Tag: scam

After natural disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, unlicensed contractors and scammers often come into the affected area promising immediate clean-up and debris removal. Some demand payment up-front for work they never...

If you follow this blog, you probably have seen our fotonovelas. These are short graphic novels in Spanish that tell stories about scams prevalent in Latino communities. The fotonovelas are based on real stories from people...

One thing we’ve learned at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is that scams often follow the news – especially when there’s a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey, in the headlines. Case in point: Colleagues at the Federal Emergency Management...

Getting a call from a debt collector can be stressful. But it can be downright frightening when the caller uses lies, profanity and threats to try to get you to pay. In a case announced today, the FTC says a debt collection operation in Charlotte...

It’s heartbreaking to see people lose their lives, homes, and businesses to the ongoing flooding in Texas. But it’s despicable when scammers exploit such tragedies to appeal to your sense of generosity.

If you’re looking for a way to give...

What are the warning signs of a scam?

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

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 ftc.gov/complaint.

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

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.

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