The FTC’s best of 2015

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annual highlights stats and dataHere at the FTC, we spend most of our time working to protect your consumer rights and promote fair competition among companies. We conduct investigations, bring cases, give people tips and advice, help businesses comply with the law, and advocate for consumer-friendly policies around the world.

Every once in a while, we take a moment to measure our impact and consider what we’ve accomplished. That lets us explain our approach to people and companies that want to know, and helps us plan for the future.

In that spirit, today we released the FTC’s Annual Highlights for 2015. They briefly recount the agency’s accomplishments in enforcement, policy, and education. I hope you’ll check them out.

Want the top-line numbers at a glance? Then take a peek at this infographic.

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It has been my experience the last couple of months dealing with all three credit reporting agencies that they are just as dishonest as a thief is and take advantage of who ever they can.

I am very pleased with your agency. I am particularly appreciative of your daily scam alerts as well as your pursuit of businesses and other entities that are deceiving the public. Thank you!

Always ready to review the actions and activities of the FTC. Very important to our daily lives. Thanks to everyone whose with the FTC.

In September of 2015 I received a letter from the FTC regarding the operation of bogus business opportunity with whom I lost over $47,000. I returned my completed form by the deadline via certified mail.

I have been unable to find the letter because we are in the process of down sizing and sellig some personal property in the home. I have not heard anything from the FTC since that first letter and would like to know the status of the case. (I hope the letter I received was not fraudulent). I would appreciate an update on the case. Thank you for your assistant. Julia W

You can contact the FTC's consumer help line at 1-877-FTC-HELP and explain the situation. They may be able to connect you with information about this matter.

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To file a complaint, go to ftc.gov/complaint. You can give details about the situation and they will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations. Or, you can contact your state and local consumer protection agencies.

The comments you put here on the blog do not go into the database for law enforcement.

Is there any way I can stop the sales calls? I have listed my phone on the "do not call list" numerous times but now they are calling my call phone - about six of them in the past couple of days. Help!

If you're getting repeated calls from the same number, you can look for call blocking features. You may have features on your phone or answering machine, or you can ask your phone service provider about options.

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I need info on receiving grant funds ASAP. Thanx

The federal government has several websites about benefits, loans and government assistance:

Benefits.gov has information about personal funding, for education, disaster relief, or health care. Use the Benefits Finder tool to identify programs for which you may be eligible.      GovLoans.gov has information about any type of personal or business loan.    StudentAid.ed.gov tells about funding for education.

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