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

Scammers Cash in on COVID-19 Vaccination Confusion

by Colleen TresslerDivision of Consumer and Business Education, FTC With every passing day, the news on COVID-19 vaccine distribution seems to change. One reason is that distribution varies by state and territory. And scammers, always at the ready, are taking advantage of the confusion. Besides a big dose of patience, here are some tips to … Continue reading Scammers Cash in on COVID-19 Vaccination Confusion

Scam “US Trading Commission” Website is Not the FTC

by Seena GressinAttorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC It’s often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but we are not flattered at all by a scam website designed to look like a Federal Trade Commission site and steal your money.  The imposter calls itself the US Trading Commission and uses … Continue reading Scam “US Trading Commission” Website is Not the FTC

Coronavirus Relief Scam Impersonates Joe Simons from the Federal Trade Commission

by Alvaro Puig, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Scammers are at it again, pretending to be from a government agency to rip people off. Here’s what you need to know about the latest coronavirus relief fund scam. You get an email that looks to be from Joe Simons of the Federal Trade Commission. It says you’re getting … Continue reading Coronavirus Relief Scam Impersonates Joe Simons from the Federal Trade Commission

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

Know Your Rights During Medicare Open Enrollment

by The Senior Medicare Patrol, National Resource Center, Lois C. Greisman, Elder Justice Coordinator, FTC During Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which ends December 7, Medicare beneficiaries can choose the plans that are best for them. You can get help comparing Medicare plans from the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) that are in all U.S. … Continue reading Know Your Rights During Medicare Open Enrollment

Debt collectors: Mind the “No Parking” Signs on Credit Reports

by Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC There’s a virtual “NO PARKING” sign planted smack in the middle of your credit report. It means that debt collectors can’t report your debt — or your supposed debt — to credit reporting agencies without first trying to check with you. That’s a key takeaway … Continue reading Debt collectors: Mind the “No Parking” Signs on Credit Reports