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Fraudsters use the same old scam, new twist. We'll keep you informed about some of the most current and clever schemes.

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Recent Scam Alerts!

A New Kind of Low
We've written about notarios and scams in the immigration process time and again.  The story is nearly always along these lines... 
by: Federal Trade Commission

Scam targeting Spanish-speaking consumers
You know those commercials you see on TV selling everything from clothing to electronics?  Temped to call and place an order? Read this first. 
by: Federal Trade Commission

Oklahoma Insurance Department to Teach Seniors How to Fight Fraud   
Conferences offered across the state to help seniors avoid getting swindled.  Topics will address Medicare fraud, home repair scams, identity theft, credit card fraud and more.
by: Medicare Assistance Program

Cyber-Related Scams Targeting Universities, Employees & Students   
Spear phishing e-mails are being sent to university employees that appear to be from their employer.
by: IC3

Grandparent Scam   
A telephone scam involving a call that claims a "relative" is in financial trouble or legal crisis.
by: IC3

Tax Phone Scam Called Largest of It's Kind   
Watch out for fake IRS call scam sweeping the nation. 
by: Fraud Watch Network

Beware of Foreclosure Scams   
Fraudsters are charging homeowners up to $250 to assist them with mortgage claim forms - but did you know this is a free service!
by: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

Gift Card Tampering  
Gift Card tampering and balance theft continues to be an evolving fraud concern, and for many merchants the activity occurs under the radar. 
by: IC3

22 Tips for Avoiding Scams & Swindles
Far too many older adults fall prey to scammers who are looking to make a quick buck.  Here's how to steer clear of them and stay safe!
by: National Council on Aging

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Want to Get Paid to Drive Your Own Car?
Several complainants reported a scam to the IC3 involving the advertising of a company's logo on their personal vehicle while they go about their normal daily routine.
by: IC3

Automotive Brand Hijackers Use False Protection Claims and Live Chat to Lure Online Auto Shoppers

Shopping for a vehicle online?  Scammers use bogus vehicle sales and false claims of vehicle protection (VVP) programs.
by: IC3 

Car Cloning
Car cloning: stealing the identity of a legitimately-owned vehicle and slapping it onto a stolen car.
by: FBI

Fake Military Twist on Vehicle Sale Scams
The FBI continues to receive reports of individuals victimized while attempting to purchase vehicles via the Internet.
by: IC3

Fraudster Double-Dipping
In a new twist, a fraudster who posts a nonexistent vehicle for sale on the Internet, gets his funds not once, but twice.
by: IC3

Online Vehicle Scam Using Kelley Blue Book's Name
Fraudsters posing as Kelley Blue Book agents attempt to swindle thousands of dollars from online vehicle buyers.
by: IC3

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Helping Victims of the Bombing in Boston - Make Sure Your Donations Count
After the bombing at the Boston Marathon, many people are looking for ways to help, like donating to a charity or fund.
by: Federal Trade Commission

Attorney General Pruitt Warns Oklahomans to Beware of National Charity Scams After Hurricane Sandy
Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a warning for Oklahomans who plan to contribute to charities and assist residents in the northeast following Hurricane Sandy.
by: Oklahoma Attorney General  

Justice Department Officials Raise Awareness of Disaster Fraud Hotline
Suspected fraudulent activity pertaining to relief efforts associated with the recent series of tornadoes in the Midwest and South should be reported to the NCDF hotline.byby:
by: Department of Justice

Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes
Natural disasters give criminals a way to ask for donations for a good cause, however, the organization may not exist.
by: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma  nat   

Hatain Earthquake Relief Fraud Alert
A reminder that past tragedies and natural disasters prompt individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions.
by: FBI 

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Variation on the Affordable Care Act Scheme
Scammer who is calling: Ma’am, I’m calling from the government. We’re about to send out national medical cards for the new Affordable Care Act.
by: Federal Trade Commission

How to spot Medicare scams
Elderly parents can't always avoid Medicare scammers, so family members may need to help them stay protected. Here's what they can do. 
by: MSN Money

Health Insurance Scams Rise 
Oklahoman's scammed by fake health plan as part of a recession trend to take advantage of customers.

