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 month. “Forget . . . → Read More: FTC: Spotting an Illegal Pyramid Scheme 101
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 you for a . . . → Read More: FTC: Scammer Seeks Assistant
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 and secure your . . . → Read More: Advanced password tips and tricks from the FTC
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 more information . . . → Read More: Hacked Email? Hijacked Computer?
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. Unfortunately, scammers pretend to be . . . → Read More: Sending money out of love, or sending a scammer money?
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 shuttered for duping . . . → Read More: FTC: Top blog posts of 2014
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 a new approach to . . . → Read More: Pass It On: New FTC Education Campaign Encourages Older Consumers to Share Their Knowledge to Help Fight Fraud
FTC, Partners To Recognize Second Annual Military Consumer Protection Day July 16
Campaign Members will host Twitter Chat to Discuss Identity Theft, Credit
The Federal Trade Commission, along with more than 30 public and private sector organizations, are collaborating to provide military consumers with free resources about managing their money, avoiding scams, and dealing with identity theft in . . . → Read More: Military Consumer Protection Day July 16
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
FTC: Read the truth behind deceptive mortgage ads
Getting a low interest rate on your mortgage can make a big difference in your household finances, and the internet can be a good way to compare the rates offered by various lenders. The FTC’s case against GoLoansOnline.com shows the value of shopping around and checking multiple sources of . . . → Read More: FTC: Read the Truth Behind Deceptive Mortgage Ads