FBI Fraud Alerts
The following ten question self-check was developed from the FBI Fraud Schemes page and is meant to serve as a guide for consumers to protect themselves while conducting business on the Internet.
If you can answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you could be a victim of fraud or about to be scammed!
- Are you trying to cash or deposit a check from an item you sold on the Internet, such as a car, boat, jewelry, etc?
- Is the amount of the check more than the item's selling price?
- Did you receive the check via an overnight delivery service?
- Is the check connected to communicating with someone by e-mail?
- Is the check drawn on a business or individual account that is different from the person buying your item or product?
- Have you been informed that you were the winner of a lottery usch as Canadian, Australian, El Gordo, or El Mundo, that you did not enter?
- Have you been instructed to either "WIRE", "SEND", or "SHIP" MONEY, as soon as possible, to a large U.S. city or to another country such as Canada, England, or Nigeria?
- Have you been asked to pay money to receive a deposit from another country such as Canada, England, or Nigeria?
- Are you receiving pay or commission for facilitating money transfers through your account?
- Did you respond to an e-mail requesting you to CONFIRM, UPDATE, or PROVIDE your account information?
For more information please visit the FBI Fraud Schemes page.