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September 12, 2013
Blog Post
As part of its ongoing effort to end illegal robocalls, the FTC announced settlements with two more unscrupulous companies that made prerecorded calls to trick consumers into paying for deceptive credit card interest rate reduction plans.
August 12, 2013
Article
Be skeptical of people promising immediate clean-up and debris removal after a weather emergency. Tips to protect yourself, your property, and your money.
July 29, 2013
Blog Post
TXT MSG: U won a FREE gift card!! Go 2 TXMSGSPAM, enter code $$$ to claim card within 24 hrs. RU getting the MSG? Recently, the FTC moved to shut down a network of scammers who sent spam texts that promised  “free” gifts, prizes, electronics, or gift cards. The catch? Clicking on the links in the texts sent recipients on a wild goose chase: a confusing and elaborate process that required them to pay for subscription services, apply for credit, or enter sensitive personal information – including their phone numbers. There were no free gifts or gift cards, but there were plenty of follow-up illegal robocalls. 
July 11, 2013
Blog Post
Apartment hunting for the perfect place to live? As you scan rental ads in newspapers, or on websites or listservs, remember that some ads may not be legit.
July 9, 2013
Video
This video describes the FTC Robocall Challenge and introduces one of the winners.
June 26, 2013
Blog Post
Do you trust people more if they’re like you, or a part of your community? Scammers bet that you do. Every day, they take advantage of that unconscious trust.It’s called “affinity fraud” — when someone in a group uses their membership in that group to scam another member. Think religious, ethnic, or professional groups. Might you be willing to hear more about a deal if a member of your church asks you to? Or take advice from someone who speaks your same language? Through the FTC’s Legal Services Collaboration, we’ve heard of cases just like that.
April 10, 2013
Video
This video shows some common money wiring scams, and what happens to some people who meet the scams.
March 29, 2013
Video
FTC attorney Kati Daffan shares five strategies for fighting illegal robocalls in this video produced by the GSA.
March 7, 2013
Blog Post
We’ve heard reports that a variation on an old scam is making the rounds. It sounds like this: <Ring, ring> Unsuspecting person who answers the phone:  Hello? Scammer who is calling:  Ma’am, I’m calling from the government. We’re about to send out national medical cards for the new Affordable Care Act. You’re one of the lucky people to get yours first...
January 11, 2013
Blog Post
Immigration can be a complicated process. It’s reasonable to want help navigating it. And it’s vital to find qualified help. But it’s equally important to be careful about who helps you. Friends and relatives may offer advice, or a business owner or notario may promise good results for a low fee. Here at the Federal Trade Commission, we hear from people who have gotten bad advice from trusted friends and relatives or who have lost their money to unscrupulous notarios. In the worst cases, they’ve lost their chance to immigrate.
November 29, 2012
Video
Here’s why you don’t want to pay fees to a business that promises to lower your monthly car payment or  help stop a repossession.
September 21, 2012
Video
Knowing the rules of the U.S. Diversity Lottery can help you avoid a scam.
September 7, 2012
Video
An expert explains the inner workings of business opportunity telemarketing scams.
September 7, 2012
Video
Illegal robocalls are the rise and the FTC is working to solve the problem.
September 6, 2012
Video
Report scams to the FTC online or by phone.
September 6, 2012
Video
Recognize and report scammers who falsely promise help with immigration.
April 1, 2012
Article
Should you trust companies that promise to negotiate lower payments for your car loan if you pay them a fee in advance?
May 1, 2009
Article
How to donate to legitimate charities that support servicemembers and their families.

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