USA.gov Consumers Beware: 5 Tips to Keep you Scam-Free this Summer

Consumers Beware: 5 Tips to Keep you Scam-Free this Summer

For the majority of Americans who plan to take a vacation, attend a concert, or work on their home or garden this summer, this season comes with its own unique consumer challenges. Here are the top five scams and frauds to be alert for this time of . . . → Read More: USA.gov Consumers Beware: 5 Tips to Keep you Scam-Free this Summer

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Online Holiday Shopping Traps: Phony Deals and Offers

Online Holiday Shopping Traps: Phony Deals and Offers
The following post comes from the Military Saves Blog.  You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

When buying online, you are likely to come across at least one online scam, if not more. They come in all forms, pop-up windows, offers directly to your email inbox and in search results. To protect yourself, keep . . . → Read More: Online Holiday Shopping Traps: Phony Deals and Offers

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FINRA Report: Financial Fraud and Fraud Susceptibility in the United States

New FINRA Report

Financial Fraud and Fraud Susceptibility in the United States: New FINRA Foundation Report Finds Americans Are at Risk

Estimates suggest that consumer financial fraud is costing Americans over $50 billion a year, and this number does not include the money allocated for its prevention or the social and emotional cost fraud imposes on Americans every year. The FINRA Foundation’s new research . . . → Read More: FINRA Report: Financial Fraud and Fraud Susceptibility in the United States

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SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy’s Tips on Avoiding Fraud

Avoiding Fraud

Don’t be a fraud victim. A basic understanding of how scam artists work can help you to avoid fraud and protect your hard-earned money. Learning how to invest safely also can assist you in reaching your financial goals and will mean a huge difference in your retirement years.

Here are some ways to help you avoid . . . → Read More: SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy’s Tips on Avoiding Fraud

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FTC Testifies on Fraud Against Older Americans

FTC Testifies on Fraud Against Older Americans

The Federal Trade Commission testified before a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee about consumer protection issues facing older Americans, including the agency’s efforts to combat fraud and its education and outreach efforts to help seniors protect themselves.

Testifying on behalf of the Commission, Acting Director Charles Harwood of . . . → Read More: FTC Testifies on Fraud Against Older Americans

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National Consumer Protection Week: March 3-9, 2013 – FBI: Frauds from A to Z

National Consumer Protection Week: March 3-9, 2013

FBI: Frauds from A to Z

The following list provides links to information on many of the common and emerging frauds—both specific schemes and larger categories of crime—investigated by the FBI and its partners.

Adoption Scams
Advance Fee Schemes
Anti-Aging Product Fraud
ATM Skimming
Bankruptcy Fraud
Corporate Fraud
Credit Card Fraud
Financial Institution Fraud
Foreclosure Fraud
Funeral Fraud
Gameover Malware
Grandparent Scam
Health . . . → Read More: National Consumer Protection Week: March 3-9, 2013 – FBI: Frauds from A to Z

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CA Attorney General Announces Arrests in ‘We Kill Your Mortgage’ Scheme; Seizure of Fraudulent Websites

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Arrests in ‘We Kill Your Mortgage’ Scheme; Seizure of Fraudulent Websites

- Tips for Homeowners

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arrest of three suspects who have been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme targeting struggling Northern California homeowners. Six websites allegedly used by the suspects to advertise their scheme have . . . → Read More: CA Attorney General Announces Arrests in ‘We Kill Your Mortgage’ Scheme; Seizure of Fraudulent Websites

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Gear Up for a Great NCPW! March 3-9

Gear up for a Great NCPW!       

The 15th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is March 3 – 9, 2013. Government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private sector groups from coast to coast have come together here to share information that can help you make smart decisions about a slew of subjects, including privacy protection, money and debt . . . → Read More: Gear Up for a Great NCPW! March 3-9

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4 Crusaders Fighting For Seniors’ Financial Rights

4 Crusaders Fighting For Seniors’ Financial Rights

Jackie  Wiley-Sistrunk, senior outreach coordinator for the California Department of Corporations was honored in 2012 as a “Money Hero” by MONEY Magazine  (a nationally circulated magazine affiliated with CNN).

Jackie was honored for  her work with the Seniors Against Investment Fraud (SAIF) program, and her  years of service with the Education & Outreach . . . → Read More: 4 Crusaders Fighting For Seniors’ Financial Rights

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California Launches Innovative New Senior Protection Web Site

California Launches Innovative New Senior Protection Web Site
A new consumer protection Web site was launched for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists.

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting the new Web site www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial . . . → Read More: California Launches Innovative New Senior Protection Web Site

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