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TurboTax’s “free” tax prep service: often not free

Ari Lazarus
It’s tax time, and like many people, you might be looking for a tax preparation service — especially one that’s free. Intuit, the company that owns TurboTax, has gotten a lot of people’s attention
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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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FTC says credit repair operation fleeced its clients

Seena Gressin
The last thing people who turned to Alex Miller Credit Repair for help needed was to end up in worse financial shape than when they began. But, according to a lawsuit the Department of Justice filed
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HomeAdvisor’s home improvement leads needed work

Amy Hebert
If you’re in the home improvement business — whether it’s kitchen remodeling, landscaping, or something else — getting quality leads on people looking to hire a business like yours might be worth
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College students: We want to hear from you

Amy Hebert
If you’re a college student, or a student in a vocational or certificate program, there are scams that specifically target you. This National Consumer Protection Week, we’ve been focused on how scams
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Scammers pretend to be the FTC again

Jennifer Leach
Scammers are back at it, pretending to be FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and staff at the FTC. They’re emailing, saying there’s an award ready to be collected (for a fee), or an outstanding
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Share your experiences to help stop bogus money-making offers

Rosario Mendez
Companies offering jobs, business opportunities, investments, or other money-making opportunities often talk about how much money you can make. But many people have lost time and money to companies
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Fraud and older adults – what’s your story?

Bridget Small
Every year millions of people report fraud, scams, and bad business practices to the FTC. Your stories help us better understand how fraud affects every community. During National Consumer Protection
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Servicemembers: Reporting for duty

Carol Kando-Pineda
National Consumer Protection Week is a time to shed light on how scammers will try to rip off anyone, including the military. The FTC’s military dashboard compiles five years’ worth of reports from
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LGBTQ+ community: The FTC wants to hear from you

Ari Lazarus
This National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), we’re focused on how scams affect every community — including the LGBTQ+ community. Scammers often like to impersonate familiar people, organizations
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This NCPW, help reach every community

Jennifer Leach
We know scammers target people everywhere. So this National Consumer Protection Week, we’re focusing on how fraud affects every community. In blog posts and events this week, we’ll highlight scams
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Spilling the tea on the latest COVID-19 cure claim

Jim Kreidler
Wouldn’t it be nice if all you had to do to get rid of COVID-19 was drink some tea? Well, selling people easy, feel good products — without competent scientific evidence — is something scammers are
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Join these NCPW events next week

Ari Lazarus
National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) 2022 is coming up next week, and we hope you’ll join some of the virtual events. NCPW is a time when the FTC joins with local, state, and national partners to
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DeVry students, read this

John D. Jacobs
If you went to DeVry, you might have already gotten money back from the FTC. That’s thanks to a 2016 FTC settlement with the school over allegations that it didn’t tell the truth about how likely it
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The top frauds of 2021

Bridget Small
Every year, people report fraud, identity theft, and bad business practices to the FTC and its law enforcement partners. In 2021, 5.7 million people filed reports and described losing more than $5.8
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Love, not Money

Jim Kreidler
Chocolates, flowers, and spending time with your special someone are all Valentine’s Day traditions, but what about helping a friend or loved one spot and avoid a romance scam? Even though a romance