Statistics on Scams

Everyday more and more thieves find ways to steal billions from Americans.  Some of these thieves are excellent at what they do and they excel in conning you in to believing that you have won millions, or they can fix your problem for a small amount of money or you can get all sorts of free merchandise if you only fill out a short survey.   Although there are dozens of different financial scams, at the heart of all of them is to trick you out of (1) sending them money; (2) revealing personal information so they can steal your identity; and (3) giving them your credit card information so they can purchase goods and services in your name, or (4) downloading malware so they can take over your computer. 

This section of our website is to make you more aware of how they do what they do and how you can protect yourself from most scams just by remembering a few rules of the game:

(1) If any one sends you a check for more than the amount they owe you and wants you to send them some money back or send some money somewhere else, it is a scam. 

(2) Government, police and state agencies do not call you and ask for your social security number.  Be very selective about who sees your social security number.

(3) Do not open links in emails from those you don't know and particularly those that claim to be from the government, a bank or any other government agency asking you to click on a link in the email and provide your log in and password.

More tips are provided in our Identity Theft section.
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