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During National Consumer Protection Week 2018, March 4-10, the FTC will co-host four Facebook Live chats (including one in Spanish) with other federal partners. Tune in to find out how to avoid frauds and scams, including imposter scams, and what you can do about identity theft.

Here’s how you can find the Facebook Live chats:

  • Tuesday, March 6th @ 7pm EST: FTC staff will join for a Facebook Live chat on the top frauds and scams, and ways to avoid them. To participate, follow FTC and on Facebook.

The Facebook Live chats will also run some shareable (and entertaining) consumer protection videos. You’ll learn about some free consumer education materials that you can order and share. And we’ll talk about some of the latest results from the 2017 Consumer Sentinel Data Book (coming soon!). Hope to see you there.

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February 26, 2018
All this sessions are you ever going to take ANY ACTION on person on FACEBOOK that is imposing as representative of the FEDERAL GRANT IN STAUNTON, VIRGINIA? BURGESS IRIES!
February 27, 2018

this is no my fold so i share my facebook if i winn but here you newer winn in sweeptakes 10 dol, amazon cart for 3 mouth what ,you can buy for 10 dol, amazon?

all my money is stake, i asked sweeptakes dont lye me i need money for my treatment i am very sick . every day i go to hospital for treatment that why i playd ,to winn anduse this money for my tratment before was scam ,he did fake delivery 1,5 milion dol, 10000 dol, 5000 dol 10.000 dol i have emails from him that the delivered to me but it was newer i can send all fake emails give me your email i send to abuse pch, they told me that send to you, but its nothing help, just told me that i am winn ,but its scam. how many times i askes to sweeptakes dont lye me i need money for treatment , he dont care he said me that i winn coffe made, i newer drunk coffe doctor said newer drink coffe than he send me email warm cacao, he playd with me who, can help me? so yestoday i winn 500 dol, they ask me to share in my facebook i did share, but today they said i am not winner so, i cant wait any more i cany live with scam, please help me if \you can you can cherk my winner for 3 month sorry,

February 26, 2018
I was informed, that nurses, including students, are getting scammed by sites stating they are either a "program that teaches them how to pass their state boards', or a site that leads them to believe they are a 'school where they can get their education". The informant on the topic states he did some "investigating", by "googling the names and credentials for each person listed on the site to back up what they were saying." All were false and pieces put together from other web sites, pictures, etc. Now to prove he is who/what he says he is, he posted his information in an email to his members he supports, that can be googled and verified truth.
February 26, 2018
Is there a scam now that pops up on your laptop screen that says warning: you have been infected with RDN/Trojan worm Microsoft tech support to fix. 866-296-7079.
FTC Staff
March 05, 2018

In reply to by DH

That pop-up could be a sign of a scam.

Scammers may call, place alarming pop-up messages on your computer, or set up fake websites to convince you that your computer is infected. The scammers try to get you on the phone, and then work to convince you there’s a problem. Finally, they ask you to pay them to fix that non-existent problem. This FTC article about tech support scams tells how the scam works and what to do if you get a pop-up.

February 26, 2018

I've been scammed by a supposed Sgt Kelvin Johnson. ARMY I was stupid...I sent him money I didn't have please watch for these names Kelvin Johnson Ogundare Abiodun Olayemi From Nigeria

February 28, 2018

In reply to by Lratliff

This is a common phishing scam. Best thing to do is DO NOT reply or contact them in the email. Forward it to the ftc/fcc immediately. It's hard not to help people, just be careful when it comes to emails/phone calls. There's all kinds of information on how to avoid scams of any type. If in doubt, do research before you trust the call/email. One more thing, take a look at the sender's email address. Copy and paste into a search engine like google. If no results, it's most likely a scam. If there are any reports about it, read them. It's generally easy to determine from those results whether the email address is fake or not.
February 27, 2018
like more information
February 27, 2018
Who is person not me my name is kharidja. A. Nichols I deaf. Age 68 now
February 27, 2018

It is not bood for kids from 15,16,17,18,19,20,21 to use for a model Child. USA is Greasy.

February 27, 2018
The cyber intrusion that we suffered did exactly as the wanted it to ... We have all the shut down devices and nobody cares .... They just keep on believing the evil ones that are responsible. Such a government we have!
March 05, 2018
I have pleased of this privacy
March 09, 2018
Contact support
April 18, 2018
I was just scammed on Facebook and Messenger and don't know where to report it. There use Federal Government Grant program say there Federal Employee.
FTC Staff
June 19, 2018

In reply to by Jules58

You can report that to the FTC at The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations

September 22, 2018
Does Amarillo National Bank send people to clean their ATMs on Saturdays? Or are these people up to no good ?