Author: FTC

Uber settles with FTC over privacy and data security promises

As a consumer, you expect companies to honor their promises to protect your personal information. As the nation’s consumer protection agency, so does the FTC. Today, the FTC announced it reached an agreement with Uber to settle FTC charges that Uber abandoned its promises to take reasonable steps to protect consumers’ personal information and to […]

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Battling ticket bots

You’re online, ready to buy concert tickets the second they go on sale, and then… they’re sold out. Were you beaten by a ticket bot? Here’s what you need to know. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Battling ticket bots

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Looking for a caregiver job? Watch this video

Are you looking for a nanny or caregiver job? Do you search for these jobs on websites such as care.com or sittercity.com? If so, then you should look out for nanny or caregiver scams. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Looking for a caregiver job? Watch this video

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A new kind of classic: FTC Classic Videos

 Who doesn’t love taking a trip down memory lane?  In our new “FTC Classics” playlist, you can do just that. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed A new kind of classic: FTC Classic Videos

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Outlet shopping: What the pros know

As summer comes to a close and back-to-school shopping lists loom large, you may be thinking of ways to save money. Some people turn to outlet shopping. But before you pack up the car for an all-day shopping excursion, here are some tips to help you get the most for your money. Source: FTC Scam […]

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Grandpa spots scammers

One of my favorite parts about working at the Federal Trade Commission is hearing stories of folks avoiding a scam. A recent story involves Lou, who picked up the phone and spotted the scam almost as soon as he heard the young man call him “Grandpa.” The caller said he’d been arrested for drunk driving, […]

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Launder payments for a scam. Get caught, too.

At the FTC, one lawsuit can lead to another. Two years ago, the FTC shut down Money Now Funding, a scam that promised people they would earn thousands to find and refer small businesses in need of a loan. Fast forward to the present, and the FTC is suing the people and payment processing businesses […]

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Scammers impersonate the National Institutes of Health

Consumers are reporting another government imposter scam – this time the scammers are pretending to be calling from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to reports, callers are telling people they’ve been selected to receive a $14,000 grant from NIH. To get it, though, callers tell people to pay a fee through an iTunes […]

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A costly low-cost trial offer

You’ve probably seen online ads with offers to let you try a product – or a service – for a very low cost, or even for free. Sometimes they’re tempting: I mean, who doesn’t want whiter teeth for a dollar plus shipping? Until the great deal turns into a rip-off. That’s what the FTC says […]

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Want cosmetic contact lenses? Get an Rx!

You might want to think twice before buying cosmetic contact lenses – and the reason may surprise you. What are cosmetic contacts? They’re contact lenses meant to change the way your eye looks, rather than correct your vision. Change can be a good thing – but you’re gonna need a prescription for it. Source: FTC […]

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