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‘Shark Tank’ Stars Say Scammers Use AI to Include Their Images in Bogus Ads

Criminals manipulate their photos and videos in ads for weight-loss products, keto gummies 

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Scammers and Celebrity Impostors Defraud Fans

Singers Blake Shelton and Dolly Parton are among the many stars impersonated

What You Need to Know About Facebook Marketplace Scams

Scammers aim to take advantage of both buyers and sellers. Here’s how to spot and avoid them

12 Gripping Shows and Movies About Scams to Stream Now

Stories of brazen criminals abound on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more

Scam Alerts

8 Scams That Senior Medicare Patrols Are Seeing Now

Old deceptions are recycled to take advantage of what you know from news reports

Criminals Sell Counterfeit Postage Stamps Online

Under new rule, postal officials may destroy mail shipped with fakes

Fake Delivery Service Text Alerts Are Rampant

How to tell if messages are legitimate or criminals’ smishing attempts this holiday season

Is That Your Bank Contacting You — or a Scammer?

Criminals pretend to warn you about fraud while trying to steal your money

Beware of ‘Do Me a Favor’ Scam Messages

An increasingly common scheme involves impostors claiming to need help buying gift cards

How to Avoid Scams on Zelle, Venmo and Other P2P Apps

Criminals love peer-to-peer payment methods; learn to use them safely

6 Top Scams to Watch Out for in 2024

Criminals are getting more sophisticated and supercharging old scams with new technology

Chatbots and Voice-Cloning Fuel Rise in AI-Powered Scams

Cybercrime experts warn that new tech offers scammers frighteningly effective tools

Fraud Fighting

What to Do if Your Wallet Is Lost or Stolen

7 steps to prevent identity theft and money loss — plus how to replace what’s missing

5 Ways to Build Better Passwords

Be creative, change them regularly and store them safely

How to Tell if an Online Photo Is Fake

A reverse image search can help you spot doctored pictures

Do You Really Know Who You’re Buying From?

Vendors on big retail platforms may have different policies for returns, shipping

Avoid Real Estate Wire Fraud When Buying a Home

A New Jersey couple lost nearly $92,000 to scammers — and they’re not alone

How, Why and When to Check (or Freeze) Your Credit Score

Monitoring your creditworthiness is key for tracking your financial health and spotting fraud

10 Worst Things to Carry in Your Wallet

With identity theft rampant, keep only the essentials in your pocket or purse

13 Ways to Protect Yourself From Fraud

Learn how to lower your risk and keep criminals at bay

White House Announces New AI Protection Efforts

Measures meant to prevent fraud, keep infrastructure secure and protect privacy

Victim Support

AARP's Fraud Watch Network Helpline Is Fighting for You

Volunteers provide emotional support and practical advice to scam victims

3 Ways to Help a Loved One Who Has Been Scammed

Ease the burden on your friend or family member by offering compassion, assistance

Elder Fraud

Woman Loses $165K in FBI Impersonation Scam

Large withdrawals didn’t raise red flags at her bank

5 Ways to Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation

Steps to help protect loved ones from theft

The Legal Consequences of Elder Fraud Can Be Steep

Scams are on the rise, but here are ways to fight back

More on Fraud

Should You Stop Using Paper Checks?

Other forms of payment may be safer as mail theft and check-washing cases surge

What I Learned After Hackers Attacked Me and Stole $4,000

It took dozens of hours to fix the onslaught on my accounts by cyberthieves

Many Scam Victims Struggle With Mental Health

Experiencing fraud can often be both financially and emotionally devastating

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