The National Consumers League has released its annual compilation of the top ten scams reported to Fraud.org.
The NCL is warning consumers to be on the lookout for so-called “refund and recovery” scams, also known as “phantom debt” scams, according to a recent report.
One of the most common scams involves a fraudster contacting consumers claiming to be collecting unpaid debts. If consumers questioned the debt, they reported frequently being threatened with jail time, legal action, or other consequences.
In 2013, this was the fastest-growing type of telemarketing scam reported to NCL’s Fraud.org campaign.
Other widely reported scams include scams involving prizes and sweepstakes; fake check scams; and scholarship scams.
Make sure you are safe online!