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  • IRS Scam: Police Advisory

    The Minneapolis Police Dept. (MPD) has received reports from people who said that they were contacted by someone who claimed to be with the IRS. The caller ID showed the Fifth Precinct's main number (612) 673-5705. This is a scam. No government agency will ever call you asking for personal information like credit card numbers, bank account numbers, social security numbers, or more. Do not give personal information to anyone who calls or emails you unexpectedly, even if they claim they are with an official government organization or bank. Even if the caller ID appears to be legitimate, if something is suspicious or someone is asking you for personal information, do not give it. After you hang up, call the official phone number of the organization and verify directly with them if it is legitimate before giving any personal identifying information. See the flyer with more information, and share with neighbors. Read More

    By:
    Minneapolis Police Department
  • Phone Scams Using the Affordable Care Act

    This kind of scam pops up anytime there’s a big change in a government policy, or when a topic is in the news. If you get a call asking for your information, hang up. It’s a scam. Government organizations and the legitimate groups you do business with have the information they need. They’ll never call to ask you for it. Read More

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Avoid Foreign Lotteries

    The Minnesota Attorney General warns consumers to be on alert for telephone solicitations, mailings, and e-mail correspondence alleging to be associated with foreign lotteries. Content Detail

    By:
    Minnesota Attorney General's Office
  • Be on Guard against Solicitations Offering Government Assistance and Labor Law Posters

    Minnesota residents are now being targeted by a telemarketing program offering to assist them in obtaining large amounts of government money. Content Detail

    By:
    Minnesota Attorney General's Office
  • Beware of Phishing

    "Phishing" is a scam where thieves attempt to steal personal or financial account information by sending deceptive electronic messages that "lure" unsuspecting consumers to malicious websites. Content Detail

    By:
    Minnesota Attorney General's Office
  • Beware of Sweepstakes Scams

    Many sweepstakes mailings mislead consumers into believing that they have won a valuable prize or that their chances of winning big will increase if they buy merchandise. Content Detail

    By:
    Minnesota Attorney General's Office
  • Charitable Donations: Give or Take?

    Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Consumer Action Handbook

    In this handbook, the GSA's Office of Citizen Services brings you the latest information on your consumer rights and responsibilities. Content Detail

    By:
    General Services Administration
  • Consumer Complaint "How-to" Video

    How to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Debt Assistance Scams

    Although debt counseling is available to those in need, there are also fraudulent actors attempting to prey on individuals who are experiencing hardship. Content Detail

    By:
    Minnesota Attorney General's Office
  • Disaster Information

    Scams to watch out for as rebuilding begins include: home repair scams, advance fee loan scams, easy "legal" fixes, protection from foreclosure, charity scams and fraud aimed at farmers. Content Detail

    By:
    Minnesota Attorney General's Office
  • Fake Checks

    Keep a watch out for this common scam that has taken thousands of dollars from countless victims. Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Fake Check Scams

    The Minnesota Attorney General's Office urges Minnesotans to exercise caution when selling items online and when receiving cashier's checks. Content Detail

    By:
    Minnesota Attorney General's Office
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