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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

The IRS doesn’t want your iTunes cards

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.

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Money & Credit

Gear up for a great trip

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.

 

  

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Money & Credit

Spreading the word on “Medicare” scams

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.

$10 billion for consumers over VW’s false clean car claims

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.

 a buyback of your car or early lease termination or if approved by EPA and CARB, a modification to your car to improve emissions and cash. Some former owners and lessees also are eligible to receive cash.

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Money & Credit

New limits on telemarketers

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.

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Money & Credit

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