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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

Welcome to NCPW 2020

Welcome to National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) 2020. Today kicks off the 23rd year of one of the FTC’s biggest annual events. Whether you’re new to NCPW or a longtime participant, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to celebrate the local, state and federal consumer protection work being done year-round across the country.

Join us for NCPW 2020 on March 1-7!

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is coming up next week, and we’d love for you to join us. NCPW is a time when the FTC joins with local, state and national partners to bring you information and advice on scams, identity theft, and other consumer protection issues.
Here’s a preview of some events you can join:

FTC refunds $34 million to Office Depot customers

The FTC is sending refund checks to more than 541,000 people who paid for repairs and technical services when they took their computers to Office Depot or Office Max stores for a free “PC Health Check.”

Is that text message about your FedEx package really a scam?

You may be skeptical when someone you don’t know sends you a text message you didn’t expect and it tells you to click on a link. Maybe that little voice in your head starts talking to you. I know mine does. It says, “Hmm, this could be a scam. Maybe someone wants to steal my personal information. Or get me to pay for something.” I guess that's why scammers come up with new stories all the time, like a FedEx package tracking scam we're hearing about. Here's how it works.

How is the Funeral Rule working for you?

The FTC is reviewing the Funeral Rule to learn how it affects people who shop for funeral goods and services – and how it affects funeral providers, including small businesses. As part of the review, the FTC wants people to send comments to the public record until April 14, 2020.

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Money & Credit

Fraud alerts & credit freezes: What’s the difference?

Looking for ways to protect your identity? Two to options to consider are fraud alerts and credit freezes. But what’s the difference?

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