COVID-19 vaccine scams

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

COVID-19 vaccines are in the pipeline. Scammers won’t be far behind. December 8, 2020 by Colleen Tressler Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Reports about the release of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year are promising, but plans for distribution are still being worked…

Category:  Scams 

Small Business Administration Scam

Monday, July 20, 2020

Please be aware of a scam where individuals are being directed to apply for a loan/advance through the US Small Business Administration and have the proceeds deposited into their account. They are then told to give some of the money to the person who helped them as a fee. These…

Category:  Scams 

The most common frauds reported by consumers in 2019

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Each year, we monitor and analyze the complaints to track trends in scams and how con artists are tweaking their pitch to succeed at finding new victims. Our data helps us identify emerging scams we’d never heard of, what scams are fading into the sunset, and new twists on old…

Category:  Scams 

Avoid COVID-19 Scams

Monday, March 30, 2020

Don’t Give Out Personal Information Partners 1st cares truly cares about your health and safety. Unfortunately, scammers may try to use these difficult times to take advantage of others. There have been reports that members of several financial institutions were being contacted by scammers…

Category:  Scams 

“Free Trial” Fraud Alert

Friday, October 4, 2019

Free trial offer? Not so fast! Checking out a free trial? Beware of fine print, or you might get stuck with a deal that's anything but free. When a business promises to let you try a product or service for free, it can be enticing. But companies that offer free trial offers often…

Category:  Scams 

Venmo Scam

Monday, September 30, 2019 A new Venmo scam is making the rounds nationally, one that can lead to massive financial losses in your Venmo account. Payment apps are a fairly new invention, especially peer-to-peer apps that are connected to your bank account or a credit card. Unfortunately, what is…

Category:  Scams 

Social Security Scam

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Partners 1st would like to share a recent fraud alert discovered by the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana. Please see the following message regarding fraudulent online accounts. Social Security Alert Explanation: Your Better Business Bureau serving Northern Indiana (BBB) strives…

Category:  Scams 

Avoid the most common back-to-school scams

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Wednesday, August 01, 2018 With summer winding down, a new school year is just around the corner, promising new opportunities, experiences, and friendships. As many students are planning their return to school, scammers are working overtime to cheat students and their parents out…

Category:  General   Scams 

Spoofing Calls

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Partners 1st recently received information that someone is making phone calls in the evening showing our phone number of 260.471.8336.  These are not Partners 1st employees or our fraud security company for cards...these are "spoofing" calls. What is spoofing?  It’s when someone is able to…

Category:  Scams 

State police offer advice after falling victim to credit card skimmer

Monday, January 30, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) - More than $1,000 in fraudulent charges were racked up on a fuel cards used by Indiana State Police and investigators believe the purchases were likely made possible by a skimming device that had been placed on a gas pump. According to a news release issued Tuesday,…

Category:  Scams