Scam artists use clever schemes to defraud millions of people around the globe each year. Being on guard online can help you maximize the benefits of the internet and minimize your chance of being defrauded. Learn how to recognize common scams and what you can do to avoid them.
Avoiding Online Scams
Ten steps you can take to avoid scams
Common Online Scams
Tricks that con artists use to get people to send them money
What you can do to reduce unwanted commercial emails
What to do about messages that ask for your personal information
Money Transfer Scams
Scammers often insist on money transfers for payment because wiring money is like sending cash: Once it's gone, you can't get it back
Online Dating Scams
Signs that your online love is a scam artist
Online Penny Auctions
Tips to help you understand how penny auctions work and recognize the pitfalls before you lose any money
If you believe your personal information has been lost or stolen, there are steps you can take to minimize the damage
Tax-Related Identity Theft
Warning signs that an identity thief has used your social security number for tax purposes and what to do about it
Bogus ads often promise steady income for minimal labor
Weight Loss Claims
Weight loss gimmicks that promise more than they can deliver
Lotteries and Sweepstakes Scams
Have to pay to get your prize? It’s a scam.
Fake Check Scams
A fake check can take weeks to uncover – and cost you a fortune
Tips to help you spot a scammer impersonating a friend or relative
Mystery Shopper Scams
Interested in mystery shopping? Distinguish real opportunities from bogus offers
Bogus Apartment Rentals
Looking for an apartment? Look out for bogus listings.
Health products that overpromise usually under-deliver. Here’s why.
Debt Relief Scams
Some debt relief offers are code for bankruptcy
Pay-in-Advance Credit Offers
Legitimate lenders don’t guarantee you credit – or require large upfront fees – before you apply'
Signs that a “low risk” investment is really a sham
The “Nigerian” Email Scam
Don’t believe strangers who offer “big rewards” to help them move money out of a foreign country