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 Avoid Scammers Offering to Pay Your Rent

CAUTION: Giving Wisely During COVID Times

by Rosario Méndez, Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Thanks to COVID-19, many charitable organizations are faced with greater demand for their services, but less in donations as people have less to give. Now, more than ever, it’s important to make sure that your donation will be used wisely and well. Tomorrow is Giving … Continue reading CAUTION: Giving Wisely During COVID Times

Scammers Prey On Your Kindness During Disasters

Wildfires raging out West. The hurricane season. Civil unrest. And all of this happening during a global pandemic that has claimed its own devastating share of deaths and cost people their livelihoods. In response to these events, the season of giving is starting even before the usual holidays, since we all just want to help … Continue reading Scammers Prey On Your Kindness During Disasters

Spot and Stop Dishonest Charity Fundraisers

What’s worse than a bogus charity? A bogus charity with a dishonest fundraiser. That’s what we saw in a case announced today against Outreach Calling, Inc., its founder Mark Gelvan, and others. The defendants in this FTC case are fundraisers that called millions of Americans on behalf of bogus charities. They claimed that the charities … Continue reading Spot and Stop Dishonest Charity Fundraisers