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Report International Scams at (video)

Your complaints help the FTC and law enforcement agencies conduct investigations, bring lawsuits and prevent international scams. If you have a complaint about international scams or cross-border fraud, report it at


Student Loan Debt Relief Scams (video)

You’ve probably seen ads promising help with your student loan debt. Some are scams – here are tips to avoid them.


Spot Scams (video)

What are the warning signs of a scam?


Get FTC Scam Alerts (video)

How to stay ahead of the scammers with email updates from the FTC.

Tags: FTC, scam

Scam-O-Meter: Money Wiring: Job Offer Scams (video)

If someone offers you a job, sends you a check, but then insists you wire extra money back; don’t do it. It's a scam. Instead, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at

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Scam-O-Meter: Money Wiring: IRS Imposter (video)

What to do if someone says they’re from the IRS and they pressure or threaten you to transfer money to them right away.

Tags: imposter, IRS, scam

Scam-O-Meter: Money Wiring: Family Emergency Scams (video)

If you get a text or call saying a loved one is in trouble and they need you to wire them money, it's most likely a scam.


Fraud Affects Every Community (video)

People’s experience with scams, and the tips to help all of us avoid scams and protect those we care about.

Tags: fraud, scam

Debt Collection: Know Your Rights (video)

Understand your rights when dealing with debt collectors.


Fraud Affects Every Community: Debt Settlement Companies (video)

The first-person story of one woman’s experience with a debt relief scam – and the lawyer who helped her.

Tags: debit, scam

Nanny and Caregiver Imposter Scams (video)

Caregiver websites can help you find jobs, but scammers also use them to find people to rip off.

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Your Eyewear Prescription Rights (video)

Your eye doctor must give you your prescription after your fitting. It’s the law. Learn more at


Scam-O-Meter: Tech Support (video)

If you get a pop-up to call a number to fix a virus on your computer, ignore it. It’s an imposter scam.


Dietary Supplements: Questions To Ask (video)

While some dietary supplements have proven benefits, others don’t. And some could even be risky for your health.


Fraud Affects Every Community: Family Emergency Scams (video)

The first-person story of how one family responded to a family emergency scam: by putting it on the radio.

Tags: imposter, scam

Why Report Fraud? (video)

If you think you see a scam, talk with someone. Your story could help someone avoid that scam. Then report it to the Federal Trade Commission at Your story could help the FTC stop the scammers.

Tags: fraud, report, scam

Using "Pass It On" In Your Community (video)

How organizations in local communities are using the Pass It On materials.

Tags: scam

Avoiding a Yo-yo Financing Scam (video)

How to avoid a scam known as yo-yo financing when you buy a car.


Ad Hype: True or False? (video)

Misleading ads can sound pretty plausible; learn how to sort out fact from a fib.


Military Consumer: Your Tool for Financial Readiness (video) gives servicemembers and military families short consumer tips on the go to help them stay mission-ready at home and abroad. Visit to learn more.


What To Do After a Data Breach (video)

Did you get a notice that says your personal information was exposed in a data breach? Visit to learn what you can do to protect your identity.

Spotting Deceptive Car Ads

Spotting Deceptive Car Ads (video)

Car ads might promise low payments, no interest, or zero down. But is there a catch? Here’s what you need to know.

Buying a Used Car

Buying a Used Car (video)

Getting the facts about a used car before you buy can help avoid trouble down the road. Here’s what you need to know.

Tags: buying, car
Financing a Car

Financing a Car (video)

Before you shop for a car, you need to shop for financing. Here’s what you need to know.

Tags: buying, car
Understanding Car Add-ons

Understanding Car Add-ons (video)

When you buy a car, the dealer also might try to sell you optional products or services known as “add-ons”— which might break your budget. Here’s what you need to know.

Tags: buying, car

Fraud Affects Every Community: Medicare Scams (video)

The first-person story of a retired educator’s Medicare scam experience – and the FTC attorney who helped bring the scammers to justice.


Online Romance Imposter Scams (video)

Imposters promise romance to users of online dating sites to trick them into sending money.


Family Emergency Imposter Scams (video)

Imposters claim to be friends or family in distress to trick consumers into wiring money.


