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Most Recent Scam Alerts

May 4, 2021
Article
Scammers pressure you to wire money to them because it’s easy to take your money and disappear.
May 4, 2021
Article
Caregiver websites can help you find jobs. But scammers also use them to find people to rip off.
May 3, 2021
Article
What to consider when shopping for a competent and reliable contractor for your project.
May 3, 2021
Article
Offers steps for finding a reputable company, avoiding high-pressure sales and scams, and how to cancel a deal.
April 21, 2021
Article
Know what makes cryptocurrency different from cash and other payment methods, spot crypto scams or detect compromised cryptocurrency accounts.
April 20, 2021
Blog Post
Scammers are doubling down on their efforts to scam people out of their money and personal information. That’s why the FTC and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) are teaming up to remind you: No matter what anyone tells you, you can’t buy COVID-19 vaccines online and there’s no out-of-pocket cost to get the shots. Here are some ways to avoid a vaccine-related scam.
April 13, 2021
Blog Post
When it comes to scammers, nothing is sacred — including the bond between grandparent and grandchild. Lately, grandparent scammers have gotten bolder: they might even come to your door to collect money, supposedly for your grandchild in distress.
April 13, 2021
Blog Post
Government imposters may have hit a new low with a scheme that targets the grieving survivors of people who died of COVID-19 by offering them help paying for their loved one’s funeral expenses.
April 6, 2021
Blog Post
COVID-19 has thrown the economy into a tailspin. As people have been laid off, furloughed, or are working fewer hours, bills can pile up. This week, for Financial Literacy Month, we’re looking at ways to manage — and today, it’s all about dealing with debt. Here are some ideas to start regaining your financial footing when you have more month than money.
March 24, 2021
Article
Find out how to avoid mystery shopper scams.
March 24, 2021
Blog Post
Scammers are using a new trick to steal your money and personal information: a bogus COVID vaccine survey.
March 23, 2021
Article
A talent scout says you've got a future in modeling. That's flattering — but sometimes it’s a scam.
March 17, 2021
Blog Post
Earlier this year, we told you that scammers were lying and saying the FTC is sending people Coronavirus relief money. Now we’re seeing a new version of the phishing email scam that looks like it’s from our Acting Chairwoman, Rebecca Slaughter. The Acting Chairwoman didn’t email you. Scammers who spoofed her email did.
March 16, 2021
Blog Post
At a time when many people left jobless by the pandemic are struggling to get by, scammers reportedly are using websites that mimic government unemployment insurance (UI) benefits websites. These sites trick people into thinking they’re applying for UI benefits, and they wind up giving the scammers their personal information.
March 12, 2021
Video
Scammers are following the headlines about economic impact payments.
March 5, 2021
Blog Post
During National Consumer Protection Week, we'd like your help to reach people who may be cut off from social networks, and would like a friendly call. While you're catching up, share our tips about spotting and avoiding prize and lottery scams.
March 5, 2021
Blog Post
Lots of people are having trouble sleeping, thanks to the pandemic and all the parts of our lives it’s affecting. And it doesn’t help when you get a call saying you owe the government money. Oh, and, they add, you’ll go to jail if you don’t pay up immediately. That’s a scam, and nothing to lose sleep over. For those who are a little more cut off from people than usual, these calls might feel more real and worrying than they are. If you know someone might be cut off from others right now, reach out to them to make sure they know these calls are scams.  
March 4, 2021
Blog Post
It’s day four of National Consumer Protection Week and we’ve been discussing ways we can look out for each other during the pandemic. Today’s topic – romance scams. Beyond the job losses and economic fallout of the pandemic, the loneliness and isolation brought on by our virtual lives has real consequences. This might explain why romance scams reached a record $304 million in losses reported to the FTC in 2020. That’s up about 50% from 2019.

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