Scams and Consumer Alerts

Scams and Alerts

From a loan offer to a prize notification - how do you know if it's the "real deal" or a scam?

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Red Flags of a Scam

  • It sounds too good to be true.
  • You're asked to pay money to receive a prize.
  • Pressure to act immediately
  • Insistence you pay via gift card or wire transfer

Loan Scams

Consumers with poor credit and are seeking loans should be careful not to fall victim to an advance fee loan scam. Beware of ads or make telemarketing calls offering guaranteed loans regardless of one's credit history.

Foreclosure Scams

Once the lender files a “notice of default,” your mortgage troubles become public record. Scammers, predatory lenders and other con artists keep their eyes open so they can prey on homeowners in trouble.

Latest Scam Articles

How can you tell if a work-from-home job is a scam?

Dear Consumer Ed:  My regular work hours have been cut back, so I’ve been looking for a work-from-home job to supplement my income. I see work-from-home jobs advertised online, but my friend says most of them are scams. How can I tell if a job posting is legitimate or not? 

Price Gouging

Dear Consumer Ed:  I see stores charging exorbitant prices for groceries, toilet paper and hand sanitizer.  One store I went to is charging $11 for six rolls of toilet paper and $6 a pound for ground beef. Isn’t this price gouging?  

Reducing the risk of check and financial fraud

Dear Consumer Ed:  Since the front of my personal checks show my bank’s routing number and my bank account number, what’s to stop someone from using that information to have their bills paid through an automatic draft from my account?