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Preventing Financial Scams

Protecting our community through education and collaboration.

The Community Foundation’s newest initiative is directed at preventing financial scams. There are many types of financial scams:

  • A strange caller asking you for your Social Security number.
  • A romantic partner controlling your finances.
  • Caregivers exploiting vulnerable seniors.
  • A family member making suspicious cash withdrawals.
  • Predatory loans.

We launched the Preventing Financial Scams Initiative by hosting two community conversations in 2019. We convened funders, professional advisors, nonprofits, and government agencies to learn more about the most pressing issues. Most importantly, the Community Foundation listened to people who had been directly impacted by scams or financial abuse. Residents shared their stories, discussed many forms of financial scams, and identified solutions. Participants envisioned the Community Foundation as an educator on scams.

Tips to Protect Yourself

  1. Be mindful of messages that have a sense of urgency or emotional amplification
  2. You do not have to send money to receive a prize
  3. The Social Security Administration and IRS will not call you to confirm your Social Security Number
  4. Do not send money or gift cards to someone you have never met
  5. If you suspect fraud, file a complaint with the Nevada Attorney General online or by calling 888-434-9989. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online or by calling their Consumer Response Center at 877-382-4357.
  6. If you suspect someone elderly or vulnerable is being abused, exploited, neglected, or abandoned, contact Nevada Adult Protective Services online or by calling 888-729- 0571

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Recent Community Foundation Scam Alerts and Tips

Subscribe to Scam Alerts and Tips Email Updates

Imposter Scams Take Many Forms - May 20, 2021
Vaccine Phishing Attacks up 530% - May 6, 2021
Online Scams - April 15, 2021
Vaccine and Charity Scams - April 1, 2021



In a recent press release, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig warned of a surge of tax-related fraud and identity theft surrounding Coronavirus Tax Relief: “‘The IRS isn’t going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get an economic impact payment or your refund faster… That also applies to surprise emails that appear to be coming from the IRS. Remember, don’t open them or click on attachments or links.
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Nick Tscheekar, Community Engagement Officer

Contact Nick Tscheekar, Community Engagement Officer

Email NickCall 775-333-5499 Ext. 14


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Request an event

Would you like to have an educational event with your organization, club, neighbors, or family? Call the Community Foundation at 775-333-5499 or email Nick Tscheekar:

Share Your Story

Do you have a story about scams you would like to share? Were you able to stop a scammer? Please email Nick Tscheekar: and include the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Your email
  3. Briefly describe the scam. What happened?
  4. What do you want others to know?
  5. Was there anything or anyone that was helpful?

Your story will not be shared without your permission.

Please note this platform is instead only to share helpful information with the community and will not prompt a law enforcement response. Fraud reports or complaints should be submitted to the Nevada Attorney General at or by calling 888-434-9989. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by calling their Consumer response Center at (1-877-382-4357 or visiting

Reporting scams, fraud, or financial abuse

Nevada Attorney General
Phone: 888-434-9989

Federal Trade Commission
Phone: 1-877-382-4357

Nevada Consumer Affairs

Adult Protective Services
Cases of abuse, exploitation, abandonment, and/or neglect of seniors or vulnerable populations
Phone: 888-729-0571

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Complaints about financial products and services

Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker

Other Government Agencies

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Federal Trade Commission – Identity Theft

FBI Scams and Safety

Scam Trackers and Fraud Alerts

Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker

AARP Scam Tracking Map

Robo Calls and Phone Scams

Federal Trade Commission National Do Not Call Registry
Phone: 1-888-382-1222

Phone Number – Lookup Unknown Caller Directory

Call Blocker and Protection

Checking Charities

Community Foundation of Northern Nevada
Phone: 775-333-5499

Nonprofit reports and information

Charity Navigator Evaluates charities

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Tax Exempt Organization Search

“The Community Conversation is an excellent format to get large amounts of information

- Fred Ranney, participant in Preventing Scams Dinner and Conversation