Advanced fees / Prepayment

    Scammers pose as representatives from phony loan companies and use authentic-looking documents, emails, and websites to appear legitimate...

     

Mystery shopper

Mystery shopping scams are popular with criminals who target employment websites. The ploy’s simple: Scammers send victims a check and...

Overpayment

You receive a check for an amount higher than the agreed-upon price and are asked to send back the excess funds using money transfer, but the check is fake...

Employment

You are asked to send money for a job opportunity you have accepted...

Lottery / Prize

You receive notification you have won a lottery/sweepstakes and need to send money to claim the prize...

Rental property

You are interested in a rental property and asked to send money for reasons that seem legitimate, but the property is not real...

Emergency / Grandparents

You are asked to send money to a friend or family member for an emergency situation...

Internet purchase

You are asked to send money to pay for a product, auction item or service advertized online...

Relationship

You meet someone online, develop a relationship with them, then you are asked to send money to them...

Fake check

You receive a check and are asked to send a portion of the money back for what seems to be a legitimate reason, but the check is fake...