FTC Information and Alerts

  • Calling foul on scammy business coaches

    Jun 26, 2017 | 13:46 pm

    Starting a small business is a big deal. That’s why people might consider getting a business coach to help. But what if the coach doesn’t help, but actually hurts your interests? Unfortunately, that’s what happened to thousands of people who[…]

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  • Economic Liberty Task Force roundtable about professional licensing

    Jun 26, 2017 | 13:01 pm

    Moving can be daunting, but for millions of Americans, the biggest relocation challenge might be related to their jobs: getting a professional license in a new state. The obstacles aren’t just paperwork and fees. Licensing requirements often vary from state[…]

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  • Company kept collecting debts it knew were phony

    Jun 23, 2017 | 15:10 pm

    Have you gotten a call, a letter, an email, or a text message about a debt that sounds fishy? Don’t take the bait, because “phantom” debt collectors try to pressure people into paying debts they don’t really owe. In its[…]

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  • Scammers don’t really give refunds

    Jun 22, 2017 | 19:15 pm

    The FTC has been cracking down on deceptive tech support operations that call or send pop-ups to make people think their computers are infected with viruses. Recently, a woman who lost money to one of the defendant’s in the FTC[…]

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  • Avoid skimmers at the pump

    Jun 22, 2017 | 13:04 pm

    Skimmers are illegal card readers attached to payment terminals — like gas pumps — that grab data off a credit or debit card’s magnetic stripe without your knowledge. Criminals sell the stolen data or use it to buy things online.[…]

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  • The FTC doesn’t need your bank info

    Jun 20, 2017 | 12:52 pm

    Some people have gotten an email that claims to be from Maureen Ohlhausen, the FTC’s Acting Chairman. But it’s not. The email asks you to give your bank account information – so, it says, you can get money from the[…]

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  • Headed to the eye doctor? Take a look at this video

    Jun 19, 2017 | 13:23 pm

    Before you head to the eye doctor, take 30 seconds to watch a new video from the FTC about your eyewear prescription rights.

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  • Signs of a debt relief scam

    Jun 16, 2017 | 14:16 pm

    If you feel smothered by your monthly bills, a call from someone who says they can reduce or eliminate your debts might sound like the answer to your problems. But in many cases, unscrupulous people are behind these calls. They[…]

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  • New avoid telemarketing scams fotonovela

    Jun 14, 2017 | 14:35 pm

    Three years ago, the FTC created its first fotonovela – a graphic novel to help Spanish-speakers spot and stop frauds targeting Latino communities. To date, we’ve published seven fotonovelas on topics from notario fraud to government imposters. They’ve been very[…]

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  • NetSpend refunds coming

    Jun 13, 2017 | 17:25 pm

    Do you know somebody who had a NetSpend debit card but had trouble activating it? If so, this blog post is for you. NetSpend Corporation is providing refunds to settle FTC charges that people couldn’t get access to the money[…]

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