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Phone Scams

People lose a lot of money to phone scams — sometimes their life savings. Scammers have figured out countless ways to cheat you out of your money over the phone. In some scams, they act friendly and
Consumer Alert

Keep calm and avoid Coronavirus scams

Sachit Gali
One thing we know about scammers is that they follow the headlines. So it’s not surprising that we’ve seen so many Coronavirus-related scams recently. From scammers selling fake COVID-19 cures and
Consumer Alert

Socially distancing from COVID-19 robocall scams

Karen Hobbs
Scammers – and scammy companies – are using illegal robocalls to profit from Coronavirus-related fears. Listen to some of the latest scammy robocall pitches, so you can be on the lookout and know how
Consumer Alert

Get a one-ring call? Don’t call back.

Michael Atleson
A while back, we warned you about the “one ring” scam. That’s when you get a phone call from a number you don’t know, and the call stops after just one ring. The scammer is hoping you’ll call back
Consumer Alert

What to do about robocalls

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Not another robocall! We’ve all felt that way. Wondering what to do about robocalls? Check out this new video: The FTC worked with AARP to create a series of videos about imposter scams – including
Consumer Alert

That’s not your neighbor calling

Emma Fletcher
When your phone rings and it looks like a local call, you may be more likely to answer. Scammers count on this and can easily fake caller ID numbers. They even can match the first six digits of your
Consumer Alert

Do Not Call registrations don’t expire

Amy Hebert
Someone pretending to be from the FTC is sending out fake emails telling people that their Do Not Call registration is expiring. The emails use the FTC’s logo and send people to a phony Do Not Call
Consumer Alert

Scammers can fake caller ID info

Andrew Johnson
Your phone rings. You recognize the number, but when you pick up, it’s someone else. What’s the deal? Scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local
Consumer Alert

“One-ring” cell phone scam can ding your wallet

Colleen Tressler
Who’s calling now? That number doesn’t ring a bell. Hold the phone, says the Federal Trade Commission. You could be a potential victim of the growing "one-ring” cell phone scam. Here’s how it works