Consumer Information Blog

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

Finding Common Ground

Staffers from the FTC’s East Central Regional Office, based in Cleveland, Ohio, recently met in Pittsburgh with legal services attorneys, consumer advocates, the PA Office of the Attorney General, the US Attorney’s Office, and other federal agencies. Participants came from throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

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

FTC to Webcast Mobile Cramming Roundtable

FTC staff are ready to host the one-day roundtable on mobile cramming tomorrow, May 8, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

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

Buying the Best Gift Card for Mom…and You

As Mother’s Day approaches, you’re probably wondering what to get the mom who may have everything. More than likely, gift cards have crossed your mind as the perfect solution.

FTC’s Mobile Cramming Roundtable Agenda

On May 8th, consumer advocates, government officials, and industry representatives will meet for a roundtable discussion on mobile cramming hosted by the FTC.

Privacy Awareness Week

April 28 through May 4 is Privacy Awareness Week, and to mark the occasion, the FTC and other members of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) are teaming up to talk about why privacy matters — and what you can do about it — in today’s digital world.

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Privacy & Identity

Reducing Robocalls: Practical Tips & Tricks

You don’t have to tell us twice, we know robocalls are annoying. Our Robocall Challenge generated advice we wanted to share, from consumers who say they’re using certain tricks to stop these harassing calls now.

FTC Robocall Challenge: Consumer Tips & Tricks

 

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Privacy & Identity

FTC Seeks Your Input for Mobile Cramming Roundtable May 8th

On May 8th, FTC staff are conducting a mobile cramming roundtable among consumer advocates, industry leaders and government regulators. The roundtable is part of an ongoing effort by the FTC to address how to protect consumers against the growing problem of mobile cramming.

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