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Consumer Alert

Job scams targeting college students are getting personal

Lesley Fair
If you’ll be seeing college-age relatives over the holidays, warn them about a variation on the “job interview” scam that students looking for summer or permanent employment have reported to us.
Consumer Alert

If DNA test kits are on your holiday shopping list

Lesley Fair
A personalized holiday gift used to mean a shirt with a monogram. But the popularity of at-home DNA test kits suggests that personalized presents have gotten a lot more personal. If genetic test kits
Consumer Alert

Announcing the FTC’s Voice Cloning Challenge

Alvaro Puig
Voice cloning technologies can generate a near-perfect voice clone based on a short audio clip or snippet of someone’s voice. The technology has potential to help people—for example, people who've
Consumer Alert

GoodRx’s not-so-good privacy practices come to light

Alvaro Puig
Nowadays, there are health-related apps and websites everywhere that let you track things like your physical activity, health conditions, caloric intake, prescriptions, and even ovulation. They ask
Consumer Alert

How to recognize a fake Geek Squad renewal scam

Alvaro Puig
Scammers are at it again, impersonating well-known businesses and trying to rip people off. This time they’re pretending to be from Geek Squad, Best Buy’s tech support service. Here’s what we’re
Consumer Alert

Have you been affected by a data breach? Read on

Ari Lazarus
Hackers know a secret many of us share: we reuse passwords. Don’t. That’s one takeaway from the FTC’s case against online alcohol delivery platform Drizly. Here’s what to do after a data breach and
Consumer Alert

Data security applies to charitable organizations, too

Rosario Méndez
This week is Charity Fraud Awareness Week, an effort run by charity regulators, law enforcers, and other non-profit stakeholders from across the world. It’s an opportunity to remind charities and
Consumer Alert

Five things to do to protect yourself online

Alvaro Puig
Your online accounts, computer, and phone hold a lot of your personal, financial, and health information. Information that’s valuable to you — and to scammers who try to steal it. Here are five things