Consumer Information Blog

Gone to Carolina

Do you ever wonder how fraud varies from place to place? Why what’s big in one community might not have reached another? The FTC wonders these things. Then we go find out what’s going on – like we did last week in North Carolina, where the question was: what are the consumer protection issues facing immigrant communities there?

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Money & Credit

FTC drives settlement with Massachusetts auto dealer

As part of the FTC’s crackdown on deceptive practices related to the sale, financing, and leasing of motor vehicles, Courtesy Auto Group of Attleboro, Massachusetts has agreed to settle charges that it deceptively advertised that consumers could lease a vehicle for $0 down and specific monthly payments. In fact, the advertised amounts did not mention substantial fees that the dealer charged.

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Money & Credit

Dialing for Dollars

There’s a new scam going around – and if your family name is from South Asia, there’s a chance you already know about it. If the scam sounds familiar, that’s because it’s been around for years, targeting one group, then another. Right now, the people being targeted seem to be from India and Pakistan; tomorrow: who can say?

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Money & Credit

Mind your business (opportunity)

Many people dream about being their own boss. Controlling their own schedule, running things their way, and being in charge of their own earning potential? What’s not to love?

Chasing that dream wisely, though, means knowing the difference between a legitimate opportunity and a scam.

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Jobs & Making Money

New report highlights alcohol industry efforts to reduce advertising and marketing to teens

Did you know that alcohol companies have voluntary guidelines for where they place ads? 

For example, alcohol companies agree that they will advertise on television programs and websites where at least 70% of the audience is comprised of people 21 and older, based on reliable data.

But do they really keep their promises?

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Health & Fitness

Outlet shopping: Getting your money’s worth

Who doesn’t like a bargain? I know I do. And anytime I go to the beach on vacation, I head for the outlet malls. One-stop shopping for everything from clothes, shoes and handbags to housewares and home furnishings to luggage and more, with labels I know and trust. And at prices that can’t be beat.

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Money & Credit

We want to get your money back!

“They got me.”

If you’ve ever been taken in by a bogus product or service, that may be the first thing you think just as you get that sinking feeling in your stomach.

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Money & Credit

Saving gas money on your spring break road trip

Hitting the highway on a road trip this spring? If you’re traveling on a budget, here are a few tips to help you save gas money.

Image of car at gas station

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Money & Credit

FTC to used car dealers: Play by the rules or pay the price

The FTC’s Used Car Rule has been the law of the land since 1985. It requires used car dealers to post a Buyers Guide on cars they offer for sale. The Guide gives customers important warranty and other information to help them make an informed buying decision.

So when Abernathy Motor Company failed to display a single Buyers Guide on all of the used cars for sale at its Jonesboro, Arkansas location — even after the FTC warned the company about the violation — the agency said it’s time to pay the piper.

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Money & Credit

A lotto malarkey

At the FTC, we’ve been warning people away from foreign lottery scams for years. So when one of our colleagues recently got an official-looking mailer from Canada, titled “RE: PRIZE WINNING NOTIFICATION,” we turned to our own advice to check it out.

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Money & Credit

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