May 9, 2022
Shutting down tech support scams
Shutting down tech support scams- With technology, it’s easier than ever to connect with others and people are just a click or call away. Nobody knows that better than scammers — who might try to contact you about a supposed virus or malware they’ve “found” on your device. So, during this Older Americans Month, remember — if someone unexpectedly calls or messages you, claiming your computer’s security is at risk, it’s a scam.
May 4, 2022
Scammers advertise jobs and business opportunities
We know that scammers advertise jobs and business opportunities because we’ve investigated and stopped many of them. Unfortunately, scammers are relentless and keep advertising online in ads, on job sites, and social media. Knowing some of the red flags will help you spot these scams.
April 14, 2022
Want to know who stole your identity? Getting your records can help
Let’s say you learn that an identity thief took out credit in your name, pretending to be you. To straighten it out, you might want to get records about the identity theft from the company where it happened. The law gives you that right — in fact, it’s Section 609(e) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
April 11, 2022
Did you get a text from your own number? That’s a scam!
Scammers are always thinking up ways to put a new spin on their criminal tricks. This time, they’re sending spam texts to you — from your own phone number.
March 28, 2022
Beware scams posing as Law Enforcement fundraisers!
Scammers are never ones to let a good scam die. One of the more successful scams is when the scammer poses as one of many charities benefitting Law Enforcement. Recently, the District Attorney's office was made aware of calls from nearby area codes claiming to support local officers injured in the line of duty. Simple web searches can show that the 'charitable organization' calling either 1) is not associated at all with the organization, 2) does not directly contribute to the organizations they claim to represent, or 3) contributes less than 3-5% of your donation to the cause!
March 24, 2022
Cybersecurity advice to protect your connected devices and accounts
For so many of us, cell phones and computers are embedded in our personal and professional lives. We talk and text, we browse the web, we watch, and we create. Our devices store a lot of personal information, so it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to make sure your computer, phone, and other connected devices are protected.
March 10, 2022
Fraud and older adults
During National Consumer Protection Week (March 6-9, 2022), the FTC is focusing on scams that have an impact on older adults.
March 3, 2022
Giving to help in Ukraine? Get your money where you mean it to go
As ever, when scammers spot a crisis in the world, they are there to take advantage. It’s true after natural disasters, when scammers set up fake charities that look and sound like real ones to try to get your money. And it’s true now that millions of people want to support the Ukrainian people. If you’re one of them, take a moment to make sure your generosity really benefits the people and groups you intend.
February 22, 2022
How to Use the California Identity Theft Registry - A Guide for Victims of "Criminal" Identity Theft
If someone has committed a crime while pretending to be you, you can clear your name. This guide is designed to help you do that. If you follow the steps outlined here, and as provided by California law, you can get the court order you will need to have your name entered into the California Identity Theft Registry.
February 10, 2022
Romance scams: Fraudsters to the left of you, fakers to the right
Love happens year-round, not only on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, romance scams are the same.