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Checks from the government

As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.

Look before they ship

You’ve spotted a gotta-have-it item online. You’ve looked into the price, product details, and return information. Ready to click the BUY button? Not so fast. If you don’t pay careful attention to a company’s shipping policies, you could miss the boat. That’s a money-saving tip for all consumers, but especially if you live in Alaska, Hawaii, or a U.S. Territory – Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the North Mariana Islands – or send packages to those locations.

$153 million in Western Union refunds

Refund checks worth about $153 million are going out to over 109,000 people who sent money to scammers through Western Union wire transfers. The first refunds are going to people who signed and returned a pre-filled claim form and agreed with the dollar amount stated on the form.

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Money & Credit

FTC & FDA: Warnings sent to sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments

Last month, we cautioned you to be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Today, we have an update.

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Health & Fitness

Credit repair firm settles with FTC

Your credit score affects whether you can get a loan — and how much you’ll have to pay to borrow money. People with low credit scores often have to pay more. So when a company says they’ll help you pay your way to a higher credit score, you might be tempted to listen. But don’t waste your hard-earned money: effective credit repair takes time and effort.

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Money & Credit

FTC: Detox tea claims are hard to swallow

Looking to improve your health or lose a few pounds? Maybe detox teas promoted by celebrities on social media have caught your eye. Before you pay up and down a cup, listen to what the FTC has to say about one purveyor of such potions.

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Health & Fitness

The FTC goes after several top affiliates of MOBE

Who doesn’t want to earn easy, fast money online, and make six figures a year? That’s what an online business coaching and investment opportunity called “My Online Business Education”, or MOBE, promised. Finding the company behind it didn’t deliver on their claims, the FTC shut them down in 2018. Even with the company shuttered, FTC then went after Affiliates who had promoted MOBE.

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Jobs & Making Money

FTC settles pain relief device case for $4 million

If you live with chronic and severe pain, over-the-counter devices that promise powerful, drug-free relief can be tempting, even if they’re costly. But, before you invest in products that promise life-changing results, read about the FTC’s $4 million settlement with the marketers of a device known as Quell.

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Health & Fitness

What's a money mule scam?

Scammers may try to use you to move stolen money. If you help them, you could be what law enforcement calls a money mule.

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Jobs & Making Money

Fake offers for secret shopper jobs

Did you get an offer to be a secret shopper for a well-known company? It might come as text, email, or letter inviting you to work on a ‘research project starting soon in your area.’ Those offers are fake check scams.

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Jobs & Making Money

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