Trending Holiday-Season Fraud Scams
Monday, November 24, 2014
Please be aware of trending holiday-season fraud scams that occur and could affect your account:
- Home Delivery Scam – homeowner finds a delivery notice on their front door notifying of an “unsuccessful” attempted delivery which directs the homeowner to call a number where personal information is given to verify delivery address.
- Holiday Job Offer Scam – fake job posting or work at home scams to get individuals to process money transactions through their accounts.
- Coupon Scams – consumer responds to an offer for online coupons requiring personal or financial information including card or password information.
- Fake Charity Scam – consumer receives mail or in person solicitation to give money to a charity that isn’t local.
- Gift Purchase Scam – scammers advertise popular gifts on websites and social networks where they do not have those items at all.
- Property Rental Scams – scammers rent an apartment/home to multiple consumers at the same time and may not actually own the rental.
- Gift Card Scam – consumer purchases gift cards on an online site or a retail location where when the card is used there is no value on the card/card number.
- Technology Support Scam – consumer is contacted and advised to provide information because of a threat to their computer/mobile device.
- Fraudulent/Fake Check Scam – scammers convincing unwitting victims to accept fraudulent/fake checks where they’re made out for higher amounts than expected so the consumer will be convinced to send back overpayment via cash-like payment or wire transfer.
- Electronic Holiday Greeting Card Scam – clicking on a phony online greeting card can result in downloading keystroke logging program, malware, or virus.
- Fake Downloadable apps/Fake websites – scammers use copy of popular website(s) to trick consumer to provide personal information.
Remember to be cautious with your personal and financial information as this is the time of year where scammers increase their level of activity to lure consumers into giving them their information.