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Spotting scammy emails

Emily Wu
Let’s say you get an email about a charge to your credit card for something you aren’t expecting or don’t want. Your first instinct may be to immediately call the company or respond to the email and
Consumer Alert

Heard about the “waiting package” phishing scam?

Ari Lazarus
Phishing scams can be hard to spot. For example, we’ve been hearing about one where people get a text message saying that there’s a package waiting for them, and asking them to click a link to learn
Consumer Alert

Hang up on business imposter scams

Jabari Cook
Scammers love to use the same old tricks in new ways. One of their favorites is to pose as a business or government official to pressure you into sending them money or personal information. Now, some
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COVID-19 scams targeting college students

Ari Lazarus
Hey college students: even though you’re likely far from campus, scammers are still trying to find you. Maybe you or your friends have gotten an email claiming to be from the “Financial Department” of
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COVID-19 contact tracing text message scams

Colleen Tressler
You’ve probably been hearing a lot about contact tracing. It’s the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to
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Scam emails demand Bitcoin, threaten blackmail

Bridget Small
The FTC uses the information it gets from people who report scams to keep close watch on trends, so we can alert you to changes. Here’s one: reports of Bitcoin blackmail scams have taken a big jump in