This holiday season, help friends and family avoid a scam

When you talk with friends and family over the holidays, you may hear about new puppies, old sports rivalries, and dreams of the next vacation. As you join the conversation, why not share some ideas to protect the people you care about from scams? Read these tips from the FTC’s Pass it On campaign for ideas,... Continue Reading →

Paid someone you think is a scammer?

Last week, we kicked off the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with ideas about recognizing and avoiding scams. This week, it’s about what to do if you think you’ve paid a scammer. These steps might not apply to you, but there’s probably a family member, a friend, or someone in your community who could use... Continue Reading →

FDA Issues URGENT WARNING to Maker of 12 Dog Food Brands

August 17, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a formal warning to Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., maker of 12 pet food brands and sub-brands, after inspections of manufacturing plants revealed serious violations. The FDA claims conditions at the firm’s facilities likely contributed to the illness or death of hundreds of dogs and cats. What Caused the FDA’s Action? According to the... Continue Reading →

Dangerous pathogens found on children’s face masks

A group of parents in Gainesville, FL, sent 6 face masks to a lab at the University of Florida, requesting an analysis of contaminants found on the masks after they had been worn. The resulting report found that five masks were contaminated with bacteria, parasites, and fungi, including three with dangerous pathogenic and pneumonia-causing bacteria.... Continue Reading →

Coronavirus update: U.S. hits vaccination milestone, Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be back soon

Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.) Total U.S. confirmed cases: 31,672,240 (31,636,941) Total U.S. deaths: 567,233 (566,970) Total global cases: 141,544,240 (140,858,072) Total global deaths: 3,022,288 (3,013,280) CDC says half of all adults have had at least one shot The U.S. has reached a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination milestone. The Centers... Continue Reading →

Give Yourself Some Credit (Credit Reports, that is)

Your credit report has a summary of your credit history. For example, if you’ve been evicted and a landlord turns uncollected rent over to a collection agency, that might be on your credit report. Information in your credit report affects your credit score. That’s important because businesses — like insurance and phone companies — use... Continue Reading →

Managing Your Bills During The Pandemic

COVID-19 has thrown the economy into a tailspin. As people have been laid off, furloughed, or are working fewer hours, bills can pile up. This week, for Financial Literacy Month, we’re looking at ways to manage — and today, it’s all about dealing with debt. Here are some ideas to start regaining your financial footing... Continue Reading →

Recall Roundup

Earlier this month, Continental Tires issued a recall for nearly 94,000 of its Continental, General, and Barum brand tires because they were cured for too long during the production process. The company said that could cause affected tires to develop a break in the sidewall that would cause them to rapidly deflate and/or completely separate while in... Continue Reading →

Behind On Your Rent And Worried About Eviction?

Lots of people are having difficulty paying their rent due to the pandemic. But today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released an eviction moratorium order. It protects people from being evicted for not paying their rent if they complete a declaration form and give it to their landlord. This protection lasts until June 30,... Continue Reading →

Scammers Demand Money for their Dirty Deeds!

We are posting a warning to homeowners that scammers are sending mailings “offering” to sell them copies of their own property deeds. The deceptive solicitations would have the recipients believe that the government requires they immediately purchase certified copies of the legal documents (which is not true!). Often, the mailings state that homeowners must pay... Continue Reading →

Dealing With Weather Emergencies & Disasters

It’s one thing to prepare your family, pets, and property for extreme weather situations. It’s another to protect your personal information and finances from scammers who use weather emergencies to cheat people. This page has information to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from a weather emergency. Preparing for a Weather Emergency Extreme... Continue Reading →

URGENT WARNING: More Poison Found in Baby Food!

STORY AT-A-GLANCE Testing revealed significant levels of cadmium, arsenic, lead and mercury in popular baby foods on your grocery store shelvesDocuments from Hain Celestial Group, makers of Earth’s Best Organic baby food, showed many of the ingredients had arsenic levels as high as 309 parts per billion (ppb) and at least 24 ingredients in the... Continue Reading →

Utility Scams

Winter often brings the blues, but when it brings Arctic blasts, burst pipes, power outages, and even icicles indoors, scammers aren’t far behind with weather-related scams. Scammers know severe weather may have shut off your electricity, heat, and water and might pose as your utility company. They might call to say that they’re sorry your... Continue Reading →

Cell Phone Radiation Scams

Whether you call them cell phones, smart phones or mobile devices, it seems like everyone has one. According to the wireless telecommunications industry, the U.S. now has an estimated 300 million mobile subscribers, compared to 110 million subscribers a decade ago. The increase in cell phone use has generated concern about possible health risks related... Continue Reading →

FDA Warns 10 Companies for Illegally Selling Dietary Supplements Claiming to Treat Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders

For Immediate Release:February 19, 2021 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced warning letters to 10 companies for illegally selling dietary supplements that claim to cure, treat, mitigate, or prevent depression and other mental health disorders, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The warning letters were issued to: Enlifta... Continue Reading →

Over 3 BILLION Emails and Passwords Hacked in Possibly the Largest Breach Ever!

