Consumer Information Blog

Get the Facts before Buying a Business Opportunity

Scammers pushing empty promises of wealth from business opportunities never cease to be creative. They come up with ideas that sound so detailed and timely that the deal has to be legit…at least, that's what they want you to think.

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Jobs & Making Money

Risk-free? Not so much.

What do bogus government grants, business opportunities, and free trial offers have in common? According to the FTC, they were all part of an elaborate scheme that cost consumers more than $275 million dollars. 

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Can’t Fully Pay? Put it on Layaway

Eyeballing that chic dress in the store window, but don’t have enough cash on hand to buy it? Maybe you need that new set of tools, but your checking account is hovering around its minimum? If the store you’re buying from offers a layaway plan, you might consider using it when you don’t have all the money you need to pay for something you’d like to buy.

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Money & Credit

Additive Adjustment

Use less gas. Save money. Help the environment. Just by adding a little pill to your fuel tank? Not likely.

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Money & Credit

Preventing Fraud Against Our Forces

The FTC’s mission is to protect consumers. And one group of consumers who can face specific kinds of challenges? Our military community. For many young servicemembers, time in the service is their first full-time job. Military families may move around regularly as they change duty stations.

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Money & Credit

Double Take

Scammers use a number of clever schemes to trick people into sending them money: they might promise a job, a loan, a scholarship, or a prize. They might even promise to recover money lost to a previous scam.

Tripping: Free Travel Offers to Anywhere Could Take You Nowhere Fast

The letter you opened sounds like you’ve lucked out in a big way. It’s an offer for free plane tickets to practically anyplace you want to go. The company — whose name appears to be that of a well-known airline — urges you to act quickly, or you might miss this “last chance.” They even sent a “voucher” for the tickets.

Seems like all you have to do is call the toll-free number on the letter and you’ll soon be flying off to your desired destination. The offer has a deadline, though, so you’d better call now, right?

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Money & Credit

The “Internet of Things”

The FTC is gearing up for its “Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World” workshop on November 19, 2013. The goal is to explore issues of consumer privacy and security when it comes to the connectivity of everyday devices. Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, is the keynoter;

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Privacy & Identity

Getting Your Money Back After a Tech Support Scam

If you’ve ever had a virus on your computer, you know what a nightmare it can be — a slow computer that crashes unexpectedly, your contact lists getting messages that you didn’t send, your online accounts vulnerable to hacking.

Perhaps just as frustrating as a virus infecting your computer? Paying someone to get rid of a virus that isn’t there.

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Privacy & Identity

How to Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has left many people asking how they can help. If you’re looking for a way to give, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, urges you to do some research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised — and as you intend.

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Money & Credit

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