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Join us for NCPW 2020 on March 1-7!

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is coming up next week, and we’d love for you to join us. NCPW is a time when the FTC joins with local, state and national partners to bring you information and advice on scams, identity theft, and other consumer protection issues.
Here’s a preview of some events you can join:

FTC refunds $34 million to Office Depot customers

The FTC is sending refund checks to more than 541,000 people who paid for repairs and technical services when they took their computers to Office Depot or Office Max stores for a free “PC Health Check.”

Is that text message about your FedEx package really a scam?

You may be skeptical when someone you don’t know sends you a text message you didn’t expect and it tells you to click on a link. Maybe that little voice in your head starts talking to you. I know mine does. It says, “Hmm, this could be a scam. Maybe someone wants to steal my personal information. Or get me to pay for something.” I guess that's why scammers come up with new stories all the time, like a FedEx package tracking scam we're hearing about. Here's how it works.

How is the Funeral Rule working for you?

The FTC is reviewing the Funeral Rule to learn how it affects people who shop for funeral goods and services – and how it affects funeral providers, including small businesses. As part of the review, the FTC wants people to send comments to the public record until April 14, 2020.

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Money & Credit

Fraud alerts & credit freezes: What’s the difference?

Looking for ways to protect your identity? Two to options to consider are fraud alerts and credit freezes. But what’s the difference?

Be wary of big money investment training claims

If you’ve ever fantasized about never having to worry about money again, you’re not alone. There are companies peddling investment strategies to, they say, make your dreams come true. But before you spend big money for a chance at wealth, read on.

It’s not true love if they ask for money

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Lots of us have profiles on online dating sites, apps or social media to find “the one.” But that interesting person who just messaged you could be a sweet-talking romance scammer trying to trick you into sending money.

Bogus advertisement offers target small businesses

Lots of small businesses need to advertise locally. So, if someone told your business that it could advertise through well-known local firms or organizations, that might interest you. But unfortunately, sometimes the results are not as promised.

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Jobs & Making Money

Coronavirus: Scammers follow the headlines

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay.

FTC: The bottom-line on fake checks scams

If someone you don’t know sends you a check and asks for money back, that’s a scam. Over the last several years, the number of fake check scams reported to the FTC has steadily increased, and so have the dollars lost.

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Jobs & Making Money

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