FTC Escrow Alert! Scammers Phish for Mortgage Closing Costs

FTC Escrow Alert!

Scammers phish for mortgage closing costs

Original post by the FTC

Buying a home is exciting. You saved for the down payment, scheduled the move, and are dreaming of planting new roots. Closing is right around the corner… unless a scammer gets your settlement fees first.

The Federal Trade Commission and the […]

Report identity theft and get a personal recovery plan at IdentityTheft.gov

Report identity theft and get a personal recovery plan at IdentityTheft.gov

Millions of people are affected by identity theft each year. It might start with a mysterious credit card charge, a bill you don’t recognize, or a letter from the IRS that says you already got your refund — even though you didn’t.

If someone […]

FTC: What to know about the new credit and debit chip cards

FTC: What to know about the new credit and debit chip cards

Coming to a wallet near you: new credit and debit chip cards. They’re part of a nationwide shift by major card issuers to offer added security against fraud. The new cards look like your old cards with one exception: they have a small […]

FTC: Spotting an Illegal Pyramid Scheme 101

FTC: Spotting an Illegal Pyramid Scheme 101

Your social media feed is abuzz with stories of people making serious money selling an energy drink. Not one to miss out an opportunity, you do a quick search and come across a viral video. The guy making the pitch insists you can make thousands of dollars a […]

FTC: Scammer Seeks Assistant

Scammer seeks assistant

Blog post by the FTC

Online scammers are recruiting. They’re looking for people to help them transfer money and stolen goods. Of course, they don’t come right out and say that’s what they want. Instead, they claim to offer work at home jobs or pretend to be your romantic partner and ask […]

Advanced password tips and tricks from the FTC

Advanced password tips and tricks

Time to create another password? Make it a secure one. A little extra attention when you create a strong password can prevent an attacker from getting access to your account.

Your password should be long, complex, and unique. Here are additional steps you can take to help create strong passwords […]

Hacked Email? Hijacked Computer?

Hacked Email? Hijacked computer? Do you know what to do when your personal email gets hacked? How about when malware hijacks your home computer? The FTC has two new videos to help: Hacked Email: What to Do and Hijacked Computer: What to Do. Use them yourself, or pass them on to friends and family. For […]

Sending money out of love, or sending a scammer money?

Sending money out of love, or sending a scammer money? Consumer reminder from FTC

Love is a powerful thing. So when a loved one calls or emails, saying they’re in trouble, you’d want to help, right? If they ask you to send cash immediately — should you follow your heart?

The short answer is: no. […]

FTC: Top blog posts of 2014

FTC: Top blog posts of 2014

It’s that time of year when everyone’s compiling their Best of 2014 list. We didn’t want to miss the fun so here’s our own list of the 10 Most Read Consumer Blog Posts of 2014.

10. Is that debt collector for real? told you about a company the courts […]

Pass It On: New FTC Education Campaign Encourages Older Consumers to Share Their Knowledge to Help Fight Fraud

 

Pass It On: New FTC Education Campaign Encourages Older Consumers to Share Their Knowledge to Help Fight Fraud

The Federal Trade Commission’s newest education campaign, Pass It On, encourages older adults to help raise awareness about fraud by talking to their family, friends, and neighbors about avoiding common scams.

Pass it On resources take […]