Showing posts with label fraud. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fraud. Show all posts

Monday, April 11, 2022 029 - Frank's Musings - Fraud (audio)

 "In this episode, Frank Falvey discusses internet and telephone fraud; the common scams that are affecting people, the tell tale signs of fraud, and other information to help protect yourself from fraud."

Episode link -> 029 - Frank's Musings - Fraud (audio) 029 - Frank's Musings - Fraud (audio)

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Use These Scam Tools to Spot Fraud

On March 10, we held our annual National Slam the Scam Day to raise awareness of Social Security-related scams and other government imposter scams. In case you missed it, here are our top tools and resources for this year:

Continue reading about the tools to use to spot fraud

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Fraud and older adults – what’s your story?

Fraud and older adults – what’s your story?
by Bridget Small, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Your stories help us better understand how fraud affects every community. During National Consumer Protection Week, we’re offering information and advice for some of these communities. 
Today we’re focusing on scams that have an impact on older adults.


Fraud and older adults – what’s your story?
Fraud and older adults – what’s your story?

Friday, March 11, 2022

Slam the Scam: How to Spot Government Imposters

"Do you know how to spot a government imposter scam? 
That’s the question we’re asking as part of our annual Slam the Scam Day on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Scammers continue to evolve and find new ways to steal your money and personal information. On Slam the Scam Day and throughout the year, we raise awareness about Social Security-related scams and other government imposter scams. We want you to know how you and your loved ones can avoid becoming victims! 
There are common elements to many of these scams. Scammers often exploit fears, threatening you with arrest or legal action. Scammers also pose as Social Security or other government employees and claim there’s a problem with your Social Security number (SSN) or your benefits. They may even claim your SSN is linked to a crime."

Slam the Scam: How to Spot Government Imposters
Slam the Scam: How to Spot Government Imposters

Saturday, March 5, 2022

FTC Kicks Off National Consumer Protection Week this Sunday, March 6

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will launch the annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) this Sunday, March 6. 

Joined by other federal, state, and local agencies, consumer and national advocacy organizations, the FTC will spend March 6-12 sharing information with Americans on how they can avoid scams, identity theft, and other consumer protection issues.

To support these efforts, the FTC and its partners have organized a series of programming ranging from webinars to Twitter chats and livestreams. Topics of interest include college students and cryptocurrency scams, financial caregiving, and how to recover from fraud.

For more about events coming up this week -> 

FTC Kicks Off National Consumer Protection Week this Sunday, March 6
FTC Kicks Off National Consumer Protection Week this Sunday, March 6

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tri-County Students Work to Prevent Elder Fraud

Juniors from the Legal and Protective Service Program Present to Local Seniors

Students from the class of 2023 in the Legal and Protective Services Career Program at Tri-County RVTHS are bringing important public safety presentations to several local area senior citizen centers. The presentations are focused on how to prevent scams and fraudulent practices that target the elderly and become more prevalent during the holiday season.

These presentations will help seniors learn how to identify and respond to scammers. The students aim to prevent the elderly community members from falling victim to illegal practices that could drain their savings, endanger, or frighten them. The students enrolled in the Legal and Protective Services Program independently researched the information in their presentations, including interviewing local law enforcement officers. 

Topics include Phishing & Identity Theft, IRS, romantic/companionship, sweepstakes, charity, funeral, and grandparent scams. According to the local law enforcement agencies, scams like this are prevalent, and residents of the immediate communities have been scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Through research, the students recognized that scammers rely on strong emotions to catch their victims off guard. They will emotionally manipulate their victims through fear, intimidation, excitement, exhaustion, sympathy, guilt, grief, embarrassment, and love. This manipulation keeps intelligent, rational people from making sound financial decisions. Victims of financial scams rarely recover the money they lose and it can take years for victims of identity theft to undo the damage. 

After the first presentation in Franklin, an attendee expressed how grateful she was that these presentations were being provided to the community. After losing her husband several years ago, she fell victim to a scam and understands first-hand how real and cruel these scammers are. 

