FTC Information and Alerts

  • 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[…]

  • FTC sues telemarketers over Do Not Call violations

    Mar 23, 2018 | 13:22 pm

    If you’re on the Do Not Call Registry, companies shouldn’t call you out of the blue to try and sell you something. In fact, it’s usually illegal.The FTC continues to take action against companies and telemarketers that ignore the Registry.[…]

  • FTC & NY shut down abusive debt collectors, Part 2

    Mar 22, 2018 | 19:23 pm

    Persistence pays off. Three years ago, I told you the FTC and New York Attorney General (NY AG) announced complaints against debt collectors that allegedly used a slew of abusive and deceptive tactics to pressure consumers into making payments on[…]

  • Western Union refunds scam alert

    Mar 22, 2018 | 18:35 pm

    We’ve heard that people are getting official-looking emails about the Western Union settlement. The thing to know is that you cannot apply for a refund by email. The scam emails we’ve seen ask for information about your Western Union transaction,[…]

  • Refunding $10 million after tech support scam

    Mar 19, 2018 | 17:29 pm

    The FTC is mailing partial refunds to about 37,000 people who bought unnecessary tech support products and services from Inbound Call Experts, also known as Advanced Tech Support. People are eligible for refunds if they bought the company’s products and[…]

  • Bitcoin + online chain referral = illegal scheme

    Mar 16, 2018 | 15:30 pm

    Ever get a chain letter in the mail or online? Then you know the drill — you send money to a person at the top of the list, then take their name off and add yours to the bottom before[…]

  • Got Toys"R"Us gift cards?

    Mar 16, 2018 | 11:29 am

    If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably seen that the iconic Toys"R"Us is winding down its business operations in the U.S., and closing its stores across the country, including stores in Puerto Rico. At this time, according to Toys"R"Us,[…]

  • It’s National Password Day

    Mar 15, 2018 | 13:39 pm

    When is the last time you reviewed the passwords to your bank account, e-mail or credit card accounts?Today is a good day to do it. Why? It’s National Password Day. Together with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), we are sharing[…]

  • Watch out for these new tax scams

    Mar 12, 2018 | 15:57 pm

    They’re at it again... tax scammers scheming new ways to steal personal information and money.

  • Korean-language information from the FTC

    Mar 9, 2018 | 14:38 pm

    Scams affect people in every community, and the FTC offers information in several languages to help them spot and avoid fraud. For example, we have a new video for people in the Korean community and those who work with them:[…]


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