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Know Who You're Dealing With. .

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Date Posted: March 2016

Whether you are a teenager or a retiree, criminals are eager to steal your personal information and your money using scams and frauds that exist in nearly every area of the marketplace, including online.

From door-to-door utility scams to online ‘phishing’ for your financial data, these frauds threaten your security by targeting personal information and putting you at risk of financial loss or identity theft. So, clearly it is important to know how to protect yourself.

Common Frauds And Scams Include:

IDENTITY THEFT

Identity theft occurs when a criminal steals a victim’s personal information so they can pretend to be that person, and then do things like apply for a credit card, take out a loan or mortgage, get a cell-phone or withdraw bank funds.

BANK & CREDIT CARD FRAUD

Credit card and debit card fraud occurs when a criminal uses your card, or a counterfeit copy, to make purchases or withdraw money from your account. 

ONLINE SCAMS

There are many online scams and new ones appear all the time. Some appear to be asking for your help; some say there is a problem with your bank account or tax return.

PHONE & DOOR-TO-DOOR SCAMS

Phone and door-to-door scams are also very common. Someone will call or come to your door pretending to be a representative of a charity, an employee of a utility com