Identity Theft & Financial Fraud
updated 07/08/14



07/08/14 - added FDIC link below - "Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud."

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FTC Scam Alerts
FTC Consumer alerts

Financial Scams and ID Theft
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FTC Consumer Protection

Privacy & Identity

"Your personal information is a valuable commodity. It’s not only the key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity. Knowing how to protect your information — and your identity — is a must in the 21st century. Here are some tips to doing it effectively."

DHS Stop Think Connect
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and National Cyber Security
Alliance (NCSA) led the development of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
campaign.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides the
Federal Government's leadership for the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign
Fake Checks
Everything You Need to Know... and More

This website was created by the National Consumers League (NCL), the nation's oldest nonprofit consumer organization, as a central source of information and advice about fake check scams. NCL created the site in collaboration with the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness, a coalition of consumer and business organizations, government agencies and companies that are committed to fighting fake check scams

Ask the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about:

Money transfers remittances overseas remittance transfers international wire money send money abroad ACH Automated Clearing House (ACH) Automated Clearing House network credit union electronic payments Mortgages housing counseling lender reverse mortgage housing counselor GFE Good Faith Estimate servicer closing settlement broker insurance foreclosure

Other categories: Student loans Auto loans Bank accounts and services Credit reports and scores Prepaid cards Credit cards Debt collection Payday loans Money basics

Especially for Service members Students Older Americans Parents
Stop Fraud dot gov

The Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force maintains a wide list of resources and information dedicated to helping find and report suspected cases of financial fraud.

IRS Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft

The Internal Revenue Service has issued several recent consumer warnings on the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scamsters trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets.


When identity theft takes place over the Internet, it is called phishing


Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud.


FDIC Consumer News
...including their quarterly newsletter.

"FDIC Consumer News provides practical guidance on how to become a smarter, safer user of financial services. Each issue offers helpful hints, quick tips, and common-sense strategies to protect and stretch your hard-earned dollars."


IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014;
Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

The Dirty Dozen listing, compiled by the IRS each year, lists a variety of common scams taxpayers can encounter at any point during the year. But many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns.  IR-2014-16, Feb. 19, 2014



Phishing / Vishing / Smishing
If you are not sure (exactly) what they mean, click on the link below to find our more.
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Click here to view the PDF about Phishing / Vishing / Smishing