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April 5, 2019
Video
Learn how to avoid business coaching scams that target your small business.
April 5, 2019
Video
Learn how office supplies scams happen and how your small business can avoid them. 
March 29, 2019
Blog Post
Not another robocall! We’ve all felt that way. Wondering what to do about robocalls? Check out this new video:
March 28, 2019
Blog Post
Last year, the FTC and state charity regulators joined in Operation Donate with Honor to stop sham veterans charities from lying to donors. Today the FTC is announcing that it shut down two more operations that collected donations with false promises of helping veterans and military service members.
March 22, 2019
Blog Post
You’ve probably gotten one of these calls: They say it’s the IRS and they’re filing a lawsuit against you for back taxes. They may threaten to arrest or deport you. What do you do? Watch this video to learn more:
March 15, 2019
Blog Post
Still getting calls from people claiming to be from Medicare, asking for money or personal information? Watch this video about how you can protect yourself from Medicare scams:
March 14, 2019
Video
Learn how to spot scams against your small business. And talk to your colleagues about it, too. Scammers target small businesses with fake check scams, utility scams, and other scams, but knowing how these scams work can help you avoid them—and protect your business. Learn more at www.ftc.gov/smallbusiness.
March 12, 2019
Article
This infographic explains how tech support scammers contact you and what you can do to avoid a tech support scam.
March 7, 2019
Blog Post
If you need tech help with your computer, where do you go? Most of us probably search online. But your online search can lead you straight to scammers who scare you into thinking your computer is in dire need of repair…and then sell you costly security software that you don’t need.
March 7, 2019
Blog Post
We read you loud and clear! Last year, the FTC got nearly 143,000 reports about tech support scams. We’ve been warning people about this type of scam for years. But one piece of information in the FTC’s newest Consumer Protection Data Spotlight was an eye-opener. People 60 and over were about five times more likely than younger people to tell us they lost money on this scam, even though they were less likely than younger people to say they lost money to many other types of scams.
March 6, 2019
Blog Post
Probably not. At least, not from the real SSA. But how many of you have gotten calls from someone who said they were the Social Security Administration? And maybe showed the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) or a number close to it on your caller ID? Lots, right?
March 6, 2019
Video
The first-person story about a retired business consultant’s tech support scam experience, what he did about it.
March 6, 2019
Blog Post
Phishing is when someone uses fake emails or texts – even phone calls – to get you to share valuable personal information, like account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use this information to steal your money, your identity, or both. The FTC’s new infographic, developed with the American Bankers Association Foundation, offers tips to help you recognize the bait, avoid the hook, and report phishing scams.
February 25, 2019
Blog Post
Online searching makes it easier to connect with companies offering job opportunities. But you can just as easily connect with scammers who seem to be offering legitimate jobs—including executive positions. But after taking your money, it turns out they offer nothing but empty promises.
February 25, 2019
Blog Post
We try to let you know when we learn about new scams, so you can avoid them and warn your friends and family. Here’s another one: scammers pretending to be from the federal government are scaring international students into paying them money. We’ve been getting reports that foreign students, particularly from South Asian countries, are getting phone calls that look like they’re from the government.
February 15, 2019
Article
Tech support scammers want you to pay them to fix a non-existent computer problem. Learn how to avoid and report tech support scams.
February 12, 2019
Blog Post
It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. You may think you spend a lot on flowers or chocolate, but losing money in a romance scam would cost you even more. Last year, people reported losing $143 million to romance scams – a higher total than for any other type of scam reported to the FTC. And, according to a new FTC Data Spotlight, reports of romance scams are on the rise.
December 27, 2018
Blog Post
Earlier this month, we told you about a growing scam: people pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. That scam is now growing exponentially. To compare: in 2017, we heard from 3,200 people about SSA imposter scams, and those people reported losing nearly $210,000. So far THIS year: more than 35,000 people have reported the scam, and they tell us they’ve lost $10 million. Here’s what one of those scam calls sound like:

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