Have you seen ads promising easy money if you shrink-wrap your car — with ads for brands like Monster Energy, Red Bull, or Pepsi? The “company” behind the ads says all you have to do is deposit a check, use part of it to pay a specified shrink-wrap vendor, and drive around like you normally would.
But don’t jump onto the bandwagon. It’s only easy money for the scammer who placed the ads.
Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” is an old adage. While there’s no shame in being the victim of a scam, nobody wants to be a victim twice. That’s why the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is warning consumers about a government imposter scam that targets people who’ve already been victims of fraud.
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.
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.
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.
Consumer Education Specialist, Federal Trade Commission
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.
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.
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.