Consumer Information Blog

Fake Government Grants — Real Refunds

Nearly 23,000 people who lost money to scammers promising they could help them get free government grants will be getting $1.7 million in refunds, thanks to the efforts of the FTC.

Here’s what you need to know to avoid a similar scam...

money wrapped up in a red bow made to look like a gift

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Jobs & Making Money

FTC to Webcast Mobile Cramming Roundtable

FTC staff are ready to host the one-day roundtable on mobile cramming tomorrow, May 8, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Discussing Seniors and Identity Theft

If you’re an older person, know someone who is, care about identity theft, or some combination of those three, tomorrow could be an interesting day. If you’re close to D.C. — or even if you’re just close to a computer — you can tune in to the FTC’s forum, “Senior Identity Theft: A Problem in this Day and Age.” It’s happening on Tuesday, May 7, 9:00-4:30, live in person and via webcast.

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Privacy & Identity

Buying the Best Gift Card for Mom…and You

As Mother’s Day approaches, you’re probably wondering what to get the mom who may have everything. More than likely, gift cards have crossed your mind as the perfect solution.

FTC’s Mobile Cramming Roundtable Agenda

On May 8th, consumer advocates, government officials, and industry representatives will meet for a roundtable discussion on mobile cramming hosted by the FTC.

Privacy Awareness Week

April 28 through May 4 is Privacy Awareness Week, and to mark the occasion, the FTC and other members of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) are teaming up to talk about why privacy matters — and what you can do about it — in today’s digital world.

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Privacy & Identity

Reducing Robocalls: Practical Tips & Tricks

You don’t have to tell us twice, we know robocalls are annoying. Our Robocall Challenge generated advice we wanted to share, from consumers who say they’re using certain tricks to stop these harassing calls now.

FTC Robocall Challenge: Consumer Tips & Tricks

 

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Privacy & Identity

FTC Seeks Your Input for Mobile Cramming Roundtable May 8th

On May 8th, FTC staff are conducting a mobile cramming roundtable among consumer advocates, industry leaders and government regulators. The roundtable is part of an ongoing effort by the FTC to address how to protect consumers against the growing problem of mobile cramming.

We Kindly Request the Pleasure of Your Company

Is there an older person in your life who’s worried about identity theft? Or perhaps you’re the one who’s worried about what’s happening with their identity? Either way, we hope you’ll join us at our upcoming forum, “Senior Identity Theft: A Problem in this Day and Age,” Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 9:00 - 4:30. You can come in person or join via webcast – all the details and the agenda are here.

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Privacy & Identity

Fraud Affects 25 Million People: Recognize Anyone You Know?

The FTC is always working to know more about the types of fraud being committed and who spends money on them. Consumers provide us with useful information through periodic surveys that ask them to share the important details about their recent marketplace experiences and a bit about themselves.

Fraud Survey Report Cover

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