Tech Support Imposter Scams (video)

Callers impersonate legitimate technical support companies to fool computer users into handing over their personal information or sending money.


Fraud Affects Every Community: Imposter Scams (Spanish with English subtitles) (video)

The first-person story of a woman who was harassed by scammers impersonating court officials and lawyers, who tried to coerce her into paying hundreds of dollars for a debt she didn’t owe.


IRS Imposter Scams (video)

How to spot scammers who pretend to be IRS officials to get you to send them money.

Tags: imposter, IRS, scam

Hate Robocall Scams? The FTC Does, Too (video)

An illegal robocall could be a scam. Learn what the FTC is doing to stop illegal robocalls, what to do if you get one, and how to block the number.

Tags: robocall, scam
1:17 Helps You Report and Recover from Identity Theft (video)

Is someone using your personal information to open new accounts, make purchases or get benefits? Report it at and get a free personal recovery plan.


Fraud Affects Every Community: Debt Collection (video)

The first-person story of a veteran’s debt collection experience – and the legal assistance that helped him recover.


Hacked Email: What to Do (video)

Are your friends and family getting emails from you that you didn't send? Or maybe you want to check your email, but you can't log in? Chances are your email's been hacked. Here’s what to do.


Hijacked Computer: What to Do (video)

Can’t turn your computer on or off? Is it acting up, running slow, opening pages you didn't click, or displaying pop-ups constantly? There's a good chance your computer's been hacked or infected with a virus. Here’s what to do.


Recovering from Identity Theft (video)

This video shows what do to if someone steals your identity.


Renting an Apartment (video)

This video shows how to rent an apartment even if you don't have a good credit history.


Car Title Loans (video)

This video shows what happens if you borrow money in exchange for your car title.


Back It Up: Don't Lose Your Digital Life (video)

From tax forms to family photos, the files on your computer are valuable. If you don’t want to lose them, back them up, and practice good computer security habits to protect yourself from hackers and viruses.


Pass It On (video)

This video shows how easy it is to start a conversation about scams and how to protect yourself from them.

Weight Loss Challenge (game)

Learn how to tell fact from fiction when it comes to weight loss products.


Immigration (video)

This video shows how someone gets into trouble with an immigration consultant – and then out of trouble again.


Budgets (video)

This video shows how keeping a budget helps someone pay all his bills.


Bank Accounts (video)

This video shows how someone compares the costs when choosing a place open savings and checking accounts.


National Consumer Protection Week (video) is the one site on the web with free consumer information from federal agencies, state governments, consumer organizations and local consumer protection authorities.


We Don’t Serve Teens Radio PSA: 30 second spot (audio)

Promote the We Don’t Serve Teens message by asking your local radio station to run this 30 second public service announcement.


We Don’t Serve Teens Radio PSA: 15 second spot (audio)

Promote the We Don’t Serve Teens message by asking your local radio station to run this 15 second public service announcement.


The FTC Robocall Challenge (video)

This video describes the FTC Robocall Challenge and introduces one of the winners.

Gear Up for a Great Trip! (game)

Before you research travel offers, prepare yourself. Read these trip tips.


Money Wiring Scams (video)

This video shows some common money wiring scams, and what happens to some people who meet the scams.


Credit Scores (video)

This video shows what happens when one person gets a free credit report from and someone else gets a “free” credit score from a TV ad.


Payday Lending (video)

This video shows what happens when someone gets a payday loan but can’t pay it back right away.


Robocall Challenge: Consumer Tips & Tricks (video)

FTC attorney Kati Daffan shares five strategies for fighting illegal robocalls in this video produced by the GSA.


Online Shopping Tips (video)

Looking for a great product at a great price? These tips can help.


Computer Security (video)

Use these computer security tips to help protect your computer and your personal information.


Public Wi-Fi Networks (video)

If you use public Wi-Fi networks, take these steps to protect your personal information.


Are Online Reviews Always True? (audio)

Evaluate online reviews and recommendations when shopping.


Online Reviews and Recommendations (video)

This video describes how consumers can evaluate online reviews and recommendations when shopping.


Paying Your Car Loan (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.

Tags: car, loan, payment

Prepaid Cards (video)

This video shows what happens when someone gets a prepaid card without checking out the fees first.

