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Preventing Financial Scams

The Community Foundation's Preventing Financial Scams Initiative offers a number of free resources to help you avoid becoming victimized by scammers. Explore this page for the other videos and resources, information on reporting scams, and sign up for free twice-monthly Scam Alerts and Tips via email.

The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada has produced a series of short public service videos to help consumers avoid becoming victims of this growing threat in our community and around the world.

The series of 11 scam-prevention videos aim to increase awareness of scams with tips to help people avoid being victimized. Created in collaboration with the Better Business Bureau, each video averages 90 seconds in length and covers a specific type of scam:

  1. Email Scam Prevention – English
  2. Grandparent Scam Prevention – English
  3. Romance Scam Prevention  – English
  4. Puppy Scam Prevention – English
  5. Telephone Scam Prevention – English
  6. General Scam Prevention – English
  7. General Scam Prevention – Spanish
  8. General Scam Prevention – Tagalog
  9. Notario Fraud  –  English (Immigration/Legal Fraud)
  10. Notario Fraud  –  Spanish (Immigration/Legal Fraud) 
  11. Notario Fraud  –  Tagalog (Immigration/Legal Fraud) 

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September Tip of the Month: Puppy Scams

Puppy scams are popular online because who can resist an adorable, furry friend? Here are some tips on how you can protect yourself from puppy scams. 

Buying a pet solely online is risky. Ask to see the pet in person before paying any money.

  • Research prices for the pet that interests you. Think twice if someone advertises a popular breed for free or at a deeply discounted price. 
  • Avoid wiring money or using a cash app or gift card. These payment methods offer no recourse and now way to get your money back.  
  • File a report at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/ of the FBI’s Crime Complaint Center at https://ic3.gov./

 

See all our scam-prevention videos on the Community Foundation’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpXMYH7YZv7tJwpuk2puvug 


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The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, a 501 (c) 3 organization, is established to strengthen communities in our region through leadership and philanthropy. The information provided on this page does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this page are for general informational purposes only.

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Reporting scams, fraud, or financial abuse

Nevada Attorney General
Online: https://ag.nv.gov/Complaints/File_Complaint/
Phone: 888-434-9989

Federal Trade Commission
Online: https://ftc.gov/complaint
Phone: 1-877-382-4357

Nevada Consumer Affairs
Online: https://consumeraffairs.nv.gov/About/File_a_complaint/

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 https://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/

Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker
https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/

Other Government Agencies

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/

Federal Trade Commission – Identity Theft
https://www.identitytheft.gov/

FBI Scams and Safety
https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety

Scam Trackers and Fraud Alerts

Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker
https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/

AARP Scam Tracking Map
https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/tracking-map/

Robo Calls and Phone Scams

Federal Trade Commission National Do Not Call Registry
Online: https://www.donotcall.gov/
Phone: 1-888-382-1222

Phone Number – Lookup Unknown Caller Directory
https://800notes.com/

HIYA
Call Blocker and Protection https://hiya.com/

Checking Charities

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

Guidestar
Nonprofit reports and information https://www.guidestar.org/

Charity Navigator Evaluates charities
https://www.charitynavigator.org/

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
http://www.give.org/

IRS
Tax Exempt Organization Search https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/

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

- Fred Ranney, participant in Preventing Scams Dinner and Conversation