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Scam Education

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they follow Headlines—and the money. 

Click Here to Download Ditch the Pitch

"Ditch the Pitch: A Guide for Guarding Against Scams" is meant to help you get ahead of the fraudsters. Education has always been a large part of the SCDCA's mission. We get that navigating the ever-changing marketplace can be overwhelming. With the rapid development of technology, scammers are more active (and more successful) than ever. This is why SCDCA created this guide; the best part is all education SCDCA provides is completely free!

Common Scams

Dating/Romance Scams
  • Don't Get Hooked By Dating Scams (PDF) - Exercise caution when communicating with strangers on the internet. Consumers can be taken advantage of by faraway lovers that claim to be "strapped for cash."
Free Prize, Lottery & Sweepstakes Scams
  • Free Prize, Lottery & Sweepstakes Scams (PDF) - You get a call, an email, a direct message on social media or a letter in the mail that says you’ve just won $5,000! Or maybe even $5 million, a fabulous diamond ring, or luxury vacation. Sounds too good to be true? More likely, it’s a lottery and sweepstakes scam. This flyer focuses on the red flags of this type of scam.
Job Scams
Phishing
Phone Scams
Repair Scams
Scholarship & Financial Aid Scams

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scams (PDF) - Learn how to avoid getting scammed when getting ready to further your education.

Tax Scams/Fraud
Travel Scams