Elder Fraud Presentations will be held at the following locations: Walpole COA on 12/2 at 1pm, Attleboro COA on 12/14 at 12:30pm, and Wrentham COA on 12/16 at 9:30am. If you would like to have an elder fraud presentation in your area, please contact Brenna Ferrick.


presentation in Franklin
presentation in Franklin

The students in the photo in front of the Franklin Senior Center are (L to R) Emma Feeley (Plainville), Ben Bryson (Franklin), Jack Campbell (Walpole), Sophia Rodriguez (Blackstone), Jack Gagliani (Medway), Sabra Flanagan (Franklin), Samantha Bourque (Seekonk), Emily DeLuca (Bellingham), Tyler Gardner (Milford), Grace Crowell (Millis), Ava Cavallaro (Bellingham), Hayden Briggs (Medway), Tyler Girouard (Millis), Hailey Tichner (Medfield).

student group outside the Franklin Senior Center
outside the Franklin Senior Center

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Communities thrive when we work together

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Ami Dziekan, Division of Consumer Response and Operations

Every day dedicated community advocates work to improve the lives and protect the rights of people across the country. The FTC is proud of our work with the legal services community and we are excited to share the Community Advocate Center, a new resource to help you report to the FTC your clients' experiences with fraud, scams, and bad business practices.

Read more >

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

New IRS imposter scam targets college students and staff

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Ari Lazarus, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

If you're a college student, faculty, or staff member, you're going to want to pay attention to this one. IRS imposters are sending phishing emails to people with ".edu" email addresses, saying they have information about your "tax refund payment." What do they really want? Your personal information.

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New IRS imposter scam targets college students and staff
New IRS imposter scam targets college students and staff

Friday, February 5, 2021

FTC Consumer Alerts: The top frauds of 2020

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Monica Vaca, Associate Director, Division of Consumer Response and Operations

2020 was a tough year. Between the pandemic and the economic crisis, we all had our hands full. And scammers didn't take any time off either — 2020 was a busy year for fraud. In 2020, the FTC got more than 2.2 million reports about fraud, with people telling us they lost nearly $3.3 billion.

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This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week with Events to Help Consumers Identify Risks of Identity Theft During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Federal Trade Commission is launching Identity Theft Awareness Week, February 1-5, 2021, with a series of events to highlight steps consumers can take to help reduce their risk of identity theft and recover if identity theft occurs.

Identity theft happens when someone steals personal information about you such as your Social Security number or credit card information, and uses it to commit fraud. Reports about any type of identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints(link is external) submitted to the FTC through the third quarter of 2020.

As part of Identity Theft Awareness Week, the FTC will participate in webinars and other events to highlight what you can do to protect your personal information, red-flag warning signs of possible identity theft, and steps to take if identity theft happens to you. 

Events include a webinar on Monday, February 1, with Identity Theft Resource Center and FTC experts discussing identity theft during the pandemic, and a Facebook Live discussion on Thursday, February 4, hosted by the AARP Fraud Watch Network, focused on COVID-19-related identity theft, current trends, and ways to protect yourself.

You can find the full list of events at, along with details on how to participate and tips on how to reduce the risk of identity theft.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition and to protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and report scams, fraud, and bad business practices online at

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FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week
FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week

Monday, December 7, 2020

Boston Globe: "State says it has recovered $242 million in fraudulent jobless claims"

From the Boston Globe, an article of interest for Franklin:
"The Baker administration said Friday that it has recovered more than $242 million in fraudulently issued unemployment benefits, in part the result of crime schemes first revealed last May.

The figures released in a statement are the latest tally of how many phony claims were filed and how much money the state has recovered.

Of the more than 2.3 million claims received since March, the administration said it has identified almost 172,000 fraudulent claims — or about 7.5 percent. The state has recovered about $1,400 per fraudulent claim.

The administration blamed an international criminal fraud ring targeting the state Department of Unemployment Assistance at a time when it was besieged with an unprecedented number of claims made by people laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Thursday, October 29, 2020

How You Can Protect Yourself from Hackers and Scammers

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

Protect Yourself from Hackers and Scammers

Hackers try to exploit vulnerabilities in your computer or phone. To steal your personal information, they trick you into downloading malicious software to your device so they can take control. And scammers try to get you to let your guard down by making up a story to get your money or information. But there's plenty you can do to protect your personal information and your wallet.

