How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Fraud

​Warning Signs

  • ​    Sounds too good to be true.

  •     Pressures you to act “right away.”

  •     Guarantees success

  •     Promises unusually high returns.

  •     Requires an upfront investment – even for a “free” prize.

  •     Buyers want to overpay you for an item and have you send them the difference.

  •     Doesn’t have the look of a real business.

  •     Something just doesn’t feel right.

Play It Safe

  •     Never click on a link inside an e-mail to visit a Web site.  Type the address into your browser instead.

  •     It’s easy for a business to look legitimate online.  If you have any doubts, verify the company with the Better Business Bureau.

  •     Only 2% of reported identity theft occurs through the mail.  Report online fraud to the Federal Trade Commission at​.

  •     Retain your receipts, statements, and packing slips.  Review them for accuracy.

  •     Shred confidential documents instead of simply discarding them in the trash. 

Fraud Facts

  •     Your bank will never e-mail or call you for your account number

  •     Don’t wire money to people you don’t know.

  •     Be cautious of work-at-home job offers.

  •     Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau.

  •     There are no legitimate jobs that involve reshipping items or financial instruments from your home.

  •     Foreign lotteries are illegal in the U.S.  You can’t win no matter what they say.

  •     Check your monthly bank statements for charges you don’t recognize.

  •     Order a copy of your credit report from each of the three national credit bureaus once a year from

Get Involved

  • ​    It’s never too early to become an informed consumer.  Point out “too good to be true” offers to your kids, and teach them to be skeptical. 

  •     Take an active interest in the financial activities of your aging parents.

  •     Share information about scams with friends and family.  Use social networking to help keep them safe. 

Contact Us

Phone:  (608) 264-7969
Toll-Free:  (800) 452-3328 (in Wisconsin)
Fax:  (608) 264-7968