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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!

  1. Are you trying to cash or deposit a check from an item you sold on the Internet, such as a car, boat, jewelry, etc?
  2. Is the amount of the check more than the item's selling price?
  3. Did you receive the check via an overnight delivery service?
  4. Is the check connected to communicating with someone by e-mail?
  5. Is the check drawn on a business or individual account that is different from the person buying your item or product?
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. Have you been asked to pay money to receive a deposit from another country such as Canada, England, or Nigeria?
  9. Are you receiving pay or commission for facilitating money transfers through your account?
  10. 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.