Tags: credit

Minimum Payments on Credit Cards (video)

This video shows what happens when someone makes just the minimum payment on a credit card balance.


Why Care About Identity Theft? (video)

This video shows what happens when someone learns the hard way why she should care about her identity. 


Payday Loans (audio)

If you need cash fast, you may have options besides expensive payday loans.

Tags: loan

Signs of Identity Theft (audio)

Clues that someone may have stolen your identity.


Government Imposter Scams (audio)

Con artists sometimes impersonate government officials to trick you into sending money.


Family Emergency Scams (audio)

Scammers may pretend to be your relatives or friends, urging you to wire money immediately to help them with an emergency.


Charity Scams (audio)

Scammers may pretend to represent charities to take advantage of your generosity.


Starting an Internet Business (audio)

Don't believe ads that claim you can start an online business without much work or money.


Donating to Charity? (audio)

Here are some tips to make sure your charity contributions are put to good use.

Tags: charity, phone

Wiring Money (audio)

Wiring money is like sending cash — once it’s gone, you can't get it back.


Travel Tips (audio)

Learn to tell the difference between a legitimate travel deal and a travel trick.


Sending Money Abroad (audio)

Questions to ask before wiring money to friends or family in another country.


Hang Up on Robocalls (audio)

If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales message — hang up

Tags: robocall

Reading Your Bills Is Worth Your Time (audio)

Check your monthly statements for unexpected charges. This will help you avoid paying for things you didn't buy.


Online Dating Scams (audio)

An online love interest who lures you from a dating site and asks for money is probably a scam artist.


Learn About Lumens (audio)

When shopping for light bulbs, look at lumens instead of watts. The more lumens, the brighter the light.


Looking for a Job? (audio)

If a company asks you to pay them for a guaranteed job placement, you're likely dealing with a scam.


Work at Home Scams (audio)

If an ad claims a work-at-home business can make you rich quick, you’re probably looking at a scam


Business Opportunities: Ask Some Questions (audio)

Business “opportunities” often don't live up to the hype. Take your time and ask questions before you consider an investment.


Saving Money on Heating and Cooling Your Home (audio)

Tips to help you save energy — and money — in your home.


Free Trial Offers (audio)

Look out for fees hidden in "free" trial offers.


Foreclosure Rescue Scams (audio)

Having trouble paying your mortgage? Learn how to avoid foreclosure rescue scams and get real help.


5 Ways to Save Money on Gas (audio)

Practical tips to increase your gas mileage.


Viral Emails: Fact or Fiction? (audio)

Internet hoaxes spread when we share first and ask questions later.


Sign Up for the Do Not Call Registry (audio)

Reduce telemarketing calls by registering your phone number for free at


Diet Ads and Weight-loss Products (audio)

Want to lose weight? Don't believe ads promising quick and easy weight loss without any diet or exercise.


Protecting Your Child's Personal Information (audio)

Steps you can take to safeguard your child's personal information against identity theft.


Fake Checks Can Cost You (audio)

A counterfeit check can take weeks to discover — and cost you a bundle.


Advance-Fee Loans (audio)

If you have to pay a fee in advance for a guaranteed loan or credit card — you’re dealing with a rip-off.


Your Source for a Truly Free Credit Report? (video)

Your credit report affects your ability to get a loan or job, and could help you avoid identity theft.  You can get a truly free credit report from


Your Source for a Truly Free Credit Report? (audio)

You can get a truly free credit report from


Protect Your Computer from Malware (video)

What you can do to avoid, detect and get rid of viruses and spyware.


Diversity Visa Lottery Scam (video)

Knowing the rules of the U.S. Diversity Lottery can help you avoid a scam.


Scams Against Immigrants: Paying for (No) Help (audio)

Don't pay someone to help you with immigration unless they are authorized by the U.S. government.


Scams Against Immigrants: Ads and Promises (audio)

Scammers can rob you of money — and your chance to immigrate.


Admongo: What's the Message? (video)

Young people identify the messages within ads.


Hang Up on Phone Fraud (video)

Be aware of the warning signs and hang up on phone fraud.


Hang Up on Fraudulent Telemarketing (video)

If a telemarketer asks for money or account information to collect a "prize," hang up. It's a scam.


