Hey, guys – we’re back. We missed you. What’s been going on? No, really, we want to hear from you. Now that funding has been restored, our systems are live again, and you can report fraud to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel. We’re anxious to know what scams you’ve been seeing so far in 2019.
As we’ve been checking out the news, it looks like family emergency scams are still a thing – where someone pretending to be a grandkid or family member calls with an emergency and asks you to wire money or buy gift cards for them. We saw some phishing scams – including emails that appear to be from your bank or credit card company but are really from scammers who want your personal information. Ditto tech support scams – where you get a pop-up, email or phone call saying your computer is broken – but it’s really a scammer after your money or access to all the information on your computer. We think sham Social Security is still calling, and we know that scammers are still demanding gift cards as payment for all sorts of things. (Pro tip: that’s always, always a scam.)
We also got a lot of (*@&% robocalls. We know you did, too. But I finally got a blocker on my cell phone, and it really did make a difference.
So, what scams have you run into? Job scams? Tax scams? (It’s that season.…) Health insurance scams? Of course, we welcome comments below, but our investigators can’t follow up on those comments or use them to build cases. So, if you have some fraud to report, please go to ftc.gov/complaint and tell us about the latest scam you’ve experienced.