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Peer-to-peer car sharing: A potentially risky side gig

Kira Krown
If you’re looking for a way to make some extra money, you might be thinking about renting out your car through a peer-to-peer (P2P) app like Getaround, Turo, or HyreCar. Like other P2P companies that
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It’s National Preparedness Month. Are you ready?

Cody Rhew
The 2022 hurricane season has been fairly calm, but we have a way to go. The season peaks in mid-September and runs through November. A lot can happen in that time, and not all hurricane related. This
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Free COVID test scam targets people on Medicare

Gema de las Heras
Scammers have been targeting Medicare recipients with a fake offer to get “free COVID tests.” They’re calling and running websites, online and television ads to try to convince people to give their
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As prices rise, keep an eye out for scammers

Kira Krown
With the cost of groceries, housing, and many other things rising, you might be looking for ways to cut costs. You aren’t alone. Across the country, people are worried about high prices impacting
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Cyberbullying and LGBTQ+ students

Ari Lazarus
For many kids, back to school can be an exciting time — seeing old friends, breaking in new notebooks, and getting back into the swing of things. But for some kids, it can also be stressful to return
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Shopping scams are in session for back-to-school shopping

Andrew Rayo
Back-to-school season can be stressful for many kids and their parents — especially when scammers are back to work with online school shopping scams. But there are ways to get your school shopping
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Only scammers demand utility payments in cryptocurrency

Gema de las Heras
It’s never a good time to have your utilities shut off. But during the hot summer months, the threat of having no power can be especially miserable: no AC, no refrigerator, not even a fan. Scammers
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Is that health insurance, a health product, or a scam?

Cristina Miranda
Looking for health insurance can be confusing. But if you run across a company that deliberately tricks you into signing up for insurance or health products that don’t deliver (and are hard to cancel)
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Don’t click on that random text. It’s a scam

Gema de las Heras
Sorry to burst your bubble. That unexpected text from the Postal Service (USPS), Costco, or The Home Depot telling you about an unclaimed package or a survey you can complete to claim a freebie is NOT
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Back to school: Children’s privacy

Jim Kreidler
It's back to school season and as you’re getting your kids ready for the new school year, the FTC wants you to know we’re thinking about your children’s privacy while they use education technology to
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FTC Commissioners aren’t calling you — really

Andrew Rayo
Scammers have been calling, pretending to be people from the FTC. While the names they use might be real, they’re actually scammers — some of them hoping to trick you into thinking they’re an FTC
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Scammers target disaster victims. Spot their traps

Gema de las Heras
Immediately following weather-related disasters — like the devastating fires in California and the deadly flooding in Kentucky and surrounding states — scammers come out of the woodwork. As usual