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No government agency will ever call someone and ask them to provide payment for anything over the telephone or by email. Often criminals will contact people impersonating a law enforcement officer and tell them a friend or loved one has been arrested and that credit card information is required to "bail them out," or they will ask that gift cards be mailed to a specific address. DO NOT provide any information to these individuals and contact your local police agency as soon as possible.
Criminals use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they follow the headlines — and the money.
Stay informed with the latest info and practical tips from the nation’s consumer protection agencies. The links below provide information on the latest scams and offer tips on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Be sure to visit these sites often and share the information with family and friends. Keep your eyes open for suspicious behavior and remember, if something seems to good to be true, it most likely is.