Scammers are back at it, pretending to be FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and staff at the FTC. They’re emailing, saying there’s an award ready to be collected (for a fee), or an outstanding COVID issue requiring your immediate attention (and, ultimately, money). But it’s NOT the FTC emailing. And even if they switch to phone calls or the messages switch, those are scammers. For more information, click here.
We know scammers target people everywhere. So this National Consumer Protection Week, we’re focusing on how fraud affects every community. In blog posts and events this week, we’ll highlight scams that affect some of those communities, including older adults, college students, servicemembers, and LGBTQ+ communities. Since scammers target every community, including yours, you can make a difference this NCPW: recruit your friends, family, and neighbors across all communities to report the scams they’re seeing to us. For more information, click here
Alternate Side and Meter Rules Suspended Thanksgiving
Alternate side parking (street cleaning) and parking meter regulations are suspended on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 25.
This has been National Adoption Week for pets, and by now, thousands of dogs and cats might have new homes in the hearts of many thousands of people. But as the holidays approach, scammers know that families are hearing about their kids’ NEED for a dog or cat. And scammers are ready to take advantage by offering up that perfect pet — for a fee. You’ll find ads offering litters of puppies, especially, on websites and listservs online. But once you pay, your supposed pet and the “breeder” will vanish, along with your cash. Here are ways to spot those puppy and pet scammers and stop them in their tracks. For more information click here.
Scammers are doubling down on their efforts to scam people out of their money and personal information. That’s why the FTC and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) are teaming up to remind you: No matter what anyone tells you, you can’t buy COVID-19 vaccines online and there’s no out-of-pocket cost to get the shots. Here are some ways to avoid a vaccine-related scam. For more information, please click here.
If you’re a college student, faculty, or staff member, you’re going to want to pay attention to this one. IRS imposters are sending phishing emails to people with “.edu” email addresses, saying they have information about your “tax refund payment.” What do they really want? Your personal information. For more information, please click here.