Author: FTC

Business License Scams: A Barrier for Reentrants

Many reentrants don’t believe they will ever get a business license through the usual channels. That makes them vulnerable to scams. Some reentrants may find themselves frustrated by occupational licensing regulations that don’t make sense. Maybe their trade is licensed in some states, but not others. That’s confusing. If you’re looking to get a professional […]

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Got student loan debt? Don’t be scammed.

If you’ve got student loan debt, you’ve probably seen ads or been contacted by companies promising they can help. Some are scams – and the FTC is going after them. Today the FTC announced Operation Game of Loans, a joint FTC and state law enforcement sweep against student loan debt relief scammers. The operation includes […]

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Let’s focus on cybersecurity for small businesses

If you own a small business or work for one, you’re probably concerned with protecting your business’ data. You want to make sure that sensitive information isn’t accidentally deleted, turned over to a scammer, or hacked. So this week, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, let’s focus on making sure you know the resources the Federal […]

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Give wisely to help shooting victims

Tugging at your heartstrings is a tried and true method scammers use to get to your wallet. When tragedy strikes, they take advantage. Sadly, the Las Vegas shooting is no exception. The FTC has heard from people about suspicious requests for donations. A little research will help you avoid a scam and ensure that your […]

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Hurricane Maria: Make your donations count

Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, home to almost 3.5 million Americans. Those of us with personal ties to the island are shocked by the catastrophe Hurricane Maria left behind. It has been sobering and emotional. We are struggling daily to help our families and friends recover and just survive – under dire […]

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Tech-savvy seniors get online

If you’re reading this, you’re fairly tech-savvy. But did you know that some older adults never go online? You may have a friend or family member who’s reluctant because they don’t think their information will be safe. They might feel better if you share some ways they can protect themselves online. Here are some tips […]

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Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October can be full of ghouls and ghosts, but what’s scarier that you can’t see? Scammers and fraudsters who want to hack into your computer, undetected, and steal your personal information or install malware. Fear not, the FTC comes bearing treats – not tricks – to help you secure your devices during October’s National Cyber […]

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Apps to stop robocalls

Are you getting hounded by robocalls and wondering what you can do about them? Reporting illegal robocalls helps the FTC and other law enforcement agencies go after the scammers behind them. But what can you do to stop those calls now? One option is a robocall-blocking app for your mobile phone. Source: FTC Scam Alert […]

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FAFSA® student aid filings begin October 1

If you’re a high school or college student, or their parent, it’s nearly time for the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, which becomes available October 1, 2017. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed FAFSA® student aid filings begin October 1

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FAFSA student aid filings begin October 1

If you’re a high school or college student, or their parent, it’s nearly time for FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing season opens October 1 for the 2018-19 academic year. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed FAFSA student aid filings begin October 1

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