July 20th, 2017

In a new version of tech support fraud, scammers will freeze your computer. A message will come on telling you your computer has been infected with malware. Then it will instruct you to call the number on the screen immediately. Sometimes it will be accompanied by a loud voice telling you to call the number. [...]

Clever Credit Card Scam

May 17th, 2017

Thief uses credit card info gained during delivery of flowers and wine to empty mark’s bank account? Be very careful out there!  Beware of people bearing gifts. The following is a recounting of the incident from a victim. “Last Wednesday I had a phone call late morning from Express Couriers to ask if I was [...]

Credit Card Skimming

June 21st, 2016

Credit card skimming is a type of credit card theft where thieves use a small device to steal your credit card information. When a credit or debit card is swiped through a skimmer, the device captures and stores all the details in the cards magnetic strip. Most common locations skimmers are used: – ATM Machines [...]

Catfishing – Online Dating Scams

January 20th, 2016

Catfishing is setting up a false personal profile on a dating site or online social media for fraudulent or deceptive purposes. Motives for Catfishing: – Lonely and dupe others into having online relationships they would never have in real life. – Attention and sensation seekers who feed off the attention they receive from others and [...]


June 15th, 2015

Ways you can protect your identity: At home: Keep you financial records, social security and credit cards in a safe place. Shred papers that have your personal information. Take mail out of your mailbox as soon as possible. On the computer: Use passwords that are not easy to guess. Use numbers and symbols. Do not [...]


January 15th, 2015

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with Choice Parenting, a childcare consulting service for expectant and new parents. Founded by Holly Flanders, she has a vision and passion for helping professional families find quality childcare. Choice Parenting helps parents who are expecting a baby and need to create a childcare plan for [...]


January 26th, 2014

Gold Shield Elite Investigations is proud to be in partnership with the Carlie Crusade Foundation. It is a not for profit organization located in Marlboro, N.Y. dedicated in memory of Carlie Brucia, a beautiful eleven year old Long Island girl, who was abducted , sexually assaulted and brutally murdered in Florida on February 1, 2004. [...]

Telephone Collection Scam Related to Delinquent Payday Loans

September 26th, 2013

12/01/2010—The IC3 receives a high volume of complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. In these scams, a caller claims that the victim is delinquent in a payday loan and must repay the loan to avoid legal consequences. The callers purport to be representatives of the FBI, Federal Legislative Department, various law firms, [...]

Rental and Real Estate Scams

August 19th, 2013

—Individuals need to be cautious when posting rental properties and real estate on-line. The IC3 continues to receive numerous complaints from individuals who have fallen victim to scams involving rentals of apartments and houses, as well as postings of real estate online. Rental scams occur when the victim has rental property advertised and is contacted [...]

Fraudulent Notification Deceives Consumers Out of Thousands of Dollars

July 22nd, 2013

—The IC3 continues to receive reports of letters and e-mails being distributed pursuant to prize sweepstakes or lottery schemes. These schemes use counterfeit checks that bear legitimate-looking logos of various financial institutions to fool victims into sending money to the fraudsters. Fraudsters tell victims they won a sweepstakes or lottery, but to receive a lump [...]