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Defending against impersonator scams

Andrew Rayo
American servicemembers sacrifice so much to honorably defend the nation. But dishonorable scammers make it their mission to con servicemembers out of their hard-earned money and benefits by
Consumer Alert

Child Tax Credit scammers are still reaching out

Emily Wu
Many people have gotten their advance Child Tax Credit payments this year, but scammers are taking advantage of this new program to try to trick you out of money or information. They’re pretending to
Consumer Alert

New IRS imposter scam targets college students and staff

Ari Lazarus
If you’re a college student, faculty, or staff member, you’re going to want to pay attention to this one. IRS imposters are sending phishing emails to people with “.edu” email addresses, saying they
Consumer Alert

The IRS won’t call about your stimulus money

Lisa Lake
Most people have already gotten their economic stimulus payments, but the Internal Revenue Service is still sending them out. If you haven’t gotten yours yet or have questions about it, the IRS has a
Consumer Alert

Who’s pretending to be the government now?

Paul Witt
You’ve gotten the calls: from Social Security. Or the IRS. Or Medicare. Or any number of other agencies. Except: as soon as the caller threatens you or demands that you pay them with a gift card or by
Consumer Alert

SSA imposters top IRS in consumer loss reports

Seena Gressin
Have you gotten calls about supposed problems with your Social Security number from callers pretending they’re with the Social Security Administration (SSA)? If so, you’re not alone. Our latest Data
Consumer Alert

Those (not really) IRS calls

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
You’ve probably gotten one of these calls: They say it’s the IRS and they’re filing a lawsuit against you for back taxes. They may threaten to arrest or deport you. What do you do? Watch this video to
Consumer Alert

It’s the IRS calling…or is it?

Jon Morgan
Here at the FTC, we think about scams all day long. What are the scammers’ new angles? How can we keep ahead of them? We hear from people about the scams they see, and we turn that into tips people