Fight the Fraud Inferno! 



  • Name
  • Birthday
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Address
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit/debit card numbers


  1. If you are using a payment transfer service such as Zelle, Venmo, or Facebook Messenger Money Transfers, DO NOT use them to transfer money to people who you do not know personally.
  2. If you receive a text message that asks for your financial information, is finance related, or appears to come from a bank that you do not use, DO NOT respond. If you signed up for text or mobile banking with your own bank, use these services with caution.
  3. NEVER use your bank account to process a payment for someone.
  4. Not all websites are legitimate. Ensure that websites for financial services are secure with a website that begins with “https” and shows a lock icon. A best practice is to secure a loan from a bank or legitimate loan service center that you can visit in-person.




To win the lottery, you have to play the lottery. The lottery WILL NOT call you to tell you that you won - you must take your lottery ticket/scratch o/etc. to a business that sells lottery tickets in order to prove that you have won.


Arrest Warrant

Paying money DOES NOT allow you to avoid a warrant. Neither the federal government nor any law enforcement agencies will ever call you to say that they will accept a payment from you to avoid being arrested.


Social Security

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration WILL NOT call you and ask for your Social Security Number or payments, and will not call to threaten your benefits. They will not call you to inform you that your accounts have been compromised and do not monitor for fraud.


Gift Cards

Gift cards are only used to make personal purchases, and are NEVER a valid form of payment to a government or business entity.


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More Scam Information

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides information about current scams and how to recognize the warning signs. You can also sign up to receive alerts when new scams are discovered. 


Click here for the FTC's scam website.