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Job hunting? Look out for phony job postings

Gema de las Heras
Scammers are using the names of well-known employers to post job openings that don’t exist. The purpose? Tricking you into sending them personal information or money upfront to get the job. The phony
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Spot extortion scams on LGBTQ+ dating apps

Jim Kreidler
It’s Pride Month and maybe you’re trying to meet someone on an LGBTQ+ dating app. The FTC is hearing about scams targeting people on LGBTQ+ dating apps, like Grindr and Feeld. And they aren’t your
Consumer Alert

Credit discrimination is illegal

Carol Kando-Pineda
Are you looking for a job, housing, or insurance? Did you know your credit affects your ability to get them— and how much you’ll pay? For Pride Month, the FTC wants the LGBTQ+ community to know about
Consumer Alert

Cryptocurrency scams and the LGBTQ+ community

Cristina Miranda
Cryptocurrency is the latest way that scammers are asking people to pay. And that’s important to know, since recent reporting suggests that crypto scams have an outsized impact on the LGBTQ+ community
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Protect your Medicare number, your other info, and your money

Bridget Small
Last year, the FTC got almost a million reports about impersonation scammers — fake government agents, pretend grandkids, bogus sweethearts, and others who took almost $2.3 billion from people across
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Spotting the FTC’s most reported crypto scams

Andrew Rayo
If the cryptocurrency craze feels like a tempting way to make money, or you think you’re missing out, read on. Because, according to the FTC’s new data spotlight, scammers are banking on what you don
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Scammers pretend to be U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Kira Krown
Has the U.S. Border Patrol called you? No, they haven’t. But a scammer might have. In fact, scammers often pretend to be from government agencies to trick you into sending them money or sharing
Consumer Alert

Celebrate Pride, Fight Fraud

Sam Levine, he/him, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection
Fraud affects every community, and some of the most egregious scams and abuses target the LGBTQ+ community. This Pride Month, the FTC wants to help the community fight back. LGBTQ+ consumers face a
Consumer Alert

Scammers are offering student loan (un)forgiveness

Terri Miller
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced another extension of the student loan payment pause. This time the pause runs through August 31, 2022. That news puts student loans back in the
Consumer Alert

Twitter and your privacy

Rosario Méndez
Twitter introduced the world to the concept of communicating in short tweets. But the FTC says that doesn’t mean taking shortcuts with people’s privacy. Today, the FTC announced that Twitter must pay
Consumer Alert

Hang up on imposter scams

Jim Kreidler
When people encounter scams or bad business practices, they report them to the FTC. And what we’ve learned is interesting. Young adults report losing money to scammers more often than older people do
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Is your kid using education technology? Read on

Peder Magee and James Trilling, Senior Attorneys, FTC
Whether in class or at home, kids are probably using technology to do their schoolwork. But have you ever wondered what information that technology is gathering from your kid? The FTC has, and today
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Did you get a payday loan from AMG? You might get a refund

Andrew Rayo
Today, the FTC is sending out a second round of refunds to some of the people affected by a major payday lending scheme operated by AMG Services, Inc. that used names like 500FastCash, OneClickCash
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Not enough baby formula means plenty of scammers

Colleen Tressler
Scammers exploiting the high demand for baby formula have sunk to new lows. They’re popping up online and tricking desperate parents and caregivers into paying steep prices for formula that never
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Applying for jobs? Be on the lookout for scams

Lauren Prather
You might have just graduated from college, but there’s still more to learn when you’re on the job hunt. Not every posting or job recruiter is legit. Learn how to spot the scams. We’ve been getting
Consumer Alert

Honor LGBTQ+ Elders Day – Pass it on.

Ari Lazarus
Today is National Honor Our LGBTQ+ Elders Day. There are many ways to celebrate this important occasion, but here at the FTC, we’re focusing on helping LGBTQ+ elders avoid frauds and scams — and we
Consumer Alert

Want to work from home? Spot the scams first

Andrew Rayo
These days, working from home is pretty common. It’s a win-win for both those hoping to avoid a commute, and companies looking for talent from all over the world. You might even get a call or message