one missed payment requires your loved ones to forfeit all their previous payments and to surrender all the rented goods.

“Free lunch” scams, which offer people free lunches to listen to bogus investment pitches dished out by a high-pressure salesperson.

These are all in addition to the unsavory litany of familiar scams, such as predatory lending, phishing, “credit repair” services, numerous fundraising letters from Africa, and home-repair fraud.

 

Additional Information

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program provides education and outreach to Medicare beneficiaries to help them become informed consumers of their health care.  See the SMP page on our website.

Free legal Help for Seniors with Consumer Problems contact Consumer Law Project for Elders.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports on Common types of Health Fraud and how not to become a victim.

For more advise on avoiding Identity theft and Fraud visit Better Business Bureau.

For more advise on Health Care Scams visit the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.

If you are a victim of an online scheme, please notify IC3 by filing a complaint at Internet Crime Complaint Center.

 

 

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