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How to File a Complaint (video)

Report scams to the FTC online or by phone.


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


What To Do If You Get a Robocall (video)

Tips for dealing with robocalls.


Protect Your Computer from Malware (video)

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

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?


Hang Up on Phone Fraud (video)

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


Online Reviews and Recommendations (video)

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

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.


Sharing Information: A Day in Your Life (video)

Many everyday activities allow businesses access to information about you.


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.


Online Shopping Tips (video)

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


Employee Background Checks (video)

Know your rights when employers check your background.


Robocalls Gone Wrong (video)

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


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.


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

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

Talk to your kids about staying safe online.


Free Trials Can Cost You (video)

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


Computer Security (video)

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


Payday Lending (video)

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


Minimum Payments on Credit Cards (video)

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

Spam Scam Slam (game)

​Can you spot spam scams?


Money Wiring Scams (video)

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

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.

The Case of the Cyber Criminal (game)

Learn how to protect yourself and your personal information online.

Gear Up for a Great Trip! (game)

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


Net Cetera: Stand Up to Cyberbullying (video)

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


Public Wi-Fi Networks (video)

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

Invasion of the Wireless Hackers (game)

Stop wireless hackers by answering these wireless security questions.


Robocall Challenge: Consumer Tips & Tricks (video)

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

Friend Finder (game)

Test your savvy when it comes to making friends online.


Diversity Visa Lottery Scam (video)

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


Shopping for Light Bulbs (video)

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


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.


Anatomy of a Cancer Treatment Scam (video)

Learn how to identify scams promising treatments for cancer.


Net Cetera: Heads Up (video)

Helps kids learn why and how to stay safe online.


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

Learn the signs of a business opportunity scam.

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.


Net Cetera: Share with Care (video)

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


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

Identify and avoid job and business opportunity scams.

Online Lineup (game)

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


Net Cetera: Protection Connection (video)

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

Follywood Squares (game)

Answer questions about health products and information online.

Tags: health

Why Care About Identity Theft? (video)

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

Weight Loss Challenge (game)

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


Prepaid Cards (video)

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

Tags: credit

Invest Quest (game)

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

P2P Threeplay (game)

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


Scams Against Immigrants (video)

Recognize and report scammers who falsely promise help with immigration.

Auction Action (game)

Put your online auction know-how to the test.


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.


Fraud: An Inside Look (video)

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


Admongo: Ad Techniques (video)

Learn the techniques advertisers use to relate to audiences.


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.


Bank Accounts (video)

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


Admongo in Action (video)

Young people learn to identify ads and their messages

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.


Consumer Sentinel: A Resource for Law Enforcement (video)

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

Tags: complaint

The Truth About Medical Discount Plans (video)

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


The FTC Robocall Challenge (video)

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


Admongo: Introduction for Teachers (video)

Use Admongo in the classroom to teach kids about advertising.


Admongo: What's the Message? (video)

Young people identify the messages within ads.


Admongo: Who's Responsible? (video)

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


Budgets (video)

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


Pass It On (video)

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


Welcome to Admongo (video)

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


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.


Online Romance Imposter Scams (video)

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


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

Immigration (video)

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


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.


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
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

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.

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

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.


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.


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


Debt Collection: Know Your Rights (video)

Understand your rights when dealing with debt collectors.


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.


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.


Ad Hype: True or False? (video)

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


Avoiding a Yo-yo Financing Scam (video)

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


Get FTC Scam Alerts (video)

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

Tags: FTC, scam

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

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

Tags: scam
How Scammers Tell You To Pay

How Scammers Tell You To Pay (video)

By learning how scammers ask you to pay, find out how to spot – and stop – scams.

Tags: payment, 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.

Student Loan Debt Relief Scams

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.


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.


Nanny and Caregiver Imposter Scams (video)

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


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

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
hand holding coin scratching off the personal identification number for a gift card

Report Gift Cards Used in a Scam (video)

Gift cards are for gifts, NOT for payments. Anyone who tells you to pay with a gift card is a scammer. Report gift cards used in a scam to the companies that issued the gift cards. Then, report it to the FTC at

person getting eye's checked

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.


Spot Scams (video)

What are the warning signs of a 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

Voicemail from the IRS: "Must pay back taxes today!"

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
A U.S. veteran hugging his daughter while she holds a mini United States flag

Stop Veteran Charity Scams (video)

Many charities do a great job supporting our nation’s veterans, but a few take advantage of people’s generosity. This video tells donors how to research charities to avoid donating to a sham charity.

Boy with a smile on his face.

Make Your Donations Count (video)

This video provides tips to help you donate wisely and avoid charity scams. It emphasizes the importance of researching charities before giving to make sure make sure your donation is going to help the cause and the people you care about.

