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!

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

Scammers Demand Money for their Dirty Deeds!

We are posting a warning to homeowners that scammers are sending mailings “offering” to sell them copies of their own property deeds. The deceptive solicitations would have the recipients believe that the government requires they immediately purchase certified copies of the legal documents (which is not true!). Often, the mailings state that homeowners must pay … Continue reading Scammers Demand Money for their Dirty Deeds!

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

FDA Warns 10 Companies for Illegally Selling Dietary Supplements Claiming to Treat Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders

For Immediate Release:February 19, 2021 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced warning letters to 10 companies for illegally selling dietary supplements that claim to cure, treat, mitigate, or prevent depression and other mental health disorders, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The warning letters were issued to: Enlifta … Continue reading FDA Warns 10 Companies for Illegally Selling Dietary Supplements Claiming to Treat Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders

Wrapping Up 2020 with More Car Wrap Scams

by Ari Lazarus, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC We just heard from more companies that scammers are using their names to trick people into a car wrap scam. This time, scammers are saying they’re Marlboro or Purell (but they’re not really). The gist of the scam is this: scammers send emails and post to social media and … Continue reading Wrapping Up 2020 with More Car Wrap Scams

Why Report Fraud?

by Traci ArmaniConsumer Education Specialist, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Scams come in many forms: texts, emails, letters, and lots of calls. Scammers plot schemes from tech support scams to fake check scams to try to knock us off balance just long enough to take advantage. They want to get our money and personal … Continue reading Why Report Fraud?

A Real or Fake Savings Club?

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. It’s also the greatest form of “scammery.” That’s why scammers are imitating a type of informal savings club known as a “sou sou” or “susu” to trick people into joining what amounts to an illegal pyramid scheme. If you’ve never heard of the term “sou sou,” a quick … Continue reading A Real or Fake Savings Club?

Imposters! BEWARE!

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has encountered a wide variety of scams in which fraudsters use technology to impersonate official government personnel from HHS or OIG. These scammers target individuals through various methods, including phone, email, or social media in an attempt to obtain money or personal, medical, or … Continue reading Imposters! BEWARE!