Raúl Torrez | Attorney General

Scams and Fraud

Have you been cheated out of your hard-earned dollars? Learn how to protect yourself from some common consumer scams, including credit repair and debt relief scams, tax scams, pyramid schemes, and many more. At the New Mexico Department of Justice, we collect and use scam reports to help alert others, and we encourage you to report your scam.

Scams

Equifax Data Breach

Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies in the U.S., announced a data breachthat affects 143 million consumers. The hackers accessed Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers.

Telephone Scams

Telephone scammers try to trick you out of money or get access to your personal information. Scams may come through phone calls from real people, robocalls, or text messages. The callers often make false promises, such as opportunities to buy products, invest your money, or receive free product trials. They may also offer you money through free grants and lotteries. Some scammers may call with threats of jail or lawsuits if you don’t pay them.

Social Security Administration Scam

The NMDOJ continues to receive complaints about the Social Security Administration scam. Callers are informing consumers that there is a problem or suspicious activity with their social security number and the the account/number has been suspended. This is a scam, and consumers should ignore and report.

You may report suspicious activity or communications claiming to be from the Social Security Administration to the Social Security Fraud Hotline.

Banking Scams

Banking scams involve attempts to access your bank account. Some popular banking scams include Overpayment scams, Unsolicited check fraud, Automatic withdrawals, and Phishing.

Investment Scams

Here at the New Mexico Department of Justice, we want to help make sure that you do not fall victim to an investment scam.

IRS Imposter Scams

IRS imposter scams occur when someone contacts you pretending to work for the IRS. The imposter may contact you by phone, email, postal mail, or even a text message. There are two common types of scams are tax collection and verification.

Charity Scams

Some scammers set up fake organizations, taking advantage of the public’s generosity, especially after a tragedy or disaster.

Ticket Scams

Ticket selling scams often happen when tickets for popular concerts, plays, special venues, and sporting events sell out quickly but there is a still a very high demand for tickets. Scammers, including individuals and fake resale ticket sellers, will take advantage of the situation.

Signs of Common Scams

  • Empty promises (You have to pay up front without receiving anything in exchange)
  • Threatening phone calls (Real legal notices are sent in writing, not over the phone)
  • Demands for personal/financial information
  • Accepting only wire or gift card payment
  • Refusing to give you return contact information

Video Gallery

The video will walk you through the following five investment scam tactics and what to look for:

  • Phantom Riches
  • Source Credibility
  • Social Consensus
  • Reciprocity and Scarcity

The video below also provides information in Spanish, (English version coming soon!), on what you can do to avoid these scams and what to do if you have been a victim of a scam.

Aquí en la Oficina del Fiscal General queremos ayudar a que no sea víctima de una estafa de inversión. El video lo guiará a través de las siguientes cinco tácticas de estafa de inversión y qué buscar:

  • Riquezas Fantasmas
  • Credibilidad de la Fuente
  • Consenso Social
  • Reciprocidad y Escasez

El video cubrirá información sobre que puede hacer para evitar estas estafas y qué hacer si has sido víctima de una estafa.

Report a Scam

Additional Resources

In addition, you can submit complaints to the following: 

Raul Torrez
Attorney General
Raúl Torrez

Resources

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