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FTC Warns of Increase in Romance Scams, Costing Victims Millions
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FTC Warns of Increase in Romance Scams, Costing Victims Millions

The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers of growing attempts by scammers to commit fraud through online romance scams. A reported $143 million was lost to romance scams in 2018 – a median loss of $2,600 per consumer – and a higher total than for any other type of scam reported to the FTC. What does a romance scam look like? While millions of Americans use dating sites, social media, and chat rooms to forge successful relationships, scammers also use these sites to seek potential victims. They create fake profiles or even steal the identity of a real person. Once…
Hang Up on Medicare Card Scams
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Hang Up on Medicare Card Scams

Earlier this year, Medicare began sending new cards to everyone who gets Medicare benefits. The new cards help protect identities by replacing each person’s Social Security number with a unique Medicare number. As expected, scammers are trying to cash in on this change. These scammers typically reach out by phone…
Cyber Scams: Avoiding Check and Wire Fraud
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Cyber Scams: Avoiding Check and Wire Fraud

The internet has become a common place for consumers to buy and sell goods and services. A simple post to Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace takes only minutes and can earn you money for anything from a handmade barn wood table to an old wedding dress, side jobs, and much more.…