NEW ALERT: AVOID THESE TOP TEN SCAMS OF 2020
This year’s report shows link between COVID-19, recession, and most common scams preying on Americans
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Charlotte P., Florida
Total saved: $10,000 / Work-at-home scam
“I don’t know how to thank you, but if you were here I would give you a hug for saving me from getting ripped off. Thank you so much.”
William L., New York
Total saved: $3,000 / Sweepstakes scam
A scammer posing as a sweepstakes company had convinced William he’d won a $450K prize and by the time he contacted us, William had already wired $1,500 to the scammer for “fees.” Fraud.org staff helped William understand how the scam worked, and convinced him not to send more money, saving him another $3,000 in losses.
Kristie D., New York
Total saved: $2,500 / Craigslist scam
Trying to sell a piece of furniture on Craigslist, Kristie received a legitimate-looking cashier’s check for $2,800 to cover the purchase and shipping costs from a buyer named “David.” When David asked Kristie to cash the check and wire part of it back to a “shipping company,” Kristie became suspicious and contacted Fraud.org. We intervened, explained how the scam worked, and saved her $2,500.