Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for.
Telephone collection calls
Callers posing as law enforcement agents, lawyers and debt collectors have been placing random telephone calls and demanding that victims immediately repay nonexistent debts, the Internet Crime Complaint Center said in a recent bulletin.
The callers claim to be collecting debts for groups such as United Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Net or other firms, according to the center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.
If the target hangs up, the callers often will call back, demanding credit or debit card numbers through which they can steal the victims' money, the bulletin said. Anyone who is contacted about a debt they do not owe should contact law enforcement or file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.