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Stay Away From 'Forensic Mortgage Audits'
Mortgage rescue scams are nothing new. But the scammers have a fairly new wrinkle called the “forensic audit.”
by: ComsumerAffairs

Online Property Rental Scenarios
Several real estate agencies reported that their listings are being duplicated to perpetrate fraudulent online postings.
by: IC3  

Moving Company Scams
The IC3 continues to receive complaints regarding moving company scams. The complaints received at the IC3 do not appear to be linked to each other.
by: IC3

Disaster Scam Prevention
Disaster Scam Prevention Resources
by: Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General

Foreclosure Rescue Conman
This is the stuff that novels are made of - when pens will flow writing on the great foreclosure crisis raging across US today affecting the entire globe.
by: National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Knock, Knock. Who's There? Want to Buy a Home Security System? 
Beware of home alarm sales scams.
by: FTC 

Learn the Signes of Foreclosure Scams and Where to Get Free Help
Watch this video.
by: FTC

"Mass Joinder Lawsuits" Promising Home Mortgage Relief 
Homeowners get a letter stating they are a potential plaintiff in a class action lawsuit being filed against their Mortgage company.
by: IC3

Mortgage Assistance Relief Scams: Another Potential Stress for Homeowners in Distress 
 Many companies use half-truths and even outright lies to sell their services. They promise relief, but don't deliver.
by: FTC  

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 Preventing Immigration Fraud
Someone told me if I pay them a fee, they can expedite my deferred action for childhood arrivals request, is this true?
by: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers   
The IRS warns consumers about a phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants throughout the country.
by: Consumer Action


Beta Bot Malware Blocks Users Anti-Virus Programs  The FBI is aware of a new type of malware known as Beta Bot.  It looks like an official Microsoft Windows message box.  Don't leave your computer vulnerable.
by: IC3

Pirated Software May Contain Malware  
You decide to order some software from an unknown online seller.  The price is so low you just can't pass it up.  What could go wrong?
by: IC3

Verify U.S. Government Social Media Accounts 
Ever wonder whether a Twitter feed is really from the government?  Click here to clear up any doubt.
by: LawSites

I've been robbed while out of the country - Please Send Money
Most readers smile when they read this because they have received bogus emails outlining this "robbed" wire money scenario.
by: Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog

Fake Order Confirmation Emails from American Airlines Leads to Malware
The email is send from the spoofed address "American Airlines" and has the following message... 
by: IC3

A Million Dollars, the Internet Crime Complaint Center and Naked Security: Ingredients for a Scam
An email scam is using a Naked Security news story about the arrest of a gang of suspected credit card fraudsters, in an attempt to scam innocent internet users.
by: IC3

Citadel Malware Continues to Deliver Reveton Ransomware in Attempts to Extort Money
The latest version of the ransomware uses the name of the Internet Crime Complaint Center to frighten victims into sending money.
by: IC3

Top Nine Fraud Attacks impacting eCommerce
A payment management company recently reported on the top fraud attacks most impactful to eCommerce.
by: IC3

Dating Extortion Scam
The IC3 has recently received reports regarding a scam that baits individuals into intimate online conversations and then extorting them for financial gain.
by;by by: IC3

Top Words Cyber Criminals Use In Fake Emails
The top words cybercriminals use create a sense of urgency, to trick unsuspecting recipients into downloading malicious files.
by: IC3

Lawyers' Identities Being Used For Fake Websites and Solicitations
 A recent scam has surfaced in which the identify of a Texas attorney was used to set up a fake law firm website.
by: IC3 

New Twist to the Hit Man Scam
A new twist to the Hit Man Scam The victims informed that the e-mails advised they have been targeted for assassination.
ICby byby: IC3 

New Twist to The Work-At-Home Scheme 
The IC3 has previously reported on work-at-home schemes where victims advised they applied for employment through on-line resumes.
by: IC3 

TrendMicro posted the following article on June 4, 2012:
Malicious PowerPoint File Contains Expoit, Drops Backdoor
by: IC3  

SMiSHing arrives in Oklahoma
SMiShing, SMS or text phishing, has hit Northwest Oklahoma in an attempt to gather card information from unsuspecting customers.

