American Bank - Education Center
Scam artists use clever schemes to defraud millions of people across the
globe each year, threatening financial security, and generating
substantial profits for criminal organizations and common crooks.
They use phone, email, postal mail, and the internet to cross geographic
boundaries and trick victims into sending money or giving out personal
Identity theft involves the misuse of another
individual's personal identifying information for fraudulent purposes.
It is almost always committed to facilitate other crimes, such as credit
card fraud, mortgage fraud, and check fraud.
Click here to learn tips to recognize
and avoid identity theft.
Every year, thousands of people lose money to
telemarketing scams - from a few dollars to their life savings.
Telephone scammers are good at what they do. They say anything to cheat
people out of their money. They may call and imply that they work for a
company you trust, or they may send mail or place ads to convince you to
call them. Click here
to learn tips to recognize and avoid telemarketing fraud.
If you are thinking about giving to a
charity, do your research to avoid fraudsters who try to take advantage
of your generosity. Click here to
learn tips to recognize and avoid charity fraud.
Email fraud uses email messages to trick victims into sending
financial information or money to criminals, often in other countries.
Click here to learn tips to recognize and avoid email fraud.
Social Networking Fraud
Social networking sites are great ways to connect with people you
have not seen in a long time. The sites are also filled with many
hoaxes, and internet scammers are increasingly looking to social
networking sites as a way of finding new victims.
Click here to learn tips to recognize and avoid social networking
Online Auction Fraud
Thinking of bidding in an online auction, or selling some of your
stuff? Internet auctions are a great resource for shoppers and
sellers, but you need to watch out for some pitfalls.
Click here to learn tips to recognize and avoid online auction
This site is for educational purposes
and is not intended to provide legal advice. For specific advice
about your unique circumstances, you may wish to consult a qualified
professional. Credits: Federal Trade Commission; Federal Bureau of
Investigation; Homeland Security; National Cyber Security Alliance.