Security analysts say consumers should protect themselves by changing passwords for every account Hacker harvest 2021 has begun. According to CyberNews, 3.27 billion unique pairs of emails and passwords were leaked on a popular hacking forum, aggregating past leaks from Netflix, LinkedIn, and other platforms.  The current breach, dubbed “Compilation of Many Breaches'' (COMB), doesn’t appear to... Continue Reading →

Auto Recalls

Imagine walking into work one day only to find out that you’re the one person that your national company is blaming for a safety issue. Well, there’s at least one employee at Subaru who doesn’t have to imagine it.  Subaru of America has announced that it is recalling nearly 400 of its 2021 Outbacks and... Continue Reading →

Health Insurance Scams Can Cost You BIG!

by Lisa Lake, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC In 2018, we told you about Simple Health, a group of companies that the FTC says tricked people into signing up for what the companies told them was comprehensive health coverage that met Affordable Care Act standards. Instead, people wound up with premiums as high as hundreds of dollars... Continue Reading →

The Top Frauds of 2020

2020 was a tough year. Between the pandemic and the economic crisis, we all had our hands full. And scammers didn’t take any time off either — 2020 was a busy year for fraud. In 2020, the FTC got more than 2.2 million reports about fraud, with people telling us they lost nearly $3.3 billion. Here’s... Continue Reading →

Safety Recall for Deluxe Heat Therapy Massager

Summary Company Announcement Date:January 28, 2021FDA Publish Date:January 28, 2021Product Type:Medical DevicesReason for Announcement:Can overheat causing smoke or spark, which may pose a fire hazardCompany Name:Wahl Clipper CorporationBrand Name:WahlProduct Description:Deluxe Heat Therapy Massagers, Model 4212 Company Announcement Wahl Clipper Corporation is voluntarily recalling all Deluxe Heat Therapy Massagers, Model 4212. Discontinue use immediately. The connection... Continue Reading →

Amazon Flex Didn’t Deliver as Promised

by Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Using your own vehicle to deliver packages for Amazon and earn extra money. Sounds good, right? But has Amazon been keeping the tips its drivers are making when delivering for its Amazon Flex program? According to the complaint the FTC issued today, the answer is yes.  In its app... Continue Reading →

Avoid Scammers Offering to Pay Your Rent

If you’re facing eviction for any reason, there are organizations out there who can help you. But there are also fake “organizations” and “charities” who can hurt you. COVID-19 has created an even greater opportunity for scammers to target people — people who are just trying to get help with paying their rent or taking... Continue Reading →

It’s National Data Privacy Day

Today is National Data Privacy Day, when many organizations and government agencies, including the FTC, join together to raise awareness about privacy issues and to offer tips and information. As more and more of our devices are connected and share information about us, privacy is increasingly important. There are things you can do to help protect... Continue Reading →

Scammers Cash in on COVID-19 Vaccination Confusion

by Colleen TresslerDivision of Consumer and Business Education, FTC With every passing day, the news on COVID-19 vaccine distribution seems to change. One reason is that distribution varies by state and territory. And scammers, always at the ready, are taking advantage of the confusion. Besides a big dose of patience, here are some tips to... Continue Reading →

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Takes Action to Place All Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers from Mexico on Import Alert to Help Prevent Entry of Violative and Potentially Dangerous Products into U.S., Protect U.S. Consumers

For Immediate Release:January 26, 2021 As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s continuing efforts to protect consumers from potentially dangerous or subpotent hand sanitizers, the agency has placed all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico on a countrywide import alert to help stop products that appear to be in violation from entering the U.S. until the agency is... Continue Reading →

FDA Alert: Certain Lots of Sportmix Pet Food Recalled for Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin 🦮

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in cooperation with the state departments of agriculture for Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, is investigating certain Sportmix pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins.  On January 11, 2021, Midwestern Pet Foods expanded the recall... Continue Reading →

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