Consumer Topics: Internet Fraud

Phishing and Pharming: Helping Consumers Avoid Internet Fraud
http://www.bos.frb.org/consumer/phishpharm/index.htm

U.S. Postal Inspectors… The Tradition Continues
Presentation at the 2005 National Consumer Protection Week Conference
http://www.bos.frb.org/consumer/conf/ncpw/2005/postal.pdf 

Fraud: Recognize It. Report It. Stop It.
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel20.shtm

Fraud on the Line: Avoiding “Do Not Call Scams”
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt055.shtm

CRA Scam offsite
Beware of advertisements offering a Community Reinvestment Act program loan endorsed by the Federal Reserve. Find out more.
http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/press/other/2007/20070216/default.htm

www.fraud.org/ offsite
Home of the National Fraud Information Center and Internet Fraud Watch programs
http://www.fraud.org/

Vishing: Another Internet Fraud Scam
http://www.bos.frb.org/consumer/spotlight/vishing.htm

Fraud Victims Sometimes Have Nowhere to Turn offsite
The difference between “available” funds in a bank customer’s account and “collected” funds. http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070131/NEWS/701310346/1002

Who You Gonna Call?
Are you concerned that money you received may be counterfeit?  Was your credit card recently stolen?  Is it possible that someone may have paid you with a fraudulent check? Do you think that you may be a victim of identity theft? 

If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, call the U.S. Secret Service at (617) 565-5640 and ask for the duty agent.  Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the duty agent is on call 24 hours. See also: advisory about fake checks and money orders from U.S. and Canadian governments.

http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/documents/08public-advisory-counterfeit.pdf

Tips on Preventing Cashier's Check Fraud offsite
http://www.aba.com/ABAEF/cashierscheckfraud.htm

Seller Beware. Cashier's Checks Not Always As Good As Cash offsite
By betraying our trust of banks, fraudsters are passing counterfeit cashier's checks to unsuspecting individuals and businesses and tricking people out of large sums of money.
http://www.gcglaw.com/resources/financial/cashiers.html

FTC Names Its Dirty Dozen: 12 Scams Most Likely to Arrive via Bulk Email
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/1998/07/dozen.shtm

 

Related Links

Hanging Up on Cross Border Phone Fraud
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel02.shtm

New Spin on Sweepstakes Scams
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2005/11/sweeps.shtm

Reloading Scams: Double Trouble for Consumers
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel10.shtm

Scams Involving the Federal Reserve Name
http://www.newyorkfed.org/banking/frscams.html

Frauds and Scams: Protect Yourself and Your Money
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel20.shtm

Check Fraud Brochure
http://www.frbservices.org/Retail/pdf/CheckFraud.pdf

Anti-Phishing Working Group
http://www.antiphishing.org/consumer_recs.html

PhishRegistry.org 
http://www.phishregistry.org

When Internet Scam Artists Go “Phishing”
http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnwin0304/phishing.html

Internet Pirates Are Trying to Steal Your Information
http://www.occ.gov/consumer/phishing.htm

Identity Theft: Protect Yourself Home Page
http://www.bos.frb.org/consumer/identity/index.htm