FTC Information and Alerts

  • Work-at-home scams lead to business coaching schemes

    May 17, 2018 | 18:29 pm

    In the business world, “leads” refer to the contact information of potential customers. In the scam world, it means the same thing. While scammers find their targets in all kinds of ways, one method is to go to people who[…]

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  • A scam story: Secret shopping and fake checks

    May 16, 2018 | 13:32 pm

    Scammers need a good story to get to your wallet. Once they find one that works, they use it again and again. One of their old favorites brings together fake checks and secret shopping, and we’ve been hearing a lot[…]

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  • Update for Amazing Wealth System

    May 15, 2018 | 16:52 pm

    The FTC recently sued the companies and individuals responsible for the Amazing Wealth System, which ran ads and held live workshops promoting a business opportunity scheme. This update for people who paid Amazing Wealth System explains how to add their[…]

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  • Western Union team honored for Service to America

    May 14, 2018 | 15:20 pm

    Getting money back from the Western Union settlement is a big deal for people who lost money to a scam. And that case is a big deal to both the FTC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and their case[…]

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  • Privacy: From principles to practice

    May 11, 2018 | 17:44 pm

    Privacy Awareness Week, an event organized by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities, is May 14-18, 2018. This year’s theme, “From Principles to Practice,” echoes the Federal Trade Commission’s mission to help consumers and businesses stay on top of privacy and[…]

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  • The First Lady, talking with kids about being online

    May 7, 2018 | 20:10 pm

    Today, First Lady Melania Trump introduced her initiative to help children everywhere be their best. At her launch event at the White House, the First Lady distributed copies of Talking with Kids About Being Online, a guide to help parents[…]

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  • Change your Twitter password. Now.

    May 7, 2018 | 14:29 pm

    You may have heard the recent news that Twitter discovered a bug that stored passwords “unmasked” in an internal log. What does this mean? If you are a Twitter user, your password could be exposed. Twitter says that there are[…]

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  • Read behind the buzz about mosquito repellents

    May 3, 2018 | 15:00 pm

    The idea of a perfume-like insect repellent that safeguards against dangerous mosquito-borne illnesses may sound great. But before making a rash decision, take a moment to consider whether the claims a company makes about its products are truly accurate.

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  • FTC: A sound amplifier is not a hearing aid

    May 2, 2018 | 20:50 pm

    An estimated 35 million Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss. If you’re one of them, it’s important to know the difference between a hearing aid and a personal sound amplification product (PSAP).

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  • Nicotine is not a child’s food

    May 1, 2018 | 12:29 pm

    Over the past several years, sales of electronic cigarettes have grown rapidly, especially among youth. They currently are the fastest growing part of the tobacco market.

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