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How To Evaluate Online Reviews

Online reviews might help you decide what to buy or what company to hire. You should be able to trust that these reviews reflect the honest opinions of people who actually used a product or service
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Shopping for a Mortgage FAQs

Ready to buy a house? Shop around for mortgage loans by getting details and terms from several lenders or mortgage brokers. Use our Mortgage Shopping Worksheet to help you compare loans and prepare to
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Mortgage Relief Scams

Scammers promise to make changes to your mortgage loan or take other steps to save your home, but they don’t deliver. Never pay a company upfront for promises to help you get relief on paying your
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Use Two-factor Authentication to Protect Your Accounts

There probably isn’t a day that goes by without you logging in to at least one account — maybe you check your email, post to your social media, pay bills, send money to your friends and family, or buy
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How To Report Suspicious Online Reviews

Whether you’re a consumer or a business owner, here’s how to report suspicious online reviews across some popular websites. And be sure to tell the FTC: ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Amazon Facebook Google
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Buying a Used Car From a Dealer

Whether you’re 16 or 60, buying a used car can be an exciting experience. But it can also be a big financial commitment, with some industry reports estimating that the average price of a used car is
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Modeling Scams

Could you really be a model or actor? Or maybe it’s your kids who have the right look? You might be flattered — and interested — if a talent scout says you’ve got a future in the business. But you
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When a Business Offer or Coaching Program Is a Scam

If you’ve ever thought about starting an online business, being your own boss, or earning a living from investing, you’re not alone. But many people looking for ways to earn money are finding scams
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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
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Car Dealer Ads and Promotions: Know Before You Go

Looking to buy a car? You might see dealers advertising unusually low prices, low or no up-front payments, low- or no-interest loans, or low monthly payments. Other dealers promise high trade-in
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Financing or Leasing a Car

Shopping for a car? You have options other than paying cash. Whether you finance or lease, here are some things to keep in mind. Before You Buy or Lease a Car Factoring in a Trade-in Financing a Car
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What To Know About Advance-Fee Loans

Some companies promise you a low-interest loan or credit card, but want a fee first. They’re scams. Learn the warning signs.
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Gift Card Scams

Someone might ask you to pay for something by putting money on a gift card, like a Google Play or iTunes card, and then giving them the numbers on the back of the card. If they ask you to do this
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How To Spot, Avoid, and Report Tech Support Scams

Tech support scammers want you to believe you have a serious problem with your computer, like a virus. They want you to pay for tech support services you don't need, to fix a problem that doesn’t
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The Truth Behind Weight Loss Ads

It would be nice if you could lose weight simply by taking a pill, wearing a patch, or rubbing in a cream, but claims that you can lose weight without changing your habits just aren’t true. And some
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What To Do if You Were Scammed

Find out what to do if you paid someone you think is a scammer, or if you gave a scammer your personal information or access to your computer or phone. If You Paid a Scammer If You Gave a Scammer Your