FTC Information and Alerts

  • I’d like a scam-free vacation

    May 22, 2017 | 13:38 pm

    Summer is around the corner, and I’m dreaming about my next vacation! There are so many places to visit, and a lot of travel deals to consider. My budget and time are limited, so I have to choose carefully. I[…]

  • Scam calls to immigrants

    May 19, 2017 | 13:26 pm

    When you tell us about a scam, it helps us investigate scammers. But it also helps us warn other people about the scam – so they can avoid it. Our partners at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) told us[…]

  • New Medicare cards are on the way

    May 18, 2017 | 13:38 pm

    Changes are coming to your Medicare card. By April 2019, your card will be replaced with one that no longer shows your Social Security number. And it will all happen automatically – you won’t have to pay anyone or give[…]

  • New dietary supplement website launched

    May 17, 2017 | 14:14 pm

    Ever wonder if your dietary supplements are truly safe, effective and risk-free? If you are a member of the military, this question can be particularly important. Servicemembers often are targeted by companies selling supplements: to help members of the military[…]

  • Fake emails could cost you thousands

    May 16, 2017 | 14:33 pm

    Think you got an email from a business you know? Scammers sometimes use emails that look legit to trick you into sending money to them.

  • Ransomware worries? Keep up to date.

    May 15, 2017 | 14:47 pm

    You’ve probably heard about the ransomware attack affecting organizations’ computer systems around the world. It seems to affect server software on organizations’ networked computers. But ransomware can attack anybody’s computer, so now is a good time to update your own[…]

  • Phony telephone number scam targets veterans

    May 15, 2017 | 14:00 pm

    There’s a new scam out there, preying on veterans who are making decisions about their medical care. The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program allows certain eligible vets to[…]

  • Pass it on: tech support scams

    May 12, 2017 | 19:21 pm

    Earlier today, we announced a bunch of cases against tech support scammers: the people who act like there’s a problem with your computer and then try to convince you to fork over money to fix – ahem – “fix” it.[…]

  • Avoid a tech trap

    May 12, 2017 | 13:58 pm

    Scammers have been taking advantage of people who care about computer security. They ran operations in the US and overseas that used pop-up messages and phone calls to convince people their computers needed fixing. The FTC announced four new cases[…]

  • Keep your mom scam-free this Mother’s Day

    May 11, 2017 | 16:34 pm

    Growing up, my mother gave me her own version of “scam alerts.” She let me know when an offer sounded fishy and told me stories of fraudsters conning people out of their hard-earned money. Maybe your mom did too. This[…]


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