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Privacy, Fraud, and Scams
  • Automatic Debit Scams – Cautions consumers not to give out checking account information, or any other personal information, over the phone unless they're familiar with the company and agree to pay for something.
  • Bogus July 1 Email Exposed: The Real Deal on Your Credit File Privacy – An anonymous email containing false and misleading information about the use of your personal information has shown up in email in-boxes across the country for the last several years, leaving many consumers concerned and confused. Here's the real deal from the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Consumer Protection
    • Buying, Giving, and Using Gift Cards – Gift cards can be the perfect gift but there are some things you need to know before buying one.
    • Consumer Advisory on Avoiding Cashier's Check Fraud – Provides information to consumers on avoiding scams involving fraudulent cashier's checks.
    • Frauds & Scams: Protect Yourself and Your Money – Describes some typical financial frauds and scams and suggests how to protect yourself and your money.
    • Go Direct – GoDirect offers a safe way for consumers to receive Social Security and other federal benefit payments.
    • Identity Theft – Identity theft is a federal crime. It occurs when one person's identification (which can include name, social security number, or any account number) is used or transferred by another person for unlawful activities. This booklet is designed to help you understand what identity theft is, how it happens, how to protect yourself, and what steps to take if your identity is stolen.
    • Plastic Fraud: Getting a Handle on Debit and Credit Cards – This pamphlet describes credit and debit cards and some common schemes involving card fraud with tips to help you avoid them.
    • Publications – Consumer Protection publications available from the Federal Reserve
  • Fake Credit Reports: Cashing in on Your Personal Information – Learn how to protect yourself from a high-tech scam known as "phishing." Some Web sites or unsolicited emails offering credit reports may be using bogus sites as a way to capture your personal information and sell it to others who may use it to commit fraud, including identity theft.
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