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Know what lies beneath product promises and offers

Searching online for products to enhance your looks or health will yield tons of results — especially ads. As you look through those results, pay close attention to the product claims and sales offers. Some marketers mislead people about what their product does, who uses it, and how much it’ll cost you. Source: FTC Scam […]

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Holiday shopping tips from the FTC

Calling all shoppers: The holidays are just around the corner. And whether you like to meander through the mall or search for deals online, the FTC has a gift for you — shopping tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Holiday shopping tips […]

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FTC halts abusive debt collection operation

You have the right to be treated fairly by debt collectors. Under federal law, they can’t use abusive, deceptive or unfair practices to collect from you. But not all debt collectors play by the rules. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed FTC halts abusive debt collection operation

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Avoiding ‘open enrollment’ scams

Open enrollment is here. Whether you’re eligible for Medicare, selecting a plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or have private insurance, you have until December 15 to compare plans and make coverage changes. But as you’re keeping an eye out for the best options, also keep an eye out for scammers. Here are a […]

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Getting your money back from Western Union

Did you lose money to a scammer who had you pay using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017? If so, you can now ask for your money back – and you have until February 12, 2018 to file your claim. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Getting your money back from Western […]

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Honoring our veterans

November 11 is Veterans Day. The origins of this annual commemoration reach back nearly 100 years to “Armistice Day,” which marked the end of World War I. Now we call it Veterans Day to honor all who have served. It’s a time to thank veterans for their contributions to our nation. Source: FTC Scam Alert […]

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Are you buying or leasing your pet? (Not joking.)

This is a new one on me — maybe you, too. Pet leasing: apparently, it’s a thing. And there are many people who paid money not knowing they were actually renting their new pets instead of owning them. Here’s how that happens. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Are you buying or leasing your pet? (Not […]

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Call from 877-382-4357? Hang up.

Scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they’re someone who can be trusted. The practice is called caller ID spoofing, and scammers can fake anyone’s phone number. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Call from 877-382-4357? Hang up.

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Researchers find bug in Wi-Fi network encryption

If you have a smartphone, laptop, or IoT device connected to a Wi-Fi network, the information you send over that network could be at risk. Researchers recently found a bug that lets attackers break the encryption that protects most wireless networks – leaving data you send exposed. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Researchers find bug […]

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FTC cool on “hot degrees” list for military

When servicemembers think about a civilian career, they often consider getting more education – but they need trustworthy information to make good decisions. That’s why the FTC just announced a proposed settlement with Victory Media, alleging its school search tool promoted schools that paid the company, while claiming it gave independent advice. Source: FTC Scam Alert […]

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