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Looking for information on dealing with identity theft? The FTC has new and revised identity theft publications that reflect features of IdentityTheft.gov that make it easier to report and recover from identity theft.

Here’s what’s hot off the presses:

Beware of supplements promising big relief

You might try to get relief from occasional body aches and pains with an over-the-counter treatment. But for people with severe joint stiffness or mobility restrictions due to arthritis or fibromyalgia, it’s a good idea to get medical advice. According to the FTC, some products that claim to treat those serious conditions don’t live up to the hype. Today the FTC announced a settlement against a company that claimed its "clinically proven" supplement promised "complete and long-lasting relief" from joint pain.

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Health & Fitness

FTC to auto dealers: don’t toy with yo-yo financing

Buying a car can be exciting, but what if there are strings attached? Some buyers told us that they financed a car through a dealership, signed a contract, and drove the car home, only to be told that the financing didn't go through and they had to sign a new deal or lose their down payment. There’s a name for that: it’s called a “yo-yo” financing tactic. It’s just one of a trunk-load of charges the FTC is bringing against Sage Auto Group, a group of nine Los Angeles-based auto dealerships, and the three brothers who control them.

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Money & Credit

How did that company get my info?

Are you getting calls or emails from a company you’ve never heard of? Wondering how they got your name or number — or how they know what you’re interested in? The reason might be lead generation. Here’s what you need to know.

Student Financial Aid: FAFSA filing begins October 1

If you’re a high school or college student or parent, it’s important to know that beginning this year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing season for the 2017-18 academic year launches Oct. 1. This is a new timeline that starts three months earlier than usual to align financial aid applications with the college admissions season.

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Jobs & Making Money

3 videos to help you be #CyberAware

October is almost here — which means, so is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). What does that mean for you? It’s a great time to make sure you’re #CyberAware. Are you doing everything you can to protect your personal information and devices? Check out these questions — and corresponding short videos — to see what you’re doing right, and where your cyber habits might need some work.

Refunds for One Technologies’ not-so-free credit scores

The FTC will be refunding nearly $20 million to people who were misled by One Technologies about getting “free credit scores” that weren’t so free. The money comes from a 2014 settlement with One Technologies. According to the FTC, the company misled people by advertising free credit scores without making clear that people would be enrolled in a credit monitoring program — and charged $29.95 per month.

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Money & Credit

Lifelong learning

It’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. It’s a time to raise public awareness about the importance of both things – adult education and family literacy – and the 36 million adults in the US with low literacy skills.

Who's stalking: what to know about mobile spyware

Do you think an abusive partner or ex is monitoring you through your phone? They might be using stalking apps (spyware) that secretly track your devices. Here’s information about what stalking apps are, how to tell if they’re on your device, and what to do if they are.

Yahoo breach? Watch this

Was your information exposed in the Yahoo data breach? Change your Yahoo password right away. Then, check out this new data breach video from the FTC.

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