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FTC sues NetSpend over access to funds

Many people who don’t have bank accounts rely on prepaid debit cards, which you buy and add money to so you can make purchases and pay bills. But the FTC says thousands of NetSpend prepaid debit card holders had trouble getting access to cash they loaded onto the cards, or to direct deposits from their paychecks or government benefits.

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Money & Credit

How to defend against ransomware

Last month, the FTC hosted a workshop on ransomware, one of the most serious online threats facing people and businesses today — and the most profitable form of malware criminals use. How does ransomware work? Hackers hold your files “hostage”— often encrypting them — then demand payment, typically in bitcoins, for you to get them back.

Missed the workshop? Check out our videos featuring conversations with security researchers, technologists, law enforcers, and business leaders. Want some bite-sized takeaways? Here are some tips to protect your devices from ransomware, and what to do if you’re a victim.

Do population changes mean changes in fraud?

The U.S. population is getting older and more diverse.  Who are the consumers of the future? How will scammers try to trick them?  On December 6, 2016, consumer groups, advocates, researchers, marketers, and government agencies will gather to explore the demographic changes expected in different communities, and discuss the impact of these changes in the marketplace.  

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Money & Credit

Finding Midwestern Common Ground

Last week, more than 140 people came together across two days in Madison, Wisconsin, to talk about how fraud is affecting their communities – and what we can do together to stop it.

Midwest Common Ground Conference - Madison

FTC helps teach teachers about financial literacy

The FTC offers free materials to help people understand money issues. So when teachers from across the country meet annually to improve their own financial literacy, and increase their ability to teach personal finance in school, we’re ready to help.

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Money & Credit

FTC sues phone scammers who promised free money

The FTC says that Phoenix-based telemarketers bilked consumers out of millions with fake promises of free grant money and internet business opportunities.

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Jobs & Making Money

The FTC fights international scams

If you have a phone, you’ve probably heard from an IRS imposter — someone claiming you owe thousands of dollars and better pay up immediately, or else terrible things will happen. In the last nine months, more than 111,000 of you reported calls like that to the FTC, and dozens wrote blog comments about callers with South Asian accents posing as IRS agents.

Telemarketer talking to worried consumer

FTC examines crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is the use of online platforms to fund a project or cause by raising money from a large number of people. As part of its FinTech series, the FTC will take a closer look at crowdfunding during a half-day forum on October 26.

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Jobs & Making Money

VW buybacks and lease terminations to begin

Earlier this year, the FTC sued Volkswagen for falsely claiming that its diesel cars had low levels of harmful emissions. A federal judge has approved the FTC order that requires Volkswagen to provide up to $10 billion to owners and lessees of VW and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars. The FTC has pointers for people who own or lease a 2009 to 2015 VW TDI Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat or Audi TDI A3.

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Money & Credit

Kids turning 16? Check their credit report.

Any parent or guardian of a child knows the milestones that come with turning 16 – learning to drive, maybe dating, or thinking about college. But now, there’s one more: checking their credit report.

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Money & Credit

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