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Let’s talk about Coronavirus scams

Emily Wu
During this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have reminded us how important it is to help each other through difficult times. In May, as we celebrate Older Americans Month
Consumer Alert

Unwanted calls: Just block ’em and report ’em

Jim Kreidler
Unwanted calls are annoying. They can feel like a constant interruption — and many are from scammers. Unfortunately, technology makes it easy for scammers to make millions of calls a day. So this week

Avoid Scams When You Travel

You may get a call, a text message, or a flyer in the mail Or maybe you may see an online ad promising free or low-cost vacations. Scammers and dishonest people are often behind these offers. You may

What To Know About Advance-Fee Loans

Some companies promise you a loan or credit card regardless of your credit history. But they want you to pay a “processing” or other fee first. Those are scams. Learn the telltale signs. What Is an
Consumer Alert

Celebrating Older Americans Month

Bridget Small
During May, the FTC and federal and state organizations nationwide will celebrate Older Americans Month, with “Communities of Strength” as its theme. The FTC works to protect older adults year round

How To Avoid Disaster Recovery Scams

After extreme weather and natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes, you might need to quickly hire someone to help get things back to normal. But don’t hire the first person who

Auto Loan Refinancing Scams

If you're having trouble paying your car loan, you might think about doing business with a company that says they can get you lower monthly payments. But not all refinancing companies play by the

Government Grant Scams

Offers of free money from government grants are scams. Someone might offer you a grant to pay for education, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. But they’re all scams. Here’s how to

Scammers Pretend To Be Your Utility Company

A call from your gas, electric, or water company threatening to immediately turn off your service is probably a scam. Here’s what you need to know. How Utility Scams Work How To Avoid Utility Scams

Fake Prize, Sweepstakes, and Lottery Scams

You get a call, email, or letter saying you won a sweepstakes, lottery, or prize — like an iPad, a new car, or something else. But you can tell it’s a scam because of what they do next: they ask you