Termination of Your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License Spam Campaign Containing Malware
Timeshare owners across the country are being scammed out of millions of dollars by unscrupulous companies that promise to sell or rent the unsuspecting victims’timeshares.
by: IC3

Blackhole Exploit Kit 1.2.3 Released
Blackhole, a software toolkit, is currently the most widely purchased exploit pack in the underground market.
by: IC3

Free Credit Service Website
The IC3 has received over 2,000 complaints regarding a website that is claiming to offer "free" credit services.
by: IC3

Postal Service Warns of New Email Scam
If you get an email from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), it's not what you think it is.

Citadel Malware Continues to Deliver Reveton Ransomware in Attempts to Extort Money
The IC3 has been made aware of a new Citadel malware platform used to deliver ransomware, named Reveton.
by: IC3

Online Phonebook
The IC3 has received several complaints regarding a phonebook website.
by: IC3

Malware Installed on Travelers' Laptops Through Software Updates on Hotels Internet Connections
Malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while establishing an Internet connection in their hotel rooms.
by: IC3

Businesses Targeted With E-mail Purportedly from the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
The victim is asked to review a complaint attached to an e-mail and respond to the BBB. The catch - the attached file contains a virus.
by: IC3

Fraudulent Utility Bill E-Mail
Avoid a computer virus! Find out what attachment not to open.
by: IC3

HTML Attachments Used to Spread Malware
In the last month, security researchers have observed several large spam campaigns with malicious HTML attachments.
by: IC3

Automated Clearing House (ACH) Spam
This scam uses spoofed e-mail addresses to make it look like they are from legitimate payment organizations.
by: IC3

Browser Bot Infection
What happens when your web browser becomes the "bot?" A look at a current Trojan infection campaign.
by: IC3

Child Predators: Online Threat Grows
It's a recipe for trouble: naive teenagers, predatory adults, and - the Internet - that easily connects them.
by: FBI 

Dangerous Side of Online Romance Scams
Someone you know may be "dating" someone online who may appear to be decent, however, could he/she be a criminal?
by: IC3  

 E-mail Purportedly from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Unsolicited e-mail claiming to be from the FDIC notifies the recipient that their ACH and wire transactions have been suspended.
by: IC3  

Fraudsters Preying on Individuals Who are Wanting to Adopt
Recent law enforcement and complaints filed with the IC3 concerning an adoption scam.
by: IC3  

Government Officials' Identities Being Used on Social Networking Sites
 Fraudsters are using names and photos of U.S. government officials to set-up fraudulent social networking profiles.
by: IC3

Illegal Online Pharmacies
Is it Safe?  Is it legal?  Often not...and you need to know the risks.
by: FBI  

IRS Refund / Audit E-mail Scam
Have you received an e-mail stating you are eligible for a tax refund?  Before clicking on the link; read more.
by: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.

Malicious Software Features Usama bin Laden Links to Ensnare Unsuspecting Computer Users
 The FBI warns to exercise caution when receiving e-mails that purport to show photos or videos of Usama bin Laden's death.
by: FBI 

 Modeling Scam
Complainants reported receiving unsolicited e-mails offering them a modeling position.
by: IC3

Online Auction Fraud
Don't let it happen to you!  1 in 4 compaints to the Internet Crime Complaint Center involved online auction fraud.
 by: FBI

Payment Processor Possibly Conducting a Ponzi Scheme
Website used to transfer money for the sales of firearms; may not allow withdrawal of funds after the merchandise is sold.
by: IC3

Personal FDIC Insurance File Email Scam
E-mails fraudulently claiming to be from the FDIC try to trick you into installing unknown software on your computer.
by: IC3

Phishing E-mail Claims "Your Federal Tax Payment was Rejected
Scams about Federal tax payments claiming to be from the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System are on the rise.
by: IC3

