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Latino community: the FTC wants to hear from you

FTC research confirms what we’ve known for some time: that we hear from people in Latino communities less frequently than the general population. But reporting and experiencing fraud are two different things.

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Jobs & Making Money

Avoiding a money mule scam

Scammers are looking for people to help them move stolen money. They visit dating, job search, and other sites, telling fake stories, and making up reasons to send you money. Then they tell you to send the money to someone else. If you help a scammer move stolen money — even if you didn’t know it was stolen — you could get into legal trouble.

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Money & Credit

The clock is ticking for open enrollment at Medicare.gov and Healthcare.gov

The Medicare Open Enrollment deadline of December 7, 2021 is fast approaching. If you’re on Medicare, now is the time to review your health and prescription drug coverage and compare it with other plans to make sure you have a plan that best meets your needs for 2022. Coverage changes take effect January 1, 2022.

Open enrollment for 2022 health plans in the Healthcare Marketplace continues through January 15, 2022, but if you want your coverage to start January 1, 2022, you need to enroll by December 15, 2021. If you enroll between December 16, 2021 and January 15, 2022, your coverage will start on February 1, 2022.

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Health & Fitness

Looking for a new job? Watch out for scams

As we wrap up National Caregiver Month, the FTC wants to recognize all the incredible work that caregivers like you do every day. The work is seen and unseen and helps people in both physical and emotional ways.

We know caregiving can be tough on your finances, too. So if you’re looking for a way to make extra money, searching online can be a good start. But scammers are there, too, and post fake job ads designed to trick you into sharing personal information or sending money in exchange for the promise of a job…that doesn’t exist.

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Jobs & Making Money

Celebrate Hanukkah without the scams

Hanukkah is all about spending time with loved ones, celebrating traditions, and, for many, giving gifts. So, as you start preparing for all eight nights, here are some things you can do to avoid scammers when shopping online:

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Money & Credit

What are people reporting at DoNotCall.gov?

In the past 18 years of the National Do Not Call Registry, those of you signed up for the registry (244 million phone numbers right now) have reported millions upon millions of unwanted sales calls over the years. Here’s a quick look at what you’ve reported this year at DoNotCall.gov about the calls you’re getting.

Donate safely this Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a great time to show your gratitude by donating to help others. But you don’t want to give money to a fake charity or scammer (any day of the week).
Before you donate this Giving Tuesday ― and anytime you’re asked to give to charity:

Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit

How to spot and avoid common health scams

As a caregiver for a family member with special health needs, you know that shopping, making meals, or just regularly spending time with someone who can’t get out much can profoundly improve their quality of life. But being a caregiver is stressful, and scammers know that, too. In fact, dishonest companies will say almost anything to get you to buy their product or service.

Unsubstantiated COVID-19 treatment claims appear on social media platforms

Social media platforms have played a major role in conveying information about how to help stop the spread of COVID-19. But just because the information is running on a platform you use doesn’t mean it’s accurate or truthful. Before you act on a message you’ve seen or before you share it, ask — and answer — these critical questions.

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Health & Fitness

Before you join that crowdfunding campaign, read this

If it takes a village to raise a child, crowdfunding may be what it takes to make that invention a reality. But scammers could be behind those crowdfunding efforts and take your money without delivering what they promise.

Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit

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