SHOCKING!!! Scammers Target Loved Ones of COVID-19 Victims Who Died

by Seena GressinAttorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Government imposters may have hit a new low with a scheme that targets the grieving survivors of people who died of COVID-19 by offering them help paying for their loved one’s funeral expenses. A real government relief program will pay up to $9,000 for funeral … Continue reading SHOCKING!!! Scammers Target Loved Ones of COVID-19 Victims Who Died

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

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

New Tools to Fight Gift Card Scams

by Cristina Miranda Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC This holiday season (and year-round), gift cards are on scammers’ wish lists. Scammers always have a reason for you to pay them immediately with a gift card. And they often tell you which card to buy and which store to visit. That’s why the FTC is … Continue reading New Tools to Fight Gift Card Scams

Starting an Internet Business, Especially During Lockdown Covid Times

I'm bringing you this information because we are living in very precarious times. More and more people are losing their jobs and are locked down in their homes. It's a time that can lead many to take desperate measures to make money. While there are many legit ways to make money online, there are more … Continue reading Starting an Internet Business, Especially During Lockdown Covid Times

All I Want for Christmas…is What I Ordered

by Carol Kando-Pineda AttorneyFTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education You’ve probably spent a good part of 2020 doing some online shopping. Now that the holidays are here, you definitely want to be sure you — or your friends and family — actually get what you ordered. On this 11th day of Consumer Protection, take … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas…is What I Ordered

Spot Bogus Shipping Messages from UPS or FedEx

You very well may get an email or text message that’s supposedly from UPS or FedEx, complete with one of their logos — and it seems legit. It says your item is ready to ship but you need to update your shipping preferences. But here’s the lump of coal: the message is bogus and there … Continue reading Spot Bogus Shipping Messages from UPS or FedEx

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

Watch Out! Watch Out! Watch Out! Clever Amazon Delivery Scam Spreading All Over the Country

Scammers are always targeting the most popular websites to find new victims. It makes sense if you think about it, the more users a site has the more potential victims there are. Heavy traffic sites are constantly being targeted with the likes of phishing scams, and ransomware attacks. Now, Amazon customers are being hit with … Continue reading Watch Out! Watch Out! Watch Out! Clever Amazon Delivery Scam Spreading All Over the Country

Have You Heard About the “Waiting Package” Phishing Scam? If Not, Read This.

Phishing scams can be hard to spot. For example, we’ve been hearing about one where people get a text message saying that there’s a package waiting for them, and asking them to click a link to learn more. Sounds innocent enough, right? Unfortunately not. The messages are coming from scammers. In some cases, they’re targeted … Continue reading Have You Heard About the “Waiting Package” Phishing Scam? If Not, Read This.