Scam Alerts and Tips - May 20, 2021
Hello Preventing Financial Scams Initiative Stakeholders,
We hope this message finds you well! The Community Foundation is now sending twice monthly Scam Alerts and Tips to protect our community.
Imposter Scams Take Many Forms
Yesterday, the Community Foundation hosted a virtual Coffee and Conversation on Preventing Financial Scams. Speakers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and IRS both spoke about imposter scams. In 2020, the FTC received 2.2 million fraud reports and the top two categories of fraud were identity theft and imposter scams. Below are two recent cases of imposter scams.

Student Loan Repayment Scam
While this scam was reported in Ohio, a fraudulent company located in Nevada named "Student Services" is contacting students promising debt forgiveness through an email. The company falsely claims students can get their loans repaid on a first-come, first-served basis because of recent relief legislation. Remember, scammers will pressure you to act right away. Read More

Healthcare Scam Reported in Sparks, NV
A Sparks resident reported a scam to the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Scam Tracker about a company supposedly named American Hope Resources:

"Phishing to get your private information. They claim they will help with government aid for housing and more; however, they just ask for more & more of your information."

You should only personal information on an encrypted website. A site is secure if the web address starts with “https”.

Click here for more tips and resources from the FTC about imposter scams.
Have You Spotted or Stopped a Scam? Report it!
Nevada Attorney General
Phone: 888-434-9989.
Federal Trade Commission
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