These scams typically involve a scammer asking you to pay a fee for large amounts of money, products or services, but after the fee is paid you get nothing.
A debt management scam happens when a scammer promises to settle or significantly reduce your financial debt for a large up-front fee, but the scammer never helps you settle or lower your debt.
Investment scams use false information to convince you to make investment decisions. Types of investment scams include pyramid schemes, Ponzi schemes, affinity fraud, and offshore investment scams.
These can include a travel, vacation or timeshare offer that is not as it appears online or does not exist at all. You may pay for a travel offer that didn’t turn out as expected, or pay an upfront fee to sell your timeshare, then never hear from the company again.
In these scams, an unauthorized person gains access to your bank account to withdraw funds, or makes unauthorized charges to your credit card. A scammer might steal your card directly from your wallet, skim your information at a card reader, or obtain it via an online scam.
An online shopping scam is when an online transaction is made, but the item or service you paid for never arrives or does not exist as described.
These include scams such as fake or misleading rental or purchase ads, misleading mortgage practices, coercive sales tactics, illegal transfers of property, or other fraud related to a mortgage, refinancing, or foreclosure.