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Consumer Tip: Medicare does not give out DNA kits

Here’s one that goes to show just how creative scammers can be. The FTC is getting reports that callers claiming to be from Medicare are asking people for their Medicare numbers, Social Security numbers, and other personal information…in exchange for DNA testing kits. The callers might say the test is a free way to get […]

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Consumer Alert: Fake Online Car Sales

You can buy practically anything online, including used cars. But before you shell out any hard-earned cash, here’s a warning about scammers trying to sell cars they don’t have or own. Here’s how the scam works: Criminals post ads on online auction and sales websites, like eBay Motors, for inexpensive used cars (that they don’t […]

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Consumer Tip: Social Security Benefits

We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently. Check out this SSA imposter robocall, which says your benefits will end. (That’s not true, by the way.) If you get a call like this, do not press 1. Instead, just hang up and remember: Your Social Security number is not about […]

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Consumer Tip: Avoid Crowdfunding Scams

Crowdfunding is one way to support a project you believe in and get rewards for that support. But the project you’re backing is only as good as the people behind it. Some dishonest people can take your money but produce nothing – no product, no project, and no reward. Here’s how crowdfunding works: People called […]

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Consumer Tip: Summer Vacations

Summer is near and that means vacations. With so many services offering discount vacations, it’s important to know how to avoid getting scammed. According to the Federal Trade Commission, here are some ways to ensure a relaxing vacation: Do some research First, get recommendations from family and friends on good travel agencies, vacation rentals, hotels […]

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Consumer Alert: One Ring’ Phone Scam

For illegal robocallers, the goal isn’t always getting you to answer. Sometimes, it’s getting you to call back. Every so often, your phone may ring once and then stop. If that happens to you, and you do not recognize the number, do not return the call. You may be the target of a “one-ring” phone […]

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Scam Alert: Payroll Scam

A new scam targets your direct deposit info and sends your paycheck to a criminal’s account. Please be aware of a scam that has been increasing in regularity, targeting municipal, state and school employees. While seeming to spread from the Midwest at the end of 2018, Upper Freehold (Monmouth County) reported an incident earlier this […]

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Consumer Tip: Netflix Phishing

Phishing is when someone uses fake emails or texts to get you to share valuable personal information – like account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use your information to steal your money, your identity, or both. They also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network. […]

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