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December 14, 2020
Blog Post
When it comes to unwanted calls, there are a few universal truths. First, you can’t trust caller ID. Second, nobody likes a robocall. And third, it’s all about call blocking. If you watch The Mandalorian, here’s where you say, “This is the Way.” (If you don’t watch it, this just means: call blocking…it’s good.)
December 8, 2020
Article
If someone tells you to pay to find a job, that’s a scam. Here are tips to protect you.
December 8, 2020
Blog Post
Reports about the release of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year are promising, but plans for distribution are still being worked out. Here’s what we know right now.
December 7, 2020
Blog Post
On this 2nd day of Consumer Protection, it’s all about online shopping. Because that’s what we can do this year, right? (OK, it’s a lot of what we do any year.)
December 3, 2020
Article
Spot and avoid real estate investment seminar scams, investment coaching scams, and precious metals and coins investment scams.
December 3, 2020
Article
Learn about scams disguised as legitimate business offers, coaching programs, and investment opportunities and how to avoid them.
December 3, 2020
Blog Post
Scammers are calling people and using the names of two companies everyone knows, Apple and Amazon, to rip people off. Here’s what you need to know about these calls.
November 9, 2020
Article
Recognizing these common signs of a scam could help you avoid falling for one.
November 5, 2020
Blog Post
Scammers follow the headlines. They take advantage of what’s happening in the news to find new ways to get people to part with their money. During the COVID pandemic, cleaning supplies have been in high demand, but often in short supply. Scammers see that as opportunity knocking.
October 23, 2020
Blog Post
There are thousands of trials underway as companies race to find effective vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. Many of these research studies are legitimate, but some are not. So, if you’re thinking about volunteering for a COVID-19 trial, it’s important to know how to spot the real trials advancing medicine for everyone, versus the fake ones trying to steal your money and personal information.
October 23, 2020
Blog Post
You get a robocall saying you paid too much on a utility bill. To make up for this mistake, they say, you’ll get a cash refund and a discount on your future bills. All you have to do is press a number to get your money and discount. You say to yourself: “What luck!” You might think this strange surprise will help you save some much-needed money. Sorry but…not so fast. This is probably just another utility scam — or, at best, a marketing trick — to get your money.
October 21, 2020
Blog Post
Imposter scams often begin with a call, text message, or email. The scams may vary, but work the same way – a scammer pretends to be someone you trust to convince you to send them money or share personal information. Scammers may ask you to transfer money from you bank, wire money using a company like Western Union or MoneyGram, put money on a gift card, or send cryptocurrency, because they know these types of payments can be hard to reverse.
October 19, 2020
Blog Post
Two disturbing phone scams have popped up on the FTC’s radar. Both scams have one thing in common: they want to trick (and scare) you out of money. If you live on Staten Island, pay close attention, since these two scams seem to be targeting people in your area. But we know that scammers don’t often stick with one area, so they could expand their target area any time now.
October 16, 2020
Video
This video shows you how to report scams, fraud, and bad business practices to the Federal Trade Commission at https://ReportFraud.ftc.gov and why it’s important to do it.
October 15, 2020
Article
Find out what to do if you paid someone you think is a scammer, gave them some personal information, or if they have access to your phone or computer.
October 7, 2020
Blog Post
If you don’t usually file a tax return, or didn’t file a return for 2018 or 2019, you might not know you could qualify for an economic impact payment. You might be one of the nine million people getting a letter from the IRS letting you know how to register on their website to claim your payment. The new deadline for filing is November 21, 2020..
October 1, 2020
Blog Post
If you saw an email from FTC Chairman Joseph Simons, it wasn’t. From him, that is. Scammers pretending to be him are emailing, though. They’re trying to trick you into turning over personal information, like your birth date and home address, which could help them scam you. So: if you get an email from the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission about getting money because of an inheritance or relief funds related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic — or anything else — do not respond. Do not give out your personal information. But do hit “delete.”
October 1, 2020
Article
These tips can help you hang up on a phone scammer and hold onto your money.

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