As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, eligible families will get monthly payments from the government from July 15 through December 2021. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will send these monthly payments directly to people through direct deposit, paper checks, or debit cards. Unlike economic impact payments, these payments are an advance on families’ … Continue reading More money is coming to families…and scammers are ready
We’re getting reports about scammers pretending to be Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents. They’re trying to get your money and personal information, and using alarming phone calls to do it. The DEA is alerting people to the scam. Their message: It’s not the DEA calling. The scammers use fake names and badge numbers. Sometimes they … Continue reading The Drug Enforcement Administration Isn’t Calling You!
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!
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
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
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 Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC This year, during the pandemic, your holidays might be moving a bit online. On the 10th day of Consumer Protection, maybe you’re planning to send e-cards to family and friends. Or maybe your kids are writing their letter to Santa online, using a site that promises a customized letter … Continue reading 🎅Santa Doesn’t Need Your Social Security Number🎅
by Alvaro Puig, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Scammers are calling people and using the names of two companies everyone knows, Apple and Amazon, to rip people off. Here’s what you need to know about these calls. In one version of the scam, you get a call and a recorded message that says it’s Amazon. The message … Continue reading FAKE Calls from Apple and Amazon Support: What You Need to Know
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