Recognizing these common signs of a scam could help you avoid falling for one. Four Signs That It’s a ScamWhat You Can Do to Avoid a ScamReport Scams to the FTC Four Signs That It’s a Scam 1. Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know. Scammers often pretend to be contacting you on … Continue reading Best Ways to Avoid Scams
by Jennifer LeachAssociate Director, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Congress has just passed another bill to help the people whose finances are taking a beating from the pandemic. Once again, some of us will be getting money by check or direct deposit. The timing and details are still TBA, but here’s what we … Continue reading More Money from the Government? Really?
Phishing scams can be hard to spot. For example, we’ve been hearing about one where people get a text message saying that there’s a package waiting for them, and asking them to click a link to learn more. Sounds innocent enough, right? Unfortunately not. The messages are coming from scammers. In some cases, they’re targeted … Continue reading Have You Heard About the “Waiting Package” Phishing Scam? If Not, Read This.
If you don’t usually file a tax return, or didn’t file a return for 2018 or 2019, you might not know you could qualify for an economic impact payment. You might be one of the nine million people getting a letter from the IRS letting you know how to register on their website to claim … Continue reading Non-Filers: Expect a Letter About your Stimulus Check
More than 85 large wildfires are ripping across the West Coast, from California to Oregon and Washington. In the Southeast, people are just beginning to recover from Hurricane Sally, while more storms are brewing in the Atlantic. And the Midwest continues to recover from the recent derecho. Severe weather and natural disasters can occur anywhere … Continue reading Tips to help you prepare for — and recover from — natural disasters
If someone you don’t know sends you a check and asks for money back, that’s a scam. But what if you’re a small business owner and someone “overpays” you and asks you to refund the balance? That’s still a scam — a fake check scam, to be exact. Want to learn more about how this … Continue reading Fake Check Scams And Your Small Business
Wildfires raging out West. The hurricane season. Civil unrest. And all of this happening during a global pandemic that has claimed its own devastating share of deaths and cost people their livelihoods. In response to these events, the season of giving is starting even before the usual holidays, since we all just want to help … Continue reading Scammers Prey On Your Kindness During Disasters
Maybe someone said you’ve won the lottery, a prize or sweepstakes. Or they claim to be from the government and tell you there’s a problem with your Social Security number. And, to collect your winnings or solve your problem, you have to pay with gift cards. But here’s the thing: anyone who insists that you … Continue reading Did Someone Tell You To Pay With Gift Cards? It’s A Scam
Celebrities are often used to market products or services, but sometimes they’re used to lure consumers into a scam. And that’s what the FTC alleges happened when two real estate celebrities joined forces with Nudge – a company (and its owners) that the FTC and the Utah Division of Consumer Protection (“Division”) sued in November … Continue reading FTC moves to add real estate celebrities Dean Graziosi and Scott Yancey to Nudge case
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!