Top scams to watch out for in 2023
Scams evolve as technology advances. You always need to be on the lookout for new, deceptive techniques scammers use to steal your money and identity.
Government agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) work to stay ahead of fraudsters and keep you safe.
Here are some scams government agencies want you to be aware of in 2023:
- Robocalls and scam texts: If you’re tired of scam texts and robocalls, you’re not alone. In fact, they’re the Federal Communications Commission’s top consumer complaint. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce and block these unwanted annoyances.
- Romance scams: Scammers use dating and social media sites to manipulate or steal from people seeking love. If you suspect an online relationship is a scam, stop all contact, and file a complaint with the FBI.
- Spoofing: Someone may disguise an email address or phone number to convince you they’re a trusted source. Often, it is just by changing one letter, symbol, or number. Learn how to protect yourself from spoofers.
- Charity scams: Thieves pose as a real charity or claim to represent a cause that appeals to you—and sounds real—to steal your money. Before donating to a charity, check its legitimacy. Contact the organization directly, or do research through a consumer protection agency such as the CFPB.
How you can help: report suspected scams immediately.
Visit USA.gov for more information on scams. Know how to prevent them and how to report different types of scams.
LAST UPDATED: November 14, 2023