Consumer Information Blog

Recovering from a Health Care Hustle

The FTC announced today that it will mail more than $700,000 in refunds to people who thought they paid for medical insurance but were sold worthless medical discount plans instead.

Stethoscope and heart monitor

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Health & Fitness

How to Make Sure Oklahoma Tornado Victims Benefit From Your Donation

In the wake of the destructive tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday, you may be looking for ways to help, like donating to a charity or fund.

Before you give, just make sure of one thing — that your donations are going to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised.

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Money & Credit

“Green Card” Lottery Scams

The results for the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery are now available at dvlottery.state.gov.

That’s good news for people who are hoping to become “lawful permanent residents” in the US (sometimes referred to as “getting a green card”).

But it’s also a good opportunity for scammers to try to confuse hopeful applicants.

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Money & Credit

Something Smells Phishy…

Have you ever received an email from a business that asked you to respond with personal or financial information? Maybe even a text from a company that threatened to close your account if you didn’t verify your identity? That smells phishy.

Join the FTC, Stop.Think.Connect., and others for a Twitter chat on phishing this Thursday, May 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Follow @FTC and use the hashtag #ChatSTC to join the conversation!

Phishing Scams Game

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Privacy & Identity

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.

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