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FTC Information and Alerts

  • Fake prize offers don’t pay

    Mar 5, 2021 | 23:10 pm

    During National Consumer Protection Week, we'd like your help to reach people who may be cut off from social networks, and would like a friendly call. While you're catching up, share our tips about spotting and avoiding prize and lottery[…]

  • When it’s not really the government calling

    Mar 5, 2021 | 15:03 pm

    Lots of people are having trouble sleeping, thanks to the pandemic and all the parts of our lives it’s affecting. And it doesn’t help when you get a call saying you owe the government money. Oh, and, they add, you’ll[…]

  • MoneyGram fraud refunds get closer

    Mar 5, 2021 | 14:54 pm

    If you used MoneyGram to send money to a scammer between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017, you may get a prefilled claim form in the mail soon. To be eligible for a refund, you must fill out the[…]

  • Fraudulent fundraiser uses illegal robocalls to harass consumers

    Mar 4, 2021 | 17:02 pm

    In 2015, the FTC and state partners sued and shut down four sham charities that harassed millions of people with more than 1.3 billion illegal robocalls about donating to charity. The FTC and 46 charity state regulators from 38 states[…]

  • Caught in a bad romance

    Mar 4, 2021 | 12:30 pm

    It’s day four of National Consumer Protection Week and we’ve been discussing ways we can look out for each other during the pandemic. Today’s topic – romance scams. Beyond the job losses and economic fallout of the pandemic, the loneliness[…]

  • Community Advocate Center connects more people to the FTC

    Mar 3, 2021 | 16:12 pm

    When ReportFraud.ftc.gov launched in late 2020, it made telling the FTC about scams much easier. But here’s the thing: we know we’re still not hearing from lots of communities around the country. Not hearing those stories means we might not[…]

  • The Drug Enforcement Administration isn’t calling

    Mar 3, 2021 | 15:23 pm

    We’re getting reports about scammers pretending to be Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents. They’re trying to get your money and personal information, and using alarming phone calls to do it.

  • Help fight COVID vaccine scams: Share these tips with those you know

    Mar 3, 2021 | 02:31 am

    Since the start of the pandemic, people are spending a lot more time alone at home. What’s more, there’s a lot of confusion about when, how, and where to sign up and get vaccinated. Add those two things together, and[…]

  • When it comes to scams, let’s look out for one another

    Mar 1, 2021 | 11:56 am

    This pandemic has brought lots of side effects. Lost jobs, lost income, and lost homes are themes we see around the country — and scammers know just how to take advantage of these worries. Another side effect of the pandemic[…]

  • Join us for these NCPW events next week

    Feb 23, 2021 | 16:07 pm

    National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) 2021 is coming up next week, and we’d love for you to join us for some virtual events. NCPW is a time when the FTC joins with local, state, and national partners to bring you[…]


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