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Resolving Consumer Problems

Things don’t always go right. Sometimes you don’t get what you ordered; sometimes you get an item of the blue. What are your obligations? And by the way, are there advantages to using any particular method of payment in terms of consumer protections?

What to Do If You Were Scammed

Find out what to do if you paid someone you think is a scammer, gave them some personal information, or if they have access to your phone or computer.

How To Donate Wisely and Avoid Scams Infographic

When you decide to support a cause you care about, you want your donation to count. Here are tips to help you plan your donation – and avoid scams. 

Refund and Recovery Scams

If you’ve lost money to a scam, your name probably is on a ‘sucker’ list. You can expect calls offering to get your money back — for a fee. That’s a scam, too.

Unordered Merchandise

If you receive merchandise you didn’t order, you may keep it as a gift. 

Billed for Merchandise You Never Received

Explains consumer protections and procedures so you don’t have to pay for merchandise you ordered but never got.

Sample Letter for Disputing a Debit Card Charge

Sample letter for disputing a debit

Buyer’s Remorse: When the FTC’s Cooling-Off Rule May Help

The FTC’s Cooling-Off Rule gives you a 3-day right to cancel a sale made at your home, workplace or dormitory, or at a seller’s temporary location, like a hotel or motel room, convention center, fairground or restaurant. But not all sales are covered.

Sham Cancer Charities Infographic

In May 2015, FTC and states charged four sham cancer charities with bilking $187 million from consumers.

Solving Consumer Problems

If you aren’t satisfied with a product or service, these tips and strategies can help you resolve the problem.

Sample Consumer Complaint Letter

Here’s a sample letter to help you draft your own complaint about a product or service.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

If you can’t resolve a problem with a company, you may be able to try an alternative dispute resolution program. These programs — including mediation or arbitration — can be quicker, cheaper, and less stressful than going to court.