Veterans and Imposter Scams

by Carol Kando-PinedaAttorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education During the past four years, the FTC logged more than 378,000 reports from veterans — and nearly 161,000 were fraud-related. More than 24,000 of those reported a loss (with total losses of $205 million). Veterans had a median loss of $755, compared to active duty servicemembers … Continue reading Veterans and 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

FDA Warns Consumers of Risk of Methanol Contamination in Certain Hand Sanitizers

FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested … Continue reading FDA Warns Consumers of Risk of Methanol Contamination in Certain Hand Sanitizers

MyLife accused of posting misleading background reports

If you’re looking for a job, an apartment, or a loan, there’s a good chance that someone will be looking at you — closely. They may search for your name online or order a background report. They’re looking for red-flag warnings that another candidate may be a safer bet. According to a lawsuit announced today, MyLife.com, which … Continue reading MyLife accused of posting misleading background reports

BEWARE! US citizens are receiving unsolicited packages of seeds from China in the mail

People across the United States are reporting receiving an unsolicited package of seeds from China in the mail. On July 24, 2020, the Washington State Department of Agriculture posted about the incident on Facebook and said the seeds are being sent in packages that usually state the contents are jewelry. “Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, … Continue reading BEWARE! US citizens are receiving unsolicited packages of seeds from China in the mail