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Avoid scams in the aftermath of Merbok, Fiona and Ian

Gema de las Heras
As recovery efforts continue in areas hit hard by mother nature’s recent bi-coastal punch, scammers are not far behind. They see tragedy as opportunity, and they'll use the devastation caused by
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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
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Donating with crypto? Watch out for scams.

Rosario Méndez
You may have heard that the government of Ukraine is receiving donations by cryptocurrency. Unfortunately, scammers have heard this too and they’ve been posting on social media, as well as sending
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Make your donation count by avoiding end-of-year charity scams

Cristina Miranda
The season of giving is here. If you celebrate Christmas, you might be about to fill some stockings. But, for many, holiday giving includes supporting charitable causes. Charities in need of support
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Donate safely this Giving Tuesday

Rosario Méndez
Giving Tuesday is a great time to show your gratitude by donating to help others. But you don’t want to give money to a fake charity or scammer (any day of the week). Before you donate this Giving
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This week the focus is on charity scams

Rosario Méndez
Every year, charity regulators from around the word get together to raise awareness about charity fraud. The FTC joins this effort again this year because it’s so important to know how to spot a