Hang up on Fake “Refund Calls”

In 2019, the FTC reached a settlement with Elite IT and its owner, who tricked people into buying expensive computer repair services. The company shut down, and its owner is permanently banned from selling tech support services to consumers. But recently, scammers posing as Elite IT agents have been making calls. They say they’re giving … Continue reading Hang up on Fake “Refund Calls”

“Free” Trial Offers? They’ll Cost You!

A chance to try something out for free? What have you got to lose? If you're interested in a particular product or service, trying before you buy might seem like a no-brainer. But what starts as a free trial — or for a very low cost — might end up costing you real money. The … Continue reading “Free” Trial Offers? They’ll Cost You!

Blocking Unwanted Calls

Why are you getting so many calls? Often, it’s scammers calling. Here’s what you need to know about unwanted calls and how to stop them. Share these articles, infographics, and videos with your friends, family, and followers. REPORT UNWANTED CALLS Blocking Unwanted Calls Scammers can use the internet to make calls from all over the … Continue reading Blocking Unwanted Calls

FTC: Sellers need proof for COVID treatment claims

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers from sellers of scam COVID-19 treatments, the FTC has sent 20 more warning letters to companies that claim their products can prevent, treat or cure the COVID-19. Claims for zappers, virus-busting cards, sage, oregano, and bay leaves are among the representations called into question in the … Continue reading FTC: Sellers need proof for COVID treatment claims

Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Genetic testing fraud occurs when Medicare is billed for a test or screening that was not medically necessary and/or was not ordered by a Medicare beneficiary's treating physician. Scammers are offering Medicare … Continue reading Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam

To Help You Stop Robocalls

It can be frustrating to deal with a bunch of unwanted calls. If you answer them, you might hear a recorded message of someone trying to sell you something. Or it could be a real person hoping to scare you into paying a debt you don't owe. These kinds of unwanted calls are often scams. … Continue reading To Help You Stop Robocalls

Video shows how scammers tell you to pay

Scammers make up all kinds of stories to get your money, from telling you that you’ve won a prize, you owe a debt, or your family member is in an emergency. But some things stay the same: scammers want your money, they want it fast, and don’t want you to be able to get it … Continue reading Video shows how scammers tell you to pay

Hang Up on Business Imposter Scams

Scammers love to use the same old tricks in new ways. One of their favorites is to pose as a business or government official to pressure you into sending them money or personal information. Now, some scammers are pretending to be popular online shopping websites, phishing for your personal information. For example, you get a … Continue reading Hang Up on Business Imposter Scams

A Deceptive Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction 0ffer

Monthly credit card bills can be a drag, especially when you’re feeling financially strapped. Finding ways to lower those bills — sometimes by simply calling your credit card company directly and asking for a lower rate — can save you lots of cash. So what about those companies that call with a “guaranteed” credit card … Continue reading A Deceptive Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction 0ffer

Covid-19 Related Scams

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Scammers are offering COVID-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. However, the services are unapproved and illegitimate. Fraudsters are targeting beneficiaries in a number of … Continue reading Covid-19 Related Scams