Tax identity thieves and IRS imposters are ready for tax season, whether you are or not. Find out how to protect yourself, and what to do if someone you know becomes a victim, during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 30 through February 3.
What is tax identity theft? It happens when someone uses your Social Security . . . → Read More: FTC: Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week
Scam Alerts from the FTC
Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: . . . → Read More: Scam Alerts from the FTC – News Scams in 2017 and List of 2016 Scams
FTC: Order free materials for National Consumer Protection Week 2017
National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is around the corner! The annual event – March 5-11, 2017 – is a time to help people understand their consumer rights, make well-informed decisions about money, and spot scams.
Thinking about hosting an event? Our new feature page has all the information . . . → Read More: FTC: Order free materials for National Consumer Protection Week 2017
For military folks, financial decisions can have long-term effects on family life, security clearance, and mission readiness. In fact, the Department of Defense (DoD) has said that financial readiness is a critical part of the force’s mission readiness. It makes sense: when you know how to manage your money – and how to spot a rip-off . . . → Read More: FTC Military Consumer Toolkit
FTC Alert for Spanish-speaking victims of a mortgage relief scam
According to the FTC, Brookstone Law and Advantis Law firms convinced homeowners to make an upfront payment to join a mortgage lawsuit against banks and lenders, supposedly to help them avoid foreclosure, get rid of their mortgages, or get money from their lenders.
FTC investigators have discovered that . . . → Read More: FTC Alert for Spanish-speaking victims of a mortgage relief scam
FTC Acts to Stop Telemarketing Fraud Targeting Seniors
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal district court in Arizona has temporarily shut down a fraudulent telemarketing scheme that allegedly bilked more than $9 million from thousands of consumers across the nation, many of whom are elderly and live on a fixed income, including military veterans.
According to . . . → Read More: FTC Acts to Stop Telemarketing Fraud Targeting Seniors
IRS Imposter Scams Infographic
Scammers pretend to be IRS officials to get you to send . . . → Read More: IRS Imposter Scams Infographic
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 National Association of Realtors® are . . . → Read More: FTC Escrow Alert! Scammers Phish for Mortgage Closing Costs
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 uses your information . . . → Read More: Report identity theft and get a personal recovery plan at IdentityTheft.gov
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 square metallic . . . → Read More: FTC: What to know about the new credit and debit chip cards