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The Affordable Care Act: When Scams Follow the News

The Affordable Care Act is in the news lately. And one thing we’ve learned at the Federal Trade Commission is that scams often follow the news. Natural disaster? Charity scams will follow. Implementation of a major new law affecting millions of people? Scammers will be there.

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Health & Fitness

Fake Government Grants — Real Refunds

Nearly 23,000 people who lost money to scammers promising they could help them get free government grants will be getting $1.7 million in refunds, thanks to the efforts of the FTC.

Here’s what you need to know to avoid a similar scam...

money wrapped up in a red bow made to look like a gift

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Jobs & Making Money

Discussing Seniors and Identity Theft

If you’re an older person, know someone who is, care about identity theft, or some combination of those three, tomorrow could be an interesting day. If you’re close to D.C. — or even if you’re just close to a computer — you can tune in to the FTC’s forum, “Senior Identity Theft: A Problem in this Day and Age.” It’s happening on Tuesday, May 7, 9:00-4:30, live in person and via webcast.

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Privacy & Identity

Helping Victims of the Bombing in Boston — Make Sure Your Donations Count

After the bombing at the Boston Marathon, many people are looking for ways to help, like donating to a charity or fund. Doing some research first will help ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised — and as you intend.

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Money & Credit

Is Your Mobile Bill a Cram Sandwich?

People have long complained about unauthorized charges — cramming — on the bills for their landlines. The FTC has responded loudly and clearly, bringing more than 30 cases, getting tens of millions of dollars back for consumers, and advocating for reforms to eliminate landline cramming. But fraudsters, trolling for new opportunities to cheat consumers, have found the bills for people's mobile devices to be fertile territory.

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Money & Credit

Refund Checks for Consumers Misled By Dinamica Financiera

The FTC is mailing several hundred refund checks to Spanish-speaking consumers who lost money to Dinamica Financiera. The company falsely promised foreclosure relief and mortgage loan modifications.

These Prizes Were No Gems

It’s exciting news —the caller says you’ve won a new car, a boat, jewelry, a fabulous vacation, or a cash prize. All you need to do is buy some vitamins — for $300 to $500 — to claim it.

But this “promotion” from American Health Associates is really just the latest scheme from a repeat scammer, the FTC says. A scheme that’s now been stopped, thanks to the FTC.

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Money & Credit

Traveling for Spring Break?

Oh yes, it’s that sweet time of year again — Spring Break is almost here! Whether you’re off to sunbathe on the sand, see the sights, or ski the slopes, it pays to be an informed travel shopper.

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Money & Credit

You Owe Me Money

What if a company called you, demanding you pay for a product they said you ordered? What if they threatened you if you didn’t pay? And what if you never actually ordered that product, never even saw it, and never promised to pay for anything? 

A recently-filed FTC case claims that Instant Response Systems, a Brooklyn-based company, did all that and more.

Bogus Text Message Prize Offers

If you've ever gotten a text message on your cell phone telling you that you've won a free prize, you're not alone. During the past year, the FTC has gotten tens of thousands of complaints about unsolicited text messages.

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Privacy & Identity

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