• Imposter Scam:
    A caller poses as someone you know or trust in order to obtain money or personal information. They often spoof a legitimate caller's number to appear more realistic.
  • Facebook Scams:
    Scams can happen to both buyers and sellers. Some listings may also be scams. Scams come in different forms, so it’s important to know what scams are, and how to recognize them when buying and selling on Marketplace. Common types are:
    • Phishing Scam: A form of identity theft that gets you to volunteer personal information without you realizing what’s happening. These attacks come from people who want to use your information for their own dishonest benefit (example: hack your Facebook, email or bank account).
    • Buyer Scam: When someone tries to buy or trade items from someone else without paying, resulting in a loss of money for the seller and a gain for the buyer.
    • Seller Scam: When someone tries to sell or trade items to someone else without delivering the items as promised, resulting in a gain of money for the seller and a loss for the buyer.
  • Phone Number Spoofing Scam:  
    Spoofing occurs when a caller maliciously transmits false caller ID information to increase the likelihood that you'll answer. Scammers often spoof local numbers, private companies, government agencies and other institutions.

  • Phishing/Email Scams:
    Scammers often use email "phishing" to hook unsuspecting fraud victims. Treat all unsolicited email and spam as suspicious: Do not open or reply. To avoid loading malicious software onto your computer or device, never click a link – even from a trusted source – unless you've verified its authenticity. Be especially wary of emails asking for emergency funds or help from friends, family and colleagues. Their email accounts may have been hacked. Scammers will also pretend to be government agencies in scam emails.
  • Gift Card Scams:
    A telltale sign of phone scams is if the caller asks you to make a payment with a gift card. Many scammers prefer this non-refundable and hard to trace form of payment.
  • Grandparent/Family Emergency Scam
    Scammers sometimes prey on grandparents by claiming their family members are in jail or in trouble and need money quickly. They use stolen personal information such as family member names and hometowns to seem more convincing.
  • Juice Jacking:
    When traveling, don't get juice jacked when charging your device at public USB ports found in airports, trains, hotels and elsewhere. Reports say charging ports and cords can be hacked to infect devices with malware.

  • Online Dating/Catfishing Scams:
    Catfishers create fake identities on dating apps and social media to coax you into fake online relationships. They often move quickly to personal channels such as phone or email, using your trust to acquire money or personal info, or help you hide their criminal activities. You'll probably never meet them in person.




provided by the FCC website www.fcc.gov/scam-glossary