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Month of the Military Consumer

Servicemembers and their families make many sacrifices to keep the rest of us safe.  They face unique challenges, including the stresses of deployment and frequent moves.  Unfortunately, scammers see those sacrifices as an opportunity to create confusion and drum up endless varieties of trickery to separate military personnel from their money.

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Money & Credit

Online shopping: Tips to keep close to your wallet

Online shopping makes it easy and convenient to search for — and buy — the must-have items on your wish list. Before you buy, check out these tips on avoiding hassles, getting the right product at the right price, and protecting your financial information.

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Money & Credit

Webinar: Helping Reentrants be Informed Consumers

Do you work or volunteer with people who are restarting their lives after being incarcerated? Then you’ve probably seen first-hand how important it is that people reenter society with skills to help them make good financial decisions. Effective reentry strategies reduce crime and enhance individual and community well-being. The FTC has free materials to help people reentering society understand background checks, manage money, spot and avoid scams, avoid identity theft, and make good buying decisions.

Join our webinar to learn how our resources can support reentry, parole and corrections programs – and share your ideas about the kinds of information this community needs. All FTC resources are free and have no copyright restrictions, and we’ll ship you as many as you need for your program. For free.

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Money & Credit

Multi-level marketing: Questions to ask

Each year, many people join multi-level marketing plans – and many also leave. Because your time and money are valuable, it pays to do some research in advance. If you’re thinking about joining any multi-level marketing company, here are a few things to consider:

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Jobs & Making Money

A Restructured Herbalife

When the FTC settles with – or sues – a company, we’re often trying to stop illegal behavior, return lost money to people as often as we can, and generally make unfair things fair and deceptive things true. Today’s historic settlement with Herbalife goes one better:

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Jobs & Making Money

Homework for the “smart” home

Smart technology makes it possible to connect devices — from pet feeders to home surveillance systems — to the Internet and control them from nearly anywhere. The technology is evolving rapidly, promising even greater convenience, security, and comfort in the future.

But the pace at which the technology is changing also poses possible pitfalls.

Twitter chats for the military community

July is Month of the Military Consumer – and FTC’s @MilConsumer is hosting a series of Twitter chats for servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

FTC halts Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor deceptive video game reviews

Not long ago, we told you about a company that settled charges that it deceived gamers by failing to disclose that YouTube “influencers” were paid for their favorable reviews about the new Xbox One console. Now the publisher of a popular video game has agreed to settle charges that it engaged in similar deceptive behavior.

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Money & Credit

Looking to buy a car? Watch these 4 videos first

Before you head to a car dealer, take a few minutes to watch four new 60-second videos from the FTC: Spotting Deceptive Car Ads, Buying a Used Car, Financing a Car, and Understanding Car Add-ons. You’ll get quick, important tips for each stage of the car-buying process.

Image of a mechanic checking a car's engine with a flashlight as a smiling car-buying couple watch.

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Money & Credit

Shutting down scammers and their pop-up ads

Ever wonder how you spot a tech support scam? Ads that pop up on your computer with messages like ‘SECURITY ALERT’ or ‘Urgent Notice: your data may be at risk’ – those are signs of a scam.

woman on phone talking to a scammer

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Online Security

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