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DCA warns New Yorkers about 10 Worst Everyday Scams and How to Avoid Them
Avoid charity scams by doing research on the organization before you donate. Get more tips from DCA.
February 24, 2017: DCA is advising any New Yorker that receives a communication from “email@example.com” or any other email address claiming to be from DCA that does not end in “@dca.nyc.gov” to delete it immediately. Learn more about fraudulent complaint notices.
Don't click on links in an email unless you know who sent it. Beware of ransomware, a malware that prevents you from using your computer until you pay money to the scammer. Learn more from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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Seen an ad for a free puppy but then turns out you need to wire money to ship it? It could be a scam! Get tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on scammers pretending to sell real pets.
One scam this holiday season is the Secret Sister Gift Exchange, which is posted on social media and encourages you to mail $10 to the person on the top of the list and, in exchange, you’ll get presents from other participants. This is an illegal chain letter—don’t fall for it.
Grandparent scams can cost seniors an average of $30,000. Don't become a victim, get tips from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on Money Smart for Older Adults (in PDF).
January 4, 2017: Department of Consumer Affairs and New York City Taxpayer Advocate Warn New Yorkers about Tax Refund Delays and Paid Preparers Who Promise "Express" or "Anticipation" Refunds.
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March 8, 2016: DCA warns New Yorkers about predatory tax preparer tactics, including overcharging, hidden fees and filing without permission. As part of the City’s annual tax preparer inspections, DCA conducted more than 350 targeted inspections citywide and issued violations to two in every five income tax preparers inspected.
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March 14, 2016: Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone. Read consumer alert from the IRS website
Planning a vacation? Beware of travel scams that can lead to a vacation nightmare. Get tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).