Common & Recent Scams
Tech Support Scams
Currently, scammers are pretending to be technical support for well known tech giants, or a representative from an internet service provider. They do this to gain access to your personal computer to install malware, or tell you to install bogus software to get your payment information. Generally, they try to gain access through pop ups on your computer.
Here's what to do:
- Don't click. Don't click on any pop up links or enter personal information. You don't want to give a scammer access to your computer or financial information.
- Report it. If you spot a scam, even if you fall victim to a scam, report it to the FTC. Call 1-877-FTC-HELP or online at ftc.gov/complaint.
- Tell your friends and family. Help your loved ones protect themselves by sharing this information, it’s the best way for all of us to stay safe online.
For more information about this type of scam, visit consumer.ftc.gov/features/pass-it-on/imposter-scams/tech-support-scams
The uncertainty and evolving nature of the information relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic has given rise to a variety of scams.
COVID-19 Vaccine Scam
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more here
To guard against these scams:
- Consult your state’s health department website for up-to-date information about authorized vaccine distribution channels and only obtaining a vaccine through such channels.
- Check the FDA’s website (fda.gov) for current information about vaccine emergency use authorizations.
- Consult your primary care physician before undergoing any vaccination.
- Don’t share your personal or health information with anyone other than known and trusted medical professionals.
- Check your medical bills and insurance explanation of benefits (EOBs) for any suspicious claims and promptly reporting any errors to your health insurance provider.
- Follow guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other trusted medical professionals.