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Bogus advertisement offers target small businesses

Lots of small businesses need to advertise locally. So, if someone told your business that it could advertise through well-known local firms or organizations, that might interest you. But unfortunately, sometimes the results are not as promised.

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Jobs & Making Money

Coronavirus: Scammers follow the headlines

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay.

FTC: The bottom-line on fake checks scams

If someone you don’t know sends you a check and asks for money back, that’s a scam. Over the last several years, the number of fake check scams reported to the FTC has steadily increased, and so have the dollars lost.

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Jobs & Making Money

FTC videos: Rated “P” for People

Videos from the Federal Trade Commission offer practical, useful, and memorable messages that can save you money, time, and aggravation. And they’re free. And now, for your viewing pleasure... a selection of the FTC’s top releases.

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Money & Credit

FTC reaches settlement with anti-aging pill seller

If you remember nothing else from this blog post, remember this: sellers that peddle cures must have scientific proof to back up their claims. The FTC takes action when they don’t.

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Health & Fitness

Making mobile payments? Protect yourself from scams.

Using mobile payment apps like CashApp, Venmo, or Zelle can be a convenient way to get quick cash to your family and friends. But remember the first rule of sending money, whether you’re using an app or money wiring service: Be sure you know who’s on the receiving end. Otherwise, you might lose the money you sent — and then some.

LendEDU deceptively promoted financial products

Online comparison sites can be great ways to check out products you want to try or buy. But are those reviews and rankings objective, accurate, and unbiased? It’s a question to always ask, and here’s why: Some online product reviews and rankings might be influenced by advertiser payments.

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Money & Credit

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week starts today

Ready for tax season? If you’re not ready for tax identity thieves and IRS imposters, you might not be. But breathe easy. Today is the start of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, and we’ve got lots of easy ways to learn how to recognize scams and help protect yourself from fraud.

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is coming

‘Tis the season when the tidings come in envelopes stamped “Important Tax Return Document Enclosed.” Yes, it’s tax filing season, and the season’s Grinches are the tax identity thieves and government imposters who are hoping to steal your money. Find out how to stop them during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, February 3-7.

The top frauds of 2019

Each year, the FTC takes a hard look at the number of reports people make to our Consumer Sentinel Network. In fact, during 2019, we got more than 3.2 million reports to the FTC from you. We’ve read what you’ve said, and crunched the numbers. Here’s what you told us in 2019.

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