If anyone tells you to buy iTunes cards to pay the IRS, qualify for a grant, get a loan or bail out a family member, say “No.” They’re trying to scam you. The only place to use an iTunes card is at the iTunes store, to buy online music, apps or books.
So, who’s ready for a summer break? Maybe you’re planning to frolic by the seashore, chill out in the mountains, or take in the sights and sounds of the big city. Just remember -- scammers don’t take a vacation. But the FTC can help you spot some common pitfalls so you don’t get tripped up by your travel plans.
Associate Director, Division of Marketing Practices, FTC
Some scams target all of us. IRS imposters, scammers offering to lower your credit card payments, and fake debt collectors blast out billions of robocalls, seemingly at random.
But, sometimes, scammers focus their pitch on a particular audience. They figure out what might make it seem like the message is really aimed at you. And scammers can be very persistent and very convincing.
Associate Director, Consumer & Business Education, FTC
Under a partial settlement filed today by the FTC, Volkswagen is agreeing to provide up to $10 billion to owners and lessees of VW and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars that it claimed had low levels of harmful emissions, but did not. It’s the largest false advertising case in FTC history. Approximately 475,000 cars are affected.
Fraudulent telemarketers ask people to pay with systems — like cash-to-cash transfers or cash reload card PINs — that deliver a quick, anonymous cash payout. However, it’s now illegal for telemarketers to ask for payment by cash-to-cash money transfers — like those from MoneyGram and Western Union, or PINs from cash reload cards like MoneyPak and Vanilla Reload.
What’s worse than losing money to a scammer? Losing more money to another scammer claiming to help you recover from the first one.
Yep; this really happens. It works like this: Con artists contact you because you’re on their lists of people who lost money to scams. For a “small fee” or “donation” upfront, they promise to recover the money you lost from a prize scheme, bogus product offer, or some other scam.
Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education
Wondering why you keep getting online ads targeted to you? Then, check out the FTC’s updated guidance on online tracking. It describes different methods of tracking, how they work, and how you can control them.
Hundreds of thousands of people who bought Kevin Trudeau’s book “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About” after watching his deceptive infomercials will get money back, thanks to the FTC.
Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC
When you adjust the settings on your mobile device to keep your location private, you expect your location will be private. Right? Maybe not. An FTC case announced today alleges a mobile advertising company secretly tracked people through their devices, regardless of their privacy settings.