FTC Information and Alerts

  • FTC: Lending Club misled people about hidden fees

    Apr 25, 2018 | 21:33 pm

    If you need to borrow money to consolidate credit card debt, make home or auto repairs, or move across country, a personal loan can help cover your expenses.Most personal loans are unsecured, meaning they don’t require collateral like a house[…]

  • Publishers Clearing House imposters keep coming

    Apr 24, 2018 | 14:41 pm

    Who wouldn’t love to be that winner you see on TV holding a great big sweepstakes check? That’s what con artists are counting on when they claim to be Publishers Clearing House. This trick is an oldie but goodie for[…]

  • Scammers target Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund

    Apr 20, 2018 | 15:50 pm

    Consumers are reporting a new imposter scam — this time the callers are pretending to be with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). According to reports, the callers are telling people they may be entitled to money, and they[…]

  • Scammers impersonate the Chinese Consulate

    Apr 18, 2018 | 12:20 pm

    Have you gotten a call from someone saying they’re from a Chinese Consulate office? If so, you’re not alone – based on reports to the FTC and the real Chinese Consulates. But here’s the thing: it’s not a Chinese Consulate[…]

  • Coming soon: new cybersecurity education for small business

    Apr 13, 2018 | 18:40 pm

    Last year, we heard from small business owners about their cybersecurity challenges at a series of roundtable discussions the FTC hosted with some of its partners. What we learned is that small business owners need and want information on how[…]

  • FTC asking for access to your computer? It’s a scam.

    Apr 6, 2018 | 18:14 pm

    Scammers pretending to be with the FTC or with FTC refund administrators are calling, asking for remote access to your computer. It’s been reported that the scammers are calling specifically about the FTC’s Advanced Tech Support refund program. Their goal[…]

  • Breaches at Lord & Taylor, Saks, & MyFitnessPal

    Apr 5, 2018 | 13:06 pm

    Was your information exposed in the latest data breaches at Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5TH, or Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal? If so, here are some steps to take.

  • A new way to report tax identity theft

    Apr 3, 2018 | 19:08 pm

    Identity theft is hard enough. That’s why we keep working to make recovering from it easier. It’s also why we’re happy to let you know about an innovative project by the FTC and IRS that lets people report tax-related identity[…]

  • FTC’s top tips for Financial Literacy Month

    Mar 29, 2018 | 15:24 pm

    April is Financial Literacy Month, and a great time to get your personal finances on track. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

  • Get-rich scheme sold to wannabe Amazon sellers

    Mar 23, 2018 | 17:46 pm

    “Get started selling on Amazon and make $5,000 - $10,000 in the next 30 days… even if you’ve never sold anything online before.” That’s one of the pitches the promoters of a large get-rich scheme used to lure people into[…]


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