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Home for the holidays? This year, when you pass the turkey, latkes, or veggies, why not also pass on your knowledge about avoiding scams?  

You know a lot about scams. Sharing what you know can help protect someone who you know from a scam...

As the centenarian agency in the consumer protection world, the FTC knows that changes in the marketplace almost always affect trends in fraud – and that fraudsters follow the headlines. And we listen when the US Census Bureau tells us that more...

Your caller ID says “FTC” or “IRS,” and the phone number has the “202” Washington, DC area code. You might even look the number up and see that it’s a real government phone number.

But the person calling isn’t really from the FTC, IRS, or...

Ring, ring… you get a call from a number starting with area code (876). They call to say you’ve won the “Mega Millions” Jamaican lottery, and you could even win a car! All you have to do is pay a few thousand bucks in taxes or fees, and the big...

This video shows how easy it is to start a conversation about scams and how to protect yourself from them.

Scammers sometimes pretend to be government officials to get you to send them money. They might promise lottery winnings if you pay “taxes” or other fees, or they might threaten you with arrest or a lawsuit if you don’t pay a supposed debt....

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...

This video shows some common money wiring scams, and what happens to some people who meet the scams.

Scammers sometimes impersonate government officials  to get you to send them money. They often claim you’ve won a lottery or sweepstakes — but to get your prize, you must pay “taxes,” “fees,” or “insurance.” No federal government agency or...

The only place to enter the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery is dvlottery.state.gov. Entering the lottery is free, and there’s nothing you can do to increase your chances of winning. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a scam artist.

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