FTC Information and Alerts

  • No prizes from the FTC

    Jun 22, 2018 | 16:53 pm

    Recently, someone showed up at the door of the FTC to ask about his prize. He had a mailing saying he’d won $5 million – and the FTC had “certified and verified” it. The letter told him to act immediately[…]

  • Credit card processing “deals” may be scams

    Jun 21, 2018 | 20:28 pm

    If you’re in a small business, you probably need a way for people to pay you – and ways to lower your costs. Scammers have been working both of those angles, promising businesses that they can save on leases of[…]

  • Scams and Your Small Business

    Jun 18, 2018 | 19:33 pm

    At the FTC, our mission is to protect consumers, including small business owners. That’s why, when we see scammers taking money from small businesses, we step in. Today, the FTC announced Operation Main Street: Stopping Small Business Scams, a coordinated[…]

  • Hawaii’s volcano eruption: Picking up the pieces

    Jun 15, 2018 | 18:15 pm

    While lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption continues to flow, it’s not too early to begin taking stock and developing a recovery plan. Here are a few tips and links to resources to help make the task less burdensome.

  • Giving wisely in the wake of natural disasters

    Jun 15, 2018 | 17:47 pm

    Natural disasters and weather emergencies are in the news. Whether it’s the volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala or the wildfires in Colorado, it’s heartbreaking to see people lose their homes and businesses to the ongoing devastation. But it’s despicable[…]

  • FTC aids criminal prosecutions

    Jun 14, 2018 | 16:12 pm

    The FTC protects consumers by stopping unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices in the marketplace. We conduct investigations, sue outfits and individuals that break the law, and inform people and businesses about their rights and responsibilities. In 2017, the FTC filed[…]

  • Tips for scam-free travel

    Jun 12, 2018 | 13:51 pm

    Planning a summer vacation? You may be looking for deals on cheap flights or discounts at hotels and resorts – but some promotions may come with strings attached, and others can be downright scams. Before you pack your bags, keep[…]

  • Work from Home Business Scam Sidelined

    Jun 11, 2018 | 17:53 pm

    Would you be tempted by an online business training program that promises you could earn thousands of dollars a month working from home? I wouldn’t blame you if you were. But don’t believe the hype. Promises like these are signs[…]

  • Protecting your devices from cryptojacking

    Jun 7, 2018 | 16:53 pm

    Instead of min(d)ing their own business, are scammers using your computer as their virtual ATM? Three years ago, the FTC warned the public and took action against cryptojacking. That’s where scammers use your device’s processing power to “mine” cryptocurrency, which[…]

  • Free credit freezes are coming soon

    Jun 7, 2018 | 12:39 pm

    Looking for stronger ways to protect your credit? Thanks to a new federal law, soon you can get free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts. Here’s what to look forward to when the law takes effect on September 21st:


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