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Avoiding Scams


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  Jury Duty
If you receive a call telling you that you're about to be arrested because you missed jury duty, hang up.
star  Utility Shutoff Scams
Scammers are posing as electric company employees and demanding payment.
handcuffs  Arrest Scam
If you get a call, text or email telling you that you’re about to be arrested, you can bet it’s a scam.
 Fraud Recovery Recovering From Unemployment Insurance Fraud
Here's what to do if a scammer filed for unemployment in your name
Dealing with Robocalls
Tips to ease your frustration with these pesky calls
No Fraud  Unemployment Fraud for Employers
COVID-19 cells  Avoid COVID-19 Scams
Tips for Consumers and Businesses
  What to Do If You Lost Money to a Scam
Find out here! 
Is Your Love For Real?
5 Questions to help you spot an online dating disaster!
  Beware of Fake Check Scams in the Mail
How bogus paychecks can put you in debt  

College Card Cracking
Jobs & contests you don't want to win

Avoid Identity Theft and Scams
Tips to keep your private info safe   
Fighting Imposter Scams
Tips to protect yourself and your loved ones

Warning:  Phony Debt Collection Calls
Collection scam targets payday loan borrowers 
College Job Scam
Phony employers target college students
  Scams That Take Aim at Seniors
How scammers get money from older Americans 
Business Scams
Scams that target your business
  I-tunes Gift Card Grandparent Scam Alert
Seniors have lost up to $12,000 a piece in this evolving scam  
OPM Data Breach
Make sure the letter you receive is official
   Imposter Scams
If you’re asked to pay with money wires or gift cards, watch out! It’s likely a scam.

Business Alert: Utility Shut-off Scam
Utility shutoff scam calls may increase during the upcoming holidays  

College Students: Warn Grandma
This scam uses students' names to rip off their grandparents 

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Sheriff Imposter Scams
If you have received an emailed jury summons, do not reply. It is a scam.


Learn more about scams from Scam Squad



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