Avoid Payment Scams While Rebuilding Your Finances

Over the past year, the Coronavirus created financial problems for many people. Maybe you’re one of them. As you work to regain your financial footing, scammers will continue to try to steer you off course. Here are a few ways to spot, stop, and report payment scams. Asked to pay with gift cards? Don’t do … Continue reading Avoid Payment Scams While Rebuilding Your Finances

Behind On Your Rent And Worried About Eviction?

Lots of people are having difficulty paying their rent due to the pandemic. But today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released an eviction moratorium order. It protects people from being evicted for not paying their rent if they complete a declaration form and give it to their landlord. This protection lasts until June 30, … Continue reading Behind On Your Rent And Worried About Eviction?

BEWARE: Scammers Reportedly Using Fake Unemployment Benefits Websites as Phishing Lures

At a time when many people left jobless by the pandemic are struggling to get by, scammers reportedly are using websites that mimic government unemployment insurance (UI) benefits websites. These sites trick people into thinking they’re applying for UI benefits, and they wind up giving the scammers their personal information. The Department of Justice’s National … Continue reading BEWARE: Scammers Reportedly Using Fake Unemployment Benefits Websites as Phishing Lures

Get Ready! Be Prepared for the Scams that Will Follow the New COVID-19 Rescue Plan

The pandemic is still taking a toll on every kind of well-being we have. The new American Rescue Plan, just signed into law, gets the ball rolling to help out on many people’s financial well-being. Payments will soon be coming by direct deposit, checks, or a debit card to people eligible for the payment. You … Continue reading Get Ready! Be Prepared for the Scams that Will Follow the New COVID-19 Rescue Plan

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

Utility Scams

Winter often brings the blues, but when it brings Arctic blasts, burst pipes, power outages, and even icicles indoors, scammers aren’t far behind with weather-related scams. Scammers know severe weather may have shut off your electricity, heat, and water and might pose as your utility company. They might call to say that they’re sorry your … Continue reading Utility Scams

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

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

The Top Frauds of 2020

2020 was a tough year. Between the pandemic and the economic crisis, we all had our hands full. And scammers didn’t take any time off either — 2020 was a busy year for fraud. In 2020, the FTC got more than 2.2 million reports about fraud, with people telling us they lost nearly $3.3 billion. Here’s … Continue reading The Top Frauds of 2020

Amazon Flex Didn’t Deliver as Promised

by Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Using your own vehicle to deliver packages for Amazon and earn extra money. Sounds good, right? But has Amazon been keeping the tips its drivers are making when delivering for its Amazon Flex program? According to the complaint the FTC issued today, the answer is yes.  In its app … Continue reading Amazon Flex Didn’t Deliver as Promised