Tags: charity, scam
Military person waving an American flag

Stop Veteran Charity Scams - PSA (video)

Many charities do a great job supporting our nation’s veterans, but a few take advantage of people’s generosity. This video tells donors how to research charities to avoid donating to a sham charity. (30 second PSA)

a hand holding a phone showing calls coming in from all over the world

How to Stop Calls From Fake Numbers (video)

Scammers can use technology to fake the name or number on your caller ID. Even when your caller ID shows a local number, it could be a scammer calling from anywhere in the world.


Charity Scams After a Disaster (video)

When a natural disaster hits or a tragic event happens, you might be looking for ways to help the people and communities affected. Unfortunately, scammers also are busy trying to take advantage. You want to make sure your money gets in the hands of charities you want to help.

사기꾼이 돈을 요구하는 방법

How Scammers Tell You To Pay (Korean) (video)

사기꾼이 돈을 요구하는 방법을 배움으로써 사기를 알아채고 중단하는 방법을 알아보십시오.

Tags: scam
A hand holding a cell phone with an unknown number calling

How to Stop Calls on My Mobile Phone (video)

Tired of getting unwanted calls on your mobile phone? This video tells you what you can do about them.

A house with a phone line coming into the house showing a call being blocked.

How to Stop Calls on My Home Phone (video)

Tired of getting unwanted calls on your home phone? This video tells you what you can do about them.

Utility Scams

Utility Scams and Your Small Business (video)

Learn about utility scams and how you can protect your business.

victim of a tech support scam

How to Avoid a Tech Support Scam (video)

The first-person story about a retired business consultant’s tech support scam experience, what he did about it.


Report International Scams at (Japanese) (video)


Tags: scam

Report International Scams at (Korean) (video)

당신의 불만 신고는 FTC와 법 집행기관이 조사를 시행하고, 소송을 진행하고, 국제 사기를 예방하는데 도움이 됩니다. 만약 당신이 국제 사기 또는 국경간 사기에 대한 불만이 있다면, http://www.econsumer.gov에 신고하세요.

African American boy with smile on his face

Make Your Donations Count - PSA (video)

This video provides tips to help you donate wisely and avoid charity scams. It emphasizes the importance of researching charities before giving to make sure make sure your donation is going to help the cause and the people you care about.

Student Loand Debt?

Avoiding Student Loan Debt (video)

What to do if you are having problems making your student loan payments, and how to avoid a student loan debt relief scam.


Report International Scams at (French) (video)

Vos plaintes aident la FTC et autres agences de protection des consommateurs dans leur mission d'enquête et de prévention des escroqueries internationales. Si vous avez une plainte au sujet d'arnaques internationales ou de fraudes transfrontalières, signalez-la à


Scams Against Your Small Business (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

Tags: business, scam
A paycheck with two options for cashing, a check cashing business and a grocery store.

Cashing a Paycheck (video)

How to avoid big fees when cashing a paycheck.

Fake Check Scams and Your Small Business

Fake Check Scams and Your Small Business (video)

Learn how fake check scams work and how your small business can avoid them. 


National Consumer Protection Week 2019 (video)

This video showcases the various consumer protection topics covered during National Consumer Protection Week. It features the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and several of his staff members. Learn more at

Directory Listing Scams and Your Small Business

Directory Listing Scams and Your Small Business (video)

Learn about directory listing scams and what you can do to protect your business from this scam.

Business Coaching Scams and Your Small Business

Business Coaching Scams and Your Small Business (video)

Learn how to avoid business coaching scams that target your small business.

Office Supply Scams and Your Small Business

Office Supplies Scams and Your Small Business (video)

Learn how office supplies scams happen and how your small business can avoid them. 

close-up of a grandmother with her grandson

Work at Home Scams (video)

The first-person story is about a retired nurse’s work-at-home scam experience, and what she did about it.

Fake ad for LeanSpa weight loss product

The Truth Behind Weight Loss Ads (video)

Trying to lose weight? Watch this video to learn the truth behind weight loss product ads. 

Social Security Administration seal with the text Imposter Scam over top

Hang Up on Social Security Scam Calls (video)

You’ve probably gotten calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. 


Advice for Social Media Influencers (video)

Do you recommend or endorse things on social media? If so, this video has tips to help influencers like you comply with the law. 

Advice for Influencers

Advice for Social Media Influencers - Sharable Short 1 (video)

Share this short video to help influencers know where they can find out how to stay on the right side of the law.

Advice for Influencers

Advice for Social Media Influencers - Sharable Short 2 (video)

Influencers need to tell people if a brand pays them or gives them free stuff. This video tells them how.

Explore Data with the FTC logo

Explore Data with the FTC (video)

Learn how to find out what scams, identity theft, and other consumer issues look like in your area by exploring FTC data at