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FTC Information and Alerts

  • Fake calls about your SSN

    Dec 12, 2018 | 15:59 pm

    The FTC is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money. In one version of the scam, the caller says your Social[…]

  • Help avoid online order slow- or no-shows

    Dec 7, 2018 | 05:00 am

    Unless you enjoy the bustle of traditional holiday shopping, you’re probably thankful for being able to get what you need online. Unfortunately, the FTC has gotten reports from consumers who didn’t get their orders as expected – or never got[…]

  • Contact lens seller turns a blind eye to the law

    Dec 7, 2018 | 00:05 am

    Cosmetic contacts lenses – also known as costume or decorative contact lenses – can change the way your eye looks without correcting your vision. While they may seem like just another fashion accessory, the fact is all contacts require a[…]

  • Buying an internet-connected smart toy? Read this.

    Dec 6, 2018 | 16:09 pm

    Before giving in to your kid's plea for a new toy, you may want to collect some information about it. Why? Well, for one thing, that toy may want to collect information about your kid. I’m talking about internet-connected smart[…]

  • FTC: No support for diabetes treatment claims

    Dec 4, 2018 | 16:58 pm

    People spend billions of dollars a year on health products that are unproven and often useless. Case in point: The FTC has sued the sellers of “Nobetes” about their advertising claims for a pill that would supposedly treat diabetes –[…]

  • The Marriott data breach

    Dec 4, 2018 | 15:33 pm

    Marriott International says that a breach of its Starwood guest reservation database exposed the personal information of up to 500 million people. If your information was exposed, there are steps you can take to help guard against its misuse.

  • Putting cash in the mail

    Dec 3, 2018 | 14:25 pm

    We’ve been warning you about scammers asking you to pay with gift cards or by wiring money. Scammers love getting you to pay that way because they can get your money fast and disappear. It’s almost as good as getting[…]

  • This giving season, make your donations count

    Nov 26, 2018 | 15:04 pm

    The giving season has begun and many of us are thinking about gifts for family and friends, as well as giving to our favorite charitable causes. If you’re thinking about donating to charity, do some research first to make sure[…]

  • Fake promises offer no sigh of (debt) relief

    Nov 20, 2018 | 18:26 pm

    An offer of reduced monthly payments — or complete forgiveness — on your student loan may make you want to sign up…and exhale. Unfortunately, though, some of those programs wind up costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars for nothing[…]

  • Talking turkey

    Nov 20, 2018 | 17:22 pm

    Whether it’s a spare can of cranberry sauce or an extra turkey platter, thoughtful Thanksgiving hosts make contingency plans for the holiday. This year, if the dinner discussion veers into controversial territory – like the pumpkin pie vs. pecan pie[…]


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