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Facebook and Instagram users are being targeted by cybercriminals promoting fake grants, particularly grants for COVID-19 relief. Recent grant scams reported to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) include requests for gift cards to “pay the taxes” if the grant is approved.  The messages come from cloned accounts or hacked profiles of one of the user’s real Facebook or Instagram friends.   Anyone receiving a message about a grant via […]

An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) text scam is circulating to get consumers’ personal information, which may put them at further risk of tax identity crimes.  According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), imposter scams were the top reported fraud in 2020. The FTC had approximately 500,000 reports of the scam, leading to an estimated $1.2 billion in lost funds.   People may receive text […]

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*Updated as of 1/5/2021 More stimulus payments are on the way. Scammers are aware, too, which means another round of stimulus payment-related scams.   Remember, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not text, email or call anyone about a stimulus payment. If someone receives an unsolicited message from someone claiming to be with the IRS, it is probably a scam. Consumers should contact the IRS directly to verify before they respond.  Offers that require people to pay to receive a stimulus […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers that while a vaccine is closer to distribution, so are COVID-19 vaccine scams.  The FDA fears misleading products could cause Americans to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment, leading to life-threatening harm.  There is also a fear that the COVID-19 vaccine scams could lead to many people having their personally identifiable information (PII) and personal health […]

Scammers are looking to take advantage of consumers that need money due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with a credit line scam.  The scam tries to trick consumers with fake phone calls that look like they are from legitimate banks offering credit lines with low interest rates. Ultimately, scammers are looking to steal sensitive personal information or financial […]

Domain name scams are making the rounds in hopes of triggering a response from a company’s employees out of fear.  The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) recently received a domain name scam claiming a registrar found the main body of domain names from “RENDE International Ltd.” that were the same as the ITRC’s.  If anyone receives a similar email, ignore it. Never share personal […]

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) discovered multiple social media posts encouraging people to leave their Social Security numbers in the comment section of popular social media sites. It is known as the “Social Security number challenge.”  While many people will not fall for the challenge, it is a reminder that there are fake social media profiles that ask […]

A new unsubscribe email scam tries to scare people into “unsubscribing” from confirmation emails coming from an adult dating list. The unsubscribe button could lead to malware or to a form to steal your personal information. Anyone who receives a suspicious email they are not expecting should ignore it and not click on any links, […]

The Federal Trade Commission reports that people who lost money to scams that started on social media has more than tripled in 2020, with a significant increase in the second quarter of the year.  The increase in social media scams fits the overall 2020 trend of more phishing scams on channels besides email.  Some recent social media scams include romance scams, fake advertisements, […]