Pox Party Online Advertisements
Beware of ads on social media sites that offer ways to obtain "natural immunity" from the chickenpox.
by: IC3

Putting a Lid on International Scams: 10 Tips for Being a Canny Consumer 
Americans report losses of more than a billion dollars a year to these frauds.
by: FTC

Romance Scammers Claiming Affiliation with the IC3
Romance scams originating with dating websites increase.
by: IC3

Smishin & Vishing
And other cyber scams to watch out for during any holiday season.
by: FBI

Techniques Used by Fraudsters on Social Networking Sites
Fraudsters continue to hijack accounts on social networking sites and spread malicious software.
by: Internet Crime Complaint Center

Traffic Ticket Scam
Since July 2011, complaints have been filed reporting fradulent e-mails claiming the recipient had been issued a traffic ticket.
by: IC3

Unauthorized Wire Transfers to China
Cyber criminals are using the compromised online banking credentials of U.S. businesses to send unauthorized wire transfers to Chinese economic and trade companies.
by IC3

Utility Bill Scam
The perpetrator posts on Craiglist - advertising he has "funds to help pay your utility bills" for a fe of half of what you owe.
by: NEWS 9

50 States Reach Agreement with MySpace
Attorneys General from OK and 49 other states come to agreement with social networking site MySpace to help protect kids from Internet predators.
by: Oklahoma Attorney General

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Job Related

Fraud Targeting Direct Sales Companies
Several legitimate direct sales companies have seen a large surge in fake orders being places with their consultants.
by: IC3

Don't Pay for a Promise
Job Seekers - watch this video on how people can spot and steer clear of job scammers.
by: FTC  

Job Scam Used to Reship Merchandise to Russia
Subjects hire individuals as "Gift Wrapper Associates" to receive and gift-wrap merchandise, then ship to an address.
by: IC3

 Looking to Earn Extra Income?  Avoid Bogus Business Opportunity Offers
Before you sign on the dotted line or send money to buy a business opportunity, find out about the Business Opportunity Rule.
by: FTC

Mystery/Secret Shopper Schemes
Retailers often hire evaluators to perform secret checks on themselves or their competitors, and fraudsters do too!
by: IC3 by 

Mystery Shopper Scam to Evaluate Wire Transfer Services  
New twist to the online employment scam.
by: IC3by

New Scam Alert - Work at Home Scams
As the job market tightens, consumers continue to lose money on work-at-home scams.
by: IC3 

Work-at-Home Schemes
Heard these lines before? - Be the Boss!  Earn thousands of dollars a month from home!
by: FTC    

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Law Firms

Six Figure Law Firm Loss Due to Infection by Trojan Banker Virus 
A firm has suffered a six-figure loss from its trust account after an apparent infection by the Trojan Banker Virus or a similar virus.
by: LawPro

New Legal Aid Scam
Scam artists are calling victims claiming to be from Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma trying to help with debt relief.
by: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

U.S. Law Firms Continue to be the Target of a Counterfeit Check Scheme
The IC3 continues to receive reports of counterfeit check schemes targeting U.S. law firms. The scammers contact lawyers via e-mail.
by: IC3  

Counterfeit Check Scam Targeting Real Estate Attorneys
After wiring the funds, the victim discovers that the check was fraudulent and is held responsible for the check amount.
by: IC3 

Counterfeit Check Scheme Targeting U.S. Law Firms
In a new twist, the fraudulent client poses as an ex-wife "on assignment" pursuing a collection of divorce settlement money.
by: IC3

New E-Mail Scam Targets Lawyers
Scammers are stealing lawyers' signature blocks from emails and applying the information to fake email addresses.
by: Oklahoma Bar Association

New Legal Aid Scam
Scam artists are calling victims claiming to be from Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma trying to help with debt relief.  

