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How To Spot, Avoid, and Report Fake Check Scams

Fake checks might look like business or personal checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, or a check delivered electronically. Here’s what to know about fake check scams. Types of Fake Checks Scams Why

Nanny and Caregiver Job Scams

If you’re looking for a job as a babysitter, nanny, or other kind of caregiver, you might have searched online or used a website that matches you up with potential employers. Scammers also use these
Consumer Alert

Don’t let job scams block your path forward

Lisa Lake
After more than a year of pandemic-related devastating losses — including job losses – you may be one of millions looking to get back on your feet with a new job. This Financial Literacy Month, as
Consumer Alert

Wrapping up 2020 with more car wrap scams

Ari Lazarus
We just heard from more companies that scammers are using their names to trick people into a car wrap scam. This time, scammers are saying they’re Marlboro or Purell (but they’re not really). The gist
Consumer Alert

Fake check scams and your small business

Traci Armani
If someone you don’t know sends you a check and asks for money back, that’s a scam. But what if you’re a small business owner and someone “overpays” you and asks you to refund the balance? That’s
Consumer Alert

Economic impact payments for U.S. citizens abroad

Seena Gressin
Are you a United States citizen living abroad? For millions of expatriates, help from home is on the way in the form of COVID-19 economic impact payments. Unfortunately, scammers also are on the way
Consumer Alert

Coronavirus stimulus payment scams: What you need to know

Alvaro Puig
We know there’s been a flood of information and updates about the government’s economic impact payments, or so-called stimulus checks, lately. But quickly and safely moving massive amounts of money
Consumer Alert

What's a money mule scam?

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Scammers may try to use you to move stolen money. If you help them, you could be what law enforcement calls a money mule. Money mule scams happen several ways. The story often involves scams related
Consumer Alert

Fake offers for secret shopper jobs

Bridget Small
Did you get an offer to be a secret shopper for a well-known company? It might come as text, email, or letter inviting you to work on a ‘research project starting soon in your area.’ Several people
Consumer Alert

FTC: The bottom-line on fake checks scams

Colleen Tressler
If someone you don’t know sends you a check and asks for money back, that’s a scam. Fake checks drive many types of scams — like those involving phony job and income opportunities, online classified