Operation Empty Promises: Job and Business Opportunity Scams (video)

Identify and avoid job and business opportunity scams.


Fraud: An Inside Look (short version) (video)

Learn the signs of a business opportunity scam.


Fraud: An Inside Look (video)

An expert explains the inner workings of business opportunity telemarketing scams.


Anatomy of a Cancer Treatment Scam (video)

Learn how to identify scams promising treatments for cancer.


The Truth About Medical Discount Plans (video)

Medical discount plans are not health insurance. In fact, many of these plans are scams.


What To Do If You Get a Robocall (video)

Tips for dealing with robocalls.


Robocalls Gone Wrong (video)

Illegal robocalls are the rise and the FTC is working to solve the problem.


Employee Background Checks (video)

Know your rights when employers check your background.


How to File a Complaint (video)

Report scams to the FTC online or by phone.


Scams Against Immigrants (video)

Recognize and report scammers who falsely promise help with immigration.


Job Scams (video)

Don't pay for the promise for a job. Learn how to avoid job scams.

Tags: jobs, scam

Free Trials Can Cost You (video)

Read the fine print — or free trials can wind up costing you.


Shopping for Light Bulbs (video)

If you want to know how bright a light bulb is, look at its lumens.


Sharing Information: A Day in Your Life (video)

Many everyday activities allow businesses access to information about you.


Consumer Sentinel: A Resource for Law Enforcement (video)

Consumer Sentinel is a nationwide system for law enforcement to track consumer complaints.

Tags: complaint

Money Transfer Scams (video)

Don't wire money to someone you don't know.

Tags: complaint

Operation Bottom Dollar: Job Scams (video)

Don't pay for the promise for a job. Learn how to avoid job scams.


Net Cetera: Stand Up to Cyberbullying (video)

This video shows kids how they can stop cyberbullying by standing up for themselves or someone else.


Net Cetera: Share with Care (video)

The things kids post online could have an impact on people in the real world.


Admongo: Who's Responsible? (video)

Understand who the advertiser is and why they want you to take a specific action.


Admongo: Introduction for Teachers (video)

Use Admongo in the classroom to teach kids about advertising.


Net Cetera: Protection Connection (video)

Teaches kids how to protect themselves online with privacy settings and good online practices.


Net Cetera: Heads Up (video)

Helps kids learn why and how to stay safe online.


Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online (video)

Talk to your kids about staying safe online.

You are Here: Consumer Education at the Mall (game)

Young people learn the key concepts of advertising, competition and other consumer topics in a virtual mall setting.


Admongo: Ad Techniques (video)

Learn the techniques advertisers use to relate to audiences.


Scams Against Immigrants: Tips for Finding Real Help (audio)

Tips for getting immigration help.


Scams Against Immigrants: Know What You Sign (audio)

Be sure the information on your immigration form is accurate before you sign.


Scams Against Immigrants: Notarios Can't Help You (audio)

Notarios are not authorized by the U.S. to help with immigration.


Welcome to Admongo (video)

Enter the world of Admongo to get "aducated" about ads and their messages.


Scams Against Immigrants: "Help" with Immigration Forms (audio)

Get legitimate help in completing immigration forms.


Admongo in Action (video)

Young people learn to identify ads and their messages

Follywood Squares (game)

Answer questions about health products and information online.

Tags: health

Spam Scam Slam (game)

​Can you spot spam scams?

Auction Action (game)

Put your online auction know-how to the test.

Phishing Scams (game)

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?

P2P Threeplay (game)

Test your peer-to-peer file-sharing smarts.

Invasion of the Wireless Hackers (game)

Stop wireless hackers by answering these wireless security questions.

Online Lineup (game)

Test your online shopping smarts and learn if you can spot a risky offer

Beware of Spyware (game)

Protect your computer from spyware and viruses that can cause it to run slowly or give fraudsters access to your personal information.

Mission: Laptop Security (game)

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.

Friend Finder (game)

Test your savvy when it comes to making friends online.

The Case of the Cyber Criminal (game)

Learn how to protect yourself and your personal information online.

Invest Quest (game)

Get a glimpse of your future as your investing intelligence is put to the test.