Who's Putting a Price on Free Legal Aid?
The Internet has made it much easier to squeeze a little money from those seeking legal aid.
by: ABA Journal

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You've Just Won a Foreign Lottery!
If you have to send $250 to claim your prize, odds are it's a scam.  You could lose.
by: AARP

Lottery Scammers Now Misusing Public Services
Scam victims report telephone calls from a Jamaican subject claiming they were lottery winners.
by: IC3  

Oklahoma Attorney General Warns Against Sweepstake Scams
Beware of a scam with a long history that seems to be making another comeback.

OK Lottery warns of Scam
“The Oklahoma Lottery does not use email for winner notifications,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery.
by: Oklahoma Lottery  

Scammers Exploit the FTC's Good Name, Promise Phony Sweepstakes Prizes  
"Hi, I’m calling from the Federal Trade Commission to tell you that you have won $250,000…”
by: FTC

Two Scams, Same Theme...Found Lotto Ticket
Victim finds unscratched 'scratch and win' lottery ticket on the ground in a public place.  "Winning ticket' is revealed upon scratching the ticket...
by: IC3

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Sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers   
The IRS warns consumers about a phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants throughout the country.
by: Consumer Action

Callback Scheme Used in International Revenue Share Fraud   
Telephone companies in the U.S. are seeing missed calls used to enable International Revenue Share Fraud.  How does this affect you? 
by: IC3

Tech Support Calls Purportedly From a Wire Transfer Company
The IC3 has recently received complaints from businesses regarding telephone calls from individuals claiming to be with a wire transfer company's tech support.
by: IC3

Phishing Attacks on Telecommunication Customers Resulting in Account Takeovers
Individuals are receiving automated telephone calls that claim to be from the victim's telecommunication carrier.
by: IC3

Seniors who receive Title III Meals: Beware of Scammers
Seniors receiving Title III meals may get a call from a company named Home Services USA informing them they owe $81.40 for the meals.
by: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

TDoS Attacks to Emergency Services
This scam involves victims being relentlessly contacted at their residences and places of employment regarding claims they are delinquent on a payday loan.
by: IC3

Consumer Alert: Fraudulent text messages
The text messages appear to be from your bank and asks you to call a specific telephone number to rectify your account’s negative balance.
by: Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General

Smartphone Users Should Be Aware Of Malware Targeting Mobile Devices And Safety Measures
The IC3 has been made aware of various malware attacking Android operating systems for mobile devices.
by: IC3

Payday Loan Scams
The IC3 has received complaints of a new variation to pay day loan scams.
by: IC3

Legal Aid Reports Two Phone Scams in Metro OKC
 Attorneys at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City are reporting two apparent phone scams in the metro area.
by: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma 

Fake Political Survey
The IC3 has been notified of a scam involving telephone calls conducting a mutiple-choice "political survey."
by: IC3

Extortion Scam Alert: Criminal Charges if You Don't Pay Up 
Oklahomans need to be aware of a telephone scam targeting cell phone users.
by: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

Fraudsters Continue to Exploit Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)
The IC3 reports indicate scam artists are using TRS to exploit auto repair shops.
by: IC3

Fraudulent Telephone Calls Allowing Fraudsters Access to Consumer Financial and Brokerage Accounts
 Calls are short in duration but so numerous that victims change their phone numbers to terminate the attack. ......a diversion.
by: Internet Crime Complaint Center

New Variation on Telephone Collection Scam Related to Delinquent Payday Loans
The IC3 continues to receive complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams.
by: IC3

Oklahoma County Telephone Fraud Reported
A caller with a 9-1-1 caller ID claims to be with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's department...

Telephone Collection Scam Related to Delinquent Payday Loans
A caller claims that the victim is delinquent in a payday loan and must repay the loan to avoid legal consequences.
by: IC3

Telephone Scam Offering Virus Removal Services to Gain Remote Access to Victims' Computers
Scammers call posing as an employee of an online company, tells the victim to navigate to a website to assist in removing viruses via live chat.
by: IC3

"809" Phone Scam - Beware
Dialing "809" goes to the Dominican Republic.  Beware of three-digit "284" and "876."  You won't find out about the high international call rates until after you get your phone bill.
by: Federal Communications Commission

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