You aren't the only one being scammed! Check out Consumer Jungle's Fraud of the Month. Here, we will post the latest scams circulating the consumer world. To put it simply, read these articles to be a smarter consumer. You never know, they might just help you avoid future scams.

 

Fraudsters are now sending phishing text messages pretending to be your bank threatening to close your account if you don't respond with your personal information.

The enticement of a free phone usually attracts the uninformed and sucks the consumer into a costly two year contract which bears a heavy penalty to terminate. Many young adults never consider the consequences of monthly contractual debt that often exceeds $100 per month, with additional penalties for overuse or late charges.

The U.S. Postal Service will never send its customers an email. If you fall victim to receiving an email notification from them, do not click on the link or open the attachment! The link and/or file contain malware that will be instantly downloaded onto your computer, providing the hacker direct access to all of the information stored on your computer.

A scammer will call and hang up after one ring, then when you call back to find out who it is, they bill you while you wait to connect to the "right person". 

A robocall is an automated cold call from a company or scam artist that attempts to sell you a product or service and obtain your credit card information. Many scammers use very realistic autodialers making it difficult to tell whether or not the robocall is an automated system.

  • 2014-10

    Fraudsters are now sending phishing text messages pretending to be your bank threatening to close your account if you don't respond with your personal information.

    Cell Phones
  • 2014-07

    The enticement of a free phone usually attracts the uninformed and sucks the consumer into a costly two year contract which bears a heavy penalty to terminate. Many young adults never consider the consequences of monthly contractual debt that often exceeds $100 per month, with additional penalties for overuse or late charges.

    Cell Phones
  • 2014-06

    The U.S. Postal Service will never send its customers an email. If you fall victim to receiving an email notification from them, do not click on the link or open the attachment! The link and/or file contain malware that will be instantly downloaded onto your computer, providing the hacker direct access to all of the information stored on your computer.

    Online Safety
  • 2014-05

    A scammer will call and hang up after one ring, then when you call back to find out who it is, they bill you while you wait to connect to the "right person". 

    Cell Phones
  • 2014-03

    A robocall is an automated cold call from a company or scam artist that attempts to sell you a product or service and obtain your credit card information. Many scammers use very realistic autodialers making it difficult to tell whether or not the robocall is an automated system.

    Identity Theft
  • 2014-02

    Most people consider themselves savvy when it comes to protecting their hard earned money from a stranger on a telephone. Unfortunately, telephone scammers are particularly good at deception. When it comes to money, they will say, and do, anything to get a few cents out of a complete stranger.To be safe from telemarketing scams don’t buy anything as a result of a call you did not initiate, and from a person that you don’t personally know.

    Identity Theft
  • 2014-01

    Target Corporation's customers who used credit or debit cards at the end of 2013 may have suffered data security breaches.

    This information is valuable to thieves who could use it to lure victims with fake emails or hack into other accounts.

  • 2013-12

    We do our shopping online and look for the best deals, especially during the Christmas season when online websites are competing with Black Friday retailers. You must be exceedingly careful, however, that you are getting what you think you are ordering. Selling counterfeit name brand goods online has reached new heights in a sophisticated wave of fraud.

    Online Safety
  • 2013-10

    When a fraudster calls to fix your phone by having you dial nine (9) zero (0) pound (#) then hang up your phone, don't do it! 

    Identity Theft
  • 2013-09

    Nearly 33% of automobile insurance claims from accidents are fraudulent, making insurance fraud the second most common scheme behind tax evasion. 

    If you get into a minor car accident, there are key steps to take in order to protect yourself.