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 Behind On Your Rent And Worried About Eviction?

Indoor TV Antenna? Make Sure You Know What You’re Getting

Any TV set made since 2007 has a digital tuner that lets you watch over-the-air (OTA) channels for free, if you get an inexpensive indoor antenna. These channels usually include local broadcast channels, including high-definition or “HDTV” signals. But an OTA antenna won’t get you free “premium” channels, which you can only get from cable, … Continue reading Indoor TV Antenna? Make Sure You Know What You’re Getting

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 Cell Phone Radiation Scams

Coronavirus Relief Continues for Housing and Student Loans

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, so does its financial impact. For people who need help with rent or mortgage payments, or have student loans, there may be some good news about the federal relief response. Renters — The temporary stop on evictions for certain renters now runs through March 31, 2021. The Centers for Disease … Continue reading Coronavirus Relief Continues for Housing and Student Loans

Beware of Dating & Romance Scams – Especially During Valentines Day

by Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Valentine’s Day is this weekend, so over the next three days, we’re talking about romance scams. Lots of people have profiles on dating apps to meet someone — maybe even more so in these virtual times. And many people have built successful relationships from an online start. But what … Continue reading Beware of Dating & Romance Scams – Especially During Valentines Day

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 Amazon Flex Didn’t Deliver as Promised

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

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 It’s National Data Privacy Day