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National Consumer Protection Week is March 4 – 10, 2018

I know most of us are in the midst of holiday planning, parties and gift wrapping – but don’t forget to mark your calendar for National Consumer Protection Week 2018!

Get rid of unwanted apps

Using your social media account to log into an app or website can be easier than creating a new user name and password. But, after a while, you can collect more apps and become registered on more websites than you really use. This can leave you open to cyberattacks, phishing, and scams.

U.S. Marshals won’t call you about jury duty

United States Marshals protect the federal courts, track down dangerous fugitives, and transport thousands of prisoners. They don’t make calls and threaten to arrest people or fine them for missing jury duty.

Looking to buy a car? Four things to keep in mind

Buying a car can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider, including your budget, your needs and preferences, and the inventory available at the time. And you see car ads when searching online, when watching TV, while reading the newspaper or listening to the radio. So how do you know those offers are the real deal?

Here are four things to keep in mind when you’re considering an offer in a car ad:

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Money & Credit

Protecting you through international cooperation

It’s a reality of the times we live in—scammers can target people a mile, an ocean, or even several continents away. These kinds of cross-border scams are on the rise, and working with other countries to help protect you is more important than ever.

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Money & Credit

Some dietary supplement claims are hard to swallow

Yay me! (I think.) I now belong to a new demographic group… women of a certain age. And let me tell you, the marketers know it. I’ve been getting ads and promotional mailings touting the benefits of all sorts of pills, potions and lotions. Some promote the wonders of certain dietary supplements for whatever ails you, from obesity and arthritis to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

While some supplements have proven benefits, others don't. Unlike drugs, dietary supplements aren't evaluated or reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety and effectiveness. Even "natural" supplements can be risky depending on the medicines you take or the medical conditions you have.

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Health & Fitness

Can you trust that ad for a dietary supplement?

Lately, my left knee has been cracking, popping, and locking into place. At some point in our lives, most of us will suffer from aches and pains like these. We might think about taking a health or dietary supplement to help whatever is bothering us.

 

Although some supplements found in pills, powders, and shakes have proven benefits, some don’t. If you’re looking online and you see a site that claims a supplement will cure a disease, stop the aging process, or lose weight fast, be skeptical.

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Health & Fitness

Know what lies beneath product promises and offers

Searching online for products to enhance your looks or health will yield tons of results — especially ads. As you look through those results, pay close attention to the product claims and sales offers. Some marketers mislead people about what their product does, who uses it, and how much it’ll cost you.

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Money & Credit

Holiday shopping tips from the FTC

Calling all shoppers: The holidays are just around the corner. And whether you like to meander through the mall or search for deals online, the FTC has a gift for you — shopping tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information.

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Money & Credit

FTC halts abusive debt collection operation

You have the right to be treated fairly by debt collectors. Under federal law, they can’t use abusive, deceptive or unfair practices to collect from you. But not all debt collectors play by the rules.

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Money & Credit

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