BEWARE: Scammers Reportedly Using Fake Unemployment Benefits Websites as Phishing Lures

At a time when many people left jobless by the pandemic are struggling to get by, scammers reportedly are using websites that mimic government unemployment insurance (UI) benefits websites. These sites trick people into thinking they’re applying for UI benefits, and they wind up giving the scammers their personal information. The Department of Justice’s National … Continue reading BEWARE: Scammers Reportedly Using Fake Unemployment Benefits Websites as Phishing Lures

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 Dealing With Weather Emergencies & Disasters

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

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

Scam “US Trading Commission” Website is Not the FTC

by Seena GressinAttorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC It’s often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but we are not flattered at all by a scam website designed to look like a Federal Trade Commission site and steal your money.  The imposter calls itself the US Trading Commission and uses … Continue reading Scam “US Trading Commission” Website is Not the FTC

Coronavirus Relief Scam Impersonates Joe Simons from the Federal Trade Commission

by Alvaro Puig, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Scammers are at it again, pretending to be from a government agency to rip people off. Here’s what you need to know about the latest coronavirus relief fund scam. You get an email that looks to be from Joe Simons of the Federal Trade Commission. It says you’re getting … Continue reading Coronavirus Relief Scam Impersonates Joe Simons from the Federal Trade Commission

Lawsuit Investigation Looks into Champion’s Acana, Orijen Pet Food

AT A GLANCE This Alert Affects: Anyone who bought Champion’s Acana or Orijen dog or cat food advertised as containing “free-run poultry” or “wild-caught fish.”What’s Going On?Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether class action lawsuits can be filed after allegations surfaced that some of Champion’s pet food contains meat from chickens that had no … Continue reading Lawsuit Investigation Looks into Champion’s Acana, Orijen Pet Food

Does Your Health App Protect Your Sensitive Info?

by Miles Plant, Attorney, FTC New health apps are popping up every day, promising to help you track your health conditions, count your calories, manage your medications, or predict your ovulation. These apps often ask for some of your most sensitive personal information, like your health history, medication list, or whether you have ever suffered a … Continue reading Does Your Health App Protect Your Sensitive Info?

Wrapping Up 2020 with More Car Wrap Scams

by Ari Lazarus, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC We just heard from more companies that scammers are using their names to trick people into a car wrap scam. This time, scammers are saying they’re Marlboro or Purell (but they’re not really). The gist of the scam is this: scammers send emails and post to social media and … Continue reading Wrapping Up 2020 with More Car Wrap Scams

Rental Scams

Rental scams happen when either a property owner or potential tenant misrepresents themselves. Rental scams also misrepresent the terms and availability of a rental property. Fake ads and fake responses to rental ads can hurt both tenants and property owners. Scams Targeting Renters If you're searching for rental properties, it's important to learn about rental … Continue reading Rental Scams