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How to spot a car wrap scam

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.

SEC imposters - don’t be twice fooled

“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.

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Money & Credit

Looking to block unwanted calls?

Are you signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry, but still getting unwanted sales calls?

If a company is ignoring the Registry, there’s a good chance it’s a scam. Report calls like this to the FTC. But that’s not all you can do. Here are some other options for limiting unwanted calls:

5 tips to say “I do” to online security

Guest lists. Budget. In-laws. Fitting into your dress. And spreadsheets. If you’re a bride or groom, you’ve probably got a lot on your mind — and on your to-do list — before saying “I do.”

You’ve got several accounts to help organize your wedding planning, right? How do you protect these accounts and your personal information — as well as your guests’ — from hackers and thieves?

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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.

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Money & Credit

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

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