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Amazon OTP Delivery Email: Protection Against Fraud
8 September 2021 |

Amazon OTP Delivery Email: Protection Against Fraud

You can fight scammers who order big-ticket items from your Amazon account with a one-time password that stops them from receiving the item.

Common Scam on eBay: False Advertising and Fake Products
3 September 2021 |

Common Scam on eBay: False Advertising and Fake Products

Reading product descriptions when shopping on eBay is crucial, as scammers often hide important information in them that could make you think twice about buying.

OfferUp Car Scams: Red Flags to Look Out For
25 August 2021 |

OfferUp Car Scams: Red Flags to Look Out For

Buying a car on OfferUp may be a cheaper option, but it doesn't come without risks.

How Do You Beat Gift Card Scams? Never Pay Using Gift Cards

How Do You Beat Gift Card Scams? Never Pay Using Gift Cards

Beating this scam is simple—don't pay for anything using gift cards and don't give anyone you don't know or trust your gift card information.

eBay Empty Box Scam: Check The Fine Print Before You Buy
2 June 2021 |

eBay Empty Box Scam: Check The Fine Print Before You Buy

When buying on eBay always read the product description carefully. Scammers are using deceptive tactics to trick you into paying for an empty box.

eBay Motors Scams: See It In Person Before You Buy
13 April 2021 |

eBay Motors Scams: See It In Person Before You Buy

Don't fall victim to eBay Motors scams. Know the red flags, such as not being able to see the car in person first, a pushy seller, or a strange payment method.

Amazon Brushing Scam: Receiving Packages You Didn't Order
13 April 2021 |

Amazon Brushing Scam: Receiving Packages You Didn't Order

Received an Amazon package that you didn't order? Check your account—scammers could be posting fake reviews on your behalf.

How to Beat the 'Amazon Prime Renewal' Scam Call: Red Flags
9 April 2021 |

How to Beat the 'Amazon Prime Renewal' Scam Call: Red Flags

This scam starts with a recorded message about an early (or unwanted) Amazon Prime renewal. To 'cancel' you will unknowingly be transferred to a scammer impersonating 'Amazon.'

Shipping Scams Use Fake Emails to Steal Your Information
3 February 2020 |

Shipping Scams Use Fake Emails to Steal Your Information

Scammers are sending convincing emails, posing as shipping companies and online shopping sites, in order to collect your personal information.

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The "Little Gift" is a Lie! Protect Yourself From Fake Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile Texts
15 October 2021 |

The "Little Gift" is a Lie! Protect Yourself From Fake Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile Texts

If you receive a text message from your cell phone provider containing a link to a "little gift," don't click on it—it's a scam!

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PayPal Protection for Buyers and Sellers: Keeping You Safe

PayPal Protection for Buyers and Sellers: Keeping You Safe

The great thing about using PayPal when buying or selling things is that you're (for the most part) protected from fraud and scammers.

How to Report a Scam Website and Why It's Important

How to Report a Scam Website and Why It's Important

With more than 2 million fake websites online, it's important to report any you come across to help the authorities shut them down and protect others from falling for scams.

Top 10 Tips to Stay Safe Online: Avoid Scams and Hackers

Top 10 Tips to Stay Safe Online: Avoid Scams and Hackers

Scammers and hackers are everywhere online, but that doesn't mean we need to disconnect. These tips will help you stay safe online.

Fake AirPods: How to Tell Real Apple AirPods from Fakes

Fake AirPods: How to Tell Real Apple AirPods from Fakes

AirPods are one of the hottest products out there, with everyone clamoring to get their hands on a pair—and scammers know it.

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U.S. Fraud and Scam Statistics 2020 - $3.3 Billion Lost
14 October 2021

U.S. Fraud and Scam Statistics 2020 - $3.3 Billion Lost

The U.S. saw a massive 45% increase from 2019 to 2020 in reports of fraud, scams, and identity theft and a 1,400% increase in 20 years from 2001.

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N.J. Man Pleads Guilty to SIM Swapping Conspiracy Stealing Over $500k From Victims
5 October 2021 |

N.J. Man Pleads Guilty to SIM Swapping Conspiracy Stealing Over $500k From Victims

This case shows just why you need to be aware of SIM swapping and how to protect your cell phone number from criminals like this.

Student Loan Scammers Arrested After Stealing $6.1 Million
22 September 2021 |

Student Loan Scammers Arrested After Stealing $6.1 Million

After a 3-year long scam, Angela Mirabella and six others have been indicted on several charges, including grand theft.

FBI Warns Fake COVID Vaccine Cards Could Lead to Prison Time
14 September 2021 |

FBI Warns Fake COVID Vaccine Cards Could Lead to Prison Time

Taking a chance on a fake COVID-19 vaccination card seems like an easy way to get around requirements, but think again before you land yourself in prison.

Beware of this New Scam Involving A Fake Call from CBP
10 September 2021 |

Beware of this New Scam Involving A Fake Call from CBP

Sometimes it just safer not to pick up calls from unknown phone numbers.

Nike Teams Up with U.S. Customs to Stop Counterfeiters
23 August 2021 |

Nike Teams Up with U.S. Customs to Stop Counterfeiters

Nike is taking a stand against counterfeiters and stopping fake products before they hit U.S. soil.