New Android Hack Could Allow Cybercriminals to Take Over Users’ Devices

The malware is being disguised as a ‘system update’ Users of Apple iOS devices welcomed the week with a security threat. Now, Android users are being warned of malware posing as a security update that can allow hackers to take complete control of devices.  The sophisticated new malicious app disguises itself as a System Update application, according to … Continue reading New Android Hack Could Allow Cybercriminals to Take Over Users’ Devices

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 Give Yourself Some Credit (Credit Reports, that is)

What to do if you’re billed for an SBA EIDL loan you don’t owe!

Did you get a bill for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan, but you didn’t apply for one? It’s likely that an identity thief applied for the loan using your personal or business information. The SBA has new guidance about reporting the fraud, and the FTC has tips to help you clear up any credit … Continue reading What to do if you’re billed for an SBA EIDL loan you don’t owe!

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

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 Health Insurance Scams Can Cost You BIG!

Identity Theft ALERT! Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards

by Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Some of you are celebrating your second COVID-19 vaccination with the giddy enthusiasm that’s usually reserved for weddings, new babies, and other life events. You’re posting a photo of your vaccination card on social media. Please — don’t do that! You could be inviting identity … Continue reading Identity Theft ALERT! Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards

Scams That Start On Social Media

by Bridget Small, Division of Consumer & Business Education Scammers are hiding out on social media, using ads and offers to market their scams, according to people’s reports to the FTC and a new Data Spotlight. In the first six months of 2020, people reported losing a record high of almost $117 million to scams that … Continue reading Scams That Start On Social Media

Frosty the Con Man: Avoiding Family Emergency Scams

by Carol Kando-Pineda, Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education “Hello? It’s me — Frosty. Look it’s a long story but without my top hat, I’m melting. Please, I need your help — send money now or I’ll be nothing but a puddle!” OK, so that’s a silly example and real imposters aren’t funny. But, … Continue reading Frosty the Con Man: Avoiding Family Emergency Scams

What To Do If Someone Steals Your Identity

by Traci ArmaniConsumer Education Specialist, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC You know that protecting your identity and personal information is important. And you also know that taking steps to avoid identity theft can make a big difference. But if someone steals your identity, here’s the first thing you do: go to IdentityTheft.gov. To get … Continue reading What To Do If Someone Steals Your Identity