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March 2016

Closing time for fake debt collector

It’s fine to play “let’s pretend” when you’re young; you can be an astronaut today and an inventor tomorrow. But grown-ups who pretend to be debt collectors and lie to get peoples’ money are headed for trouble. At the request of the FTC and the Illinois Attorney General, a federal court has shut down a network of businesses and operators that falsely claimed to be debt collectors collecting real payday loan debts.

Person standing next to the word DEBT

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Money & Credit

FTC and states wrap up largest charity enforcement action ever

Last May, we told you that the FTC, along with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, announced a complaint against four sham charities. Children’s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society agreed to shut down, but Cancer Fund of America (CFA) and Cancer Support Services (CSS) refused – until now.

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Money & Credit

FTC sues VW over false clean diesel claims

Being green isn’t always easy. So when Volkswagen (VW) said it developed technology that greatly reduces emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) in its TDI “Clean Diesel” vehicles, environmentally-conscious consumers responded favorably, and sales of TDI vehicles in the U.S. increased substantially. The FTC is challenging a number of claims VW made about its diesel engine automobiles.

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Money & Credit

Identity theft protection – you can do it!

You’ve probably seen ads offering “identity protection” services. In fact, nobody can guarantee you won’t experience identity theft. Those services offer identity monitoring and repair — things you can do yourself, for free.

If you’re open to being a do-it-yourselfer, here are some free and low-cost alternatives to buying identity theft protection services.

Shopping for energy

As you turn on the A.C. this spring, saving money on utilities might come to mind. Some states let you choose your energy supplier for electricity or natural gas. Maybe you're getting offers from companies, asking you to switch from your local utility company. Before you make a move, here are some questions to ask.   

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Money & Credit

Lord & Taylor’s fashion faux posts

It’s fun to check out fashion trendsetters’ styles on social media. What’s the “must-have” item this spring? How did they accessorize a piece? And all that jazz.

You know what’s not so fun? A large national retailer like Lord & Taylor deceiving people.

Thumbnail Image for Video on Online Reviews and Recommendations

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Money & Credit

When women are targeted for scams

It’s Women’s History Month, and here’s a look at the work we’ve done to shut down scammers who targeted women during the past few years.

Celebrating Women’s History Month at the FTC

The consumer movement, trust-busting, the women’s movement, and the work of the FTC have traveled parallel (and often intersecting) paths. Women’s History Month offers us a chance to consider the contribution women have made to the mission of the FTC and the unprecedented moment in women’s history we’re witnessing at the FTC today.

The land of the free trials

To help you decide whether to get a new product, many marketers will let you try it “for free,” or “risk-free,” or “at no obligation.” Trouble is, some sellers lure you into these so-called “free” trials… and then keep billing you after the trial is over. Some even sign you up for other products or services you don’t want.

Here’s a quick video on how to protect yourself from the perils of so-called free trials. Because, sometimes, “free” can turn out to be quite expensive.

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Money & Credit