Staying in a Hotel Soon? Scam Information from the FTC

Staying in a Hotel Soon? Scam Information from the FTC

Booking a hotel stay for a summer vacation? Before you check in, check out how scammers try to take advantage of travelers.

The late night call from the front desk

You think you’re getting a late-night call from the front desk telling you there’s a problem with your credit card, . . . → Read More: Staying in a Hotel Soon? Scam Information from the FTC

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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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Make Sure Your Donations Count! FTC Warns About Scams to Help Victims Including Washington State Mudslide Victims

Helping victims of the Washington State mudslide — Make sure your donations count

 When disaster strikes, you can be sure that scam artists will be close behind. The latest example is the massive mudslide in Oso, Washington.

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, and Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General, urge consumers to be on . . . → Read More: Make Sure Your Donations Count! FTC Warns About Scams to Help Victims Including Washington State Mudslide Victims

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5 Tax-Season Scams

5 Tax-Season Scams
 

The following post comes from the Military Saves Blog.  Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

As the April 15 tax deadline draws near, swindlers are thinking of the best ways to defraud you of your hard-earned cash. Be vigilant and don’t fall for any tax-season scams. Here are five common ones:

1. The Early Refund Promise Scam

Phishing is the most common . . . → Read More: 5 Tax-Season Scams

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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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FTC: How to Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

How to Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

 

The FTC provided the following information regarding charity to the Philippines and charity scams to be aware of.
 
The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has left many people asking how they can help.

If you’re looking for a way to give, the Federal Trade Commission, the . . . → Read More: FTC: How to Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

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Military Consumer Protection Day – Get Involved!

Military Consumer Protection Day – July 17

Get Involved!

Go to http://www.military.ncpw.gov/content/get-involved

Use these banners, buttons, sample

documents and other tools to promote Military Consumer Protection Day.

Reach Out to Your Community

It’s

easy to promote Military Consumer Protection Day and share some terrific free resources in your community.

Be a gracious host

Host a forum, workshop or seminar on your installation or in your . . . → Read More: Military Consumer Protection Day – Get Involved!

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Military Consumer Protection Day 2013: July 17

Reprinted from the OnGuardOnline.gov Website

Military Consumer Protection Day 2013

June 10, 2013

Calling all military families and veterans! Are you looking to protect yourself or your family from fraud, identity theft, and scams? Maybe you’re curious about the best way to use credit, shop for a used car, or maximize your security online.

Military folks are consumers, too – . . . → Read More: Military Consumer Protection Day 2013: July 17

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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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Foreclosure Help is Free, and Scams are Expensive

From the CFPB

Foreclosure help is free, and scams are expensive

If you’re having trouble paying your mortgage, we can help you get connected to a HUD-approved housing counselor at no cost to you. The counselor can help you work with your servicer or lender to try to avoid foreclosure, organize your finances, understand your mortgage options, and . . . → Read More: Foreclosure Help is Free, and Scams are Expensive

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