Protect the Devices You Connect to the Internet

Know How to Avoid a Scam

If someone says you must pay by wiring money through Western Union or MoneyGram, by putting money on a gift card and then giving them the number on the back, or with cryptocurrency, it's a scam.

Learn how to recognize and avoid common scams you might see in your inbox, on your phone, or online.

Report Scammers

If you spot a scam — or something you think is a scam — reporting it can help the FTC protect you and your community. Report it at

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

FTC Consumer Alerts: Charity fraud awareness, here and abroad

FTC Consumer Alerts: Charity fraud awareness, here and abroad
by Rosario Méndez, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

Today is the start of International Charity Fraud Awareness Week (ICFAW), a coordinated international effort to help charities and donors avoid charity fraud. 

The FTC joins state charities regulators across the country, the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO), and international partners in this campaign. By joining forces, we can reach more people and more charities with information and advice. Money lost to bogus charities and scammers means less donations to help those in need. And no one wants that, either here or abroad.

Read more

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Millennials and fraud: What’s the story?

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer and Business Education

Lots of people fall for scams. Is it any different for Millennials? That's what the FTC explores in its new Data Spotlight, Not what you think: Millennials and fraud.

Read more 

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds: Promotes Protection Against Real Estate Fraud

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Promotes Protection Against Real Estate Fraud

Continuing his efforts to protect homeowners against dishonest individuals, Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell reminds residents about the availability of a free on-line Consumer Notification Service offered by the Registry to protect Norfolk County property owners against fraud.

"The F.B.I. has reported that property and mortgage fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes in the United States. Multiple jurisdictions across the country have reported individuals recording fraudulent documents and making it appear like they own another person's home or property. While we have been fortunate that this problem has not revealed itself here in Norfolk County, I want to make sure my office is proactively and vigorously protecting consumers," noted Register O'Donnell.

Any owner of real property in the twenty-eight communities comprising Norfolk County can sign-up for the Consumer Notification Service free of charge by doing the following: Go to the Registry's website,, and click on the Consumer Notification Service Get Consumer Alerts button to complete the initial registration. From there, follow the remaining sign-up instructions.

Once you have signed up for the service, each subscriber will be able to input two names, individual or business, and the corresponding city or town in Norfolk County for monitoring. They can monitor their real estate for such activities as changes in deeds, mortgages, non-mortgage liens, Homesteads or other land documents that might be recorded against their property.

If a document is recorded against one of the names inputted for monitoring, the subscriber will be alerted via email, usually within 24 hours. The person can check the Registry's on-line land research records at as an option. If a subscriber believes a fraudulent land record has been recorded against their property, they should then immediately contact the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101. The subscriber would also be given a list of public safety referrals by the Registry.

Register O'Donnell concluded, "As your Norfolk County Register of Deeds, I take very seriously the Registry's responsibility to provide secure, accurate and accessible land records for all Norfolk County communities. I also want to be proactive in ensuring that there is no fraudulent activity related to land document recordings. By offering the Consumer Notification Service, we are able to provide a level of protection to the program's subscribers against unscrupulous individuals who would attempt to commit real estate fraud. We are delighted already to have more than 400 residents sign-up for the free service."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at or follow us on

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336

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screen grab of Norfolk Deeds webpage
screen grab of Norfolk Deeds webpage

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Franklin, MA: Police provide fraud alert

From the Franklin, MA Police Dept alert system:

An unknown group is soliciting Franklin residents for donations.  They claim to be working with the Franklin Police Department to develop a "Don't Drink and Drive" type program, geared towards younger people.
The Franklin Police Department is NOT SOLICTING FOR ANY FUNDS.  We have NO affiliation with this group.
If contacted, you are urged to report this (and any phone number you may obtain) to the Office of the Attorney General.

You can subscribe to these alerts here: