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Scam Information and Warnings

Money Transfer, Wire Services, Green Dot Money Pak

A common tool used by scammers is to convince you over the telephone or e-mail to pay using a wire transfer service such as Western Union or Money Gram.
Scammers may also try to tell you to pay them using a Green Dot Money Pak card or similar pre-paid credit card purchased at a store.  These services provide a convenient way to transfer or give money to someone else, but should be used wisely.  For more information click on their links in bold type above.

People trying to steal your money over the telephone will often have these traits:
- Poor telephone connections consisting of static or delays in speaking.
- Claim of working for a branch of the government or law enforcement.
- Claim that you are involved in an enforcement action or legal proceedings.
- May threaten you with arrest for failing to follow through with payment.
- They may at some point request you purchase a Money Pak or Green Dot or
   similar pre-paid credit card at a store and read them the numbers over the
   phone.  DO NOT DO THIS.  IT IS A SCAM!

Lower your chances of falling victim to fraud by checking out these eight
things you should never do when using a money transfer service.

1. Never wire money to people you don't know or haven't met.
2. Never wire money to pay for taxes or fees on lottery or prize winnings.
3. Never purchase a pre-paid card at a store and give the number to someone
over the phone who has called you requesting you do this.
4. Never provide your banking information to people or businesses you don’t know.
5. Never wire money in advance to obtain a loan or credit card.
6. Never wire money for an emergency situation without verifying that it’s a real emergency.
7. Never send funds from a check you received in the mail and deposited in your account until it officially clears—which can take weeks.
8. Never wire a money transfer for online purchases.

FBI E-Scams and Warnings (third party website link)

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive reports of individuals' e-mail or social networking accounts being compromised and used in a social engineering scam to swindle consumers out of thousands of dollars. Portraying to be the victim, the hacker uses the victim's account to send a notice to their contacts. The notice claims the victim is in immediate need of money due to being robbed of their credit cards, passport, money, and cell phone; leaving them stranded in London or some other location. Some claim they only have a few days to pay their hotel bill and promise to reimburse upon their return home. A sense of urgency to help their friend/contact may cause the recipient to fail to validate the claim, increasing the likelihood of them falling for this scam. If you receive a similar notice and are not sure it is a scam, you should always verify the information before sending any money.

If you have been a victim of this type of scam or any other Cyber crime, you can report it to the IC3 website at The IC3 complaint database links complaints for potential referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration. Complaint information is also used to identity emerging trends and patterns. ....More

Internet Crime Prevention Tips (third party website link)

Internet crime schemes that steal millions of dollars each year from victims continue to plague the Internet through various methods. There are preventative measures that will assist you in being informed prior to entering into transactions over the Internet. ...More

Internet Crime Schemes (third party website link)

Current and ongoing Internet trends and schemes identified by the Internet Crime Complaint Center along with its description. ...More

Internet Crime Complaint Center (third party website link)

Prior to filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), please read the following information regarding terms and conditions. Should you have additional questions prior to filing your complaint. ...More

How to Avoid Internet Investment Scams (third party website link)

The Internet serves as an excellent tool for investors, allowing them to easily and inexpensively research investment opportunities. But the Internet is also an excellent tool for fraudsters. That's why you should always think twice before you invest your money in any opportunity you learn about through the Internet. This alert tells you how to spot different types of Internet fraud, what the SEC is doing to fight Internet investment scams, and how to use the Internet to invest wisely. ...More

How to recognize phishing e-mails or links (third party website link)

Phishing e-mail messages are designed to steal your identity. They ask for personal data, or direct you to Web sites or phone numbers to call where they ask you to provide personal data. Sometimes phishing e-mails direct you to spoofed web sites. Here’s an example of the kind of phrase you might see in an e-mail message that directs you to a phishing Web site. ...More

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