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How to protect your personal information from identity thieves.
Report scams to the FTC online or by phone.
Tips for dealing with robocalls.
Reduce telemarketing calls by registering your phone number for free at DoNotCall.gov.
You can get a truly free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com.
Understand your rights when dealing with debt collectors.
Take a these steps to regain control after identity theft.
This video describes how consumers can evaluate online reviews and recommendations when shopping.
Help limit damage from identity theft with a few quick actions.
What you can to avoid, detect and get rid of viruses and spyware.
Be aware of the warning signs and hang up on phone fraud.
Many everyday activities allow businesses access to information about you.
If an ad claims a work-at-home business can make you rich quick, you’re probably looking at a scam
Don't pay for the promise for a job. Learn how to avoid job scams.
Want to lose weight? Don't believe ads promising quick and easy weight loss without any diet or exercise.
Don't wire money to someone you don't know.
Read the fine print — or free trials can wind up costing you.
If a telemarketer asks for money or account information to collect a "prize," hang up. It's a scam.
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.
Illegal robocalls are the rise and the FTC is working to solve the problem.
If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales message — hang up
If you need cash fast, you may have options besides expensive payday loans.
Don't be fooled — or robbed — by dishonest promises to save your home from foreclosure.
This video explains how ID theft can affect clients of legal services attorneys, social workers, and other advocates, and how to use Taking Charge and the Guide for Assisting Identity Theft Victims to resolve problems.
There is an unexpected visitor at someone's home.
This video shows what happens when one person gets a free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com and someone else gets a “free” credit score from a TV ad.
This video shows what happens when someone makes just the minimum payment on a credit card balance.
This video shows what happens when someone gets a payday loan but can’t pay it back right away.
AnnualCreditReport.com is the only authorized source to get your free credit report under federal law.
Con artists sometimes impersonate government officials to trick you into sending money.
Steps to take right away if your identity has been stolen.
Know your rights when employers check your background.
Business “opportunities” often don't live up to the hype. Take your time and ask questions before you consider an investment.
If you want to know how bright a light bulb is, look at its lumens.
Clues that someone may have stolen your identity.
Steps you can take to safeguard your child's personal information against identity theft.
Phishers are looking to lure you with bogus emails and pop-ups that seem safe. Will you take the bait or live to swim another day?
Practical tips to increase your gas mileage.
If you have to pay a fee in advance for a guaranteed loan or credit card — you’re dealing with a rip-off.
Young people learn the key concepts of advertising, competition and other consumer topics in a virtual mall setting.
Learn the signs of a business opportunity scam.
Don't believe ads that claim you can start an online business without much work or money.
Knowing the rules of the U.S. Diversity Lottery can help you avoid a scam.
Identify and avoid job and business opportunity scams.
A counterfeit check can take weeks to discover — and cost you a bundle.
Scammers may pretend to represent charities to take advantage of your generosity.
Answer questions about health products and information online.
Learn how to identify scams promising treatments for cancer.
This video shows some common money wiring scams, and what happens to some people who meet the scams.
Internet hoaxes spread when we share first and ask questions later.
Before you research travel offers, prepare yourself. Read these trip tips.
An online love interest who lures you from a dating site and asks for money is probably a scam artist.
Scammers may pretend to be your relatives or friends, urging you to wire money immediately to help them with an emergency.
FTC attorney Kati Daffan shares five strategies for fighting illegal robocalls in this video produced by the GSA.
Wiring money is like sending cash — once it’s gone, you can't get it back.
Here are some tips to make sure your charity contributions are put to good use.
Tips to help you save energy — and money — in your home.
If a company asks you to pay them for a guaranteed job placement, you're likely dealing with a scam.
Learn to tell the difference between a legitimate travel deal and a travel trick.
Use these computer security tips to help protect your computer and your personal information.
Recognize and report scammers who falsely promise help with immigration.
Having trouble paying your mortgage? Learn how to avoid foreclosure rescue scams and get real help.
This video shows what happens when someone learns the hard way why she should care about her identity.
There is an unexpected visitor at a store.
Can you spot spam scams?
This video shows what happens when someone gets a prepaid card without checking out the fees first.
Looking for a great product at a great price? These tips can help.
Protect your computer from spyware and viruses that can cause it to run slowly or give fraudsters access to your personal information.
Look out for fees hidden in "free" trial offers.
If you use public Wi-Fi networks, take these steps to protect your personal information.
Check your monthly statements for unexpected charges. This will help you avoid paying for things you didn't buy.
Identify ads and understand their messages
An expert explains the inner workings of business opportunity telemarketing scams.
Your identity's been stolen! Luckily, this time you just need to correctly answer some questions on protecting your identity to get it back.
When shopping for light bulbs, look at lumens instead of watts. The more lumens, the brighter the light.
Notarios are not authorized by the U.S. to help with immigration.
Don't pay someone to help you with immigration unless they are authorized by the U.S. government.
Talk to your kids about staying safe online.
Get legitimate help in completing immigration forms.
Tips for getting immigration help.
Consumer Sentinel is a nationwide system for law enforcement to track consumer complaints.
Learn how to protect yourself and your personal information online.
Test your online shopping smarts and learn if you can spot a risky offer
Questions to ask before wiring money to friends or family in another country.
Medical discount plans are not health insurance. In fact, many of these plans are scams.
Protect the wireless network in your home.
Kids can stop cyberbullies by standing up for themselves or someone else.
Be sure the information on your immigration form is accurate before you sign.
Learn the techniques advertisers use to relate to audiences.
An unexpected visitor arrives at the office.
Use Admongo in the classroom to teach kids about advertising.
Scammers can rob you of money — and your chance to immigrate.
Stop wireless hackers by answering these wireless security questions.
Understand who the advertiser is and why they want you to take a specific action.
Evaluate online reviews and recommendations when shopping.
Young people identify the messages within ads.
Young people learn to identify ads and their messages
The things kids post online could have an impact on people in the real world.
You've already lost one laptop, Agent Smith. Your job's on the line if it happens again. Make wise choices this time, and it's mission accomplished.
Young people learn the meaning behind ads.
Helps kids learn why and how to stay safe online.
Teaches kids how to protect themselves online with privacy settings and good online practices.
Test your peer-to-peer file-sharing smarts
Enter the world of Admongo to get "aducated" about ads and their messages.
Test your savvy when it comes to making friends online.
This video describes the FTC Robocall Challenge and introduces one of the winners.
Get a glimpse of your future as your investing intelligence is put to the test.
Put your online auction know-how to the test.
NCPW.gov is the one site on the web with free consumer information from federal agencies, state governments, consumer organizations and local consumer protection authorities.
Promote the We Don’t Serve Teens message by asking your local radio station to run this 30 second public service announcement.
Promote the We Don’t Serve Teens message by asking your local radio station to run this 15 second public service announcement.
This video shows how someone compares the costs when choosing a place open savings and checking accounts.
This video shows how keeping a budget helps someone pay all his bills.
This video shows how someone gets into trouble with an immigration consultant – and then out of trouble again.
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