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Veterans and families: Burial benefits and funeral planning

Carol Kando-Pineda
If you’re a veteran’s surviving family or caregiver, you may be eligible for expanded burial benefits that help cover certain funeral expenses. But scammers may contact you, saying that for a fee they
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Veterans: Need help with mortgage debt? Know your rights

Carol Kando-Pineda
Scammers call or email, pretending to be from the VA or your home loan servicer. They claim if you pay them an upfront fee, they can get you a loan modification or refinancing to avoid foreclosure, so
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Don't let scammers poach your pension and disability benefits

Carol Kando-Pineda
Today we’re focusing on how dishonest “advisers” may try to get your pension benefits and disability compensation, including benefits under the PACT Act. Applying for VA benefits is free and you can
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Veterans and scams

Carol Kando-Pineda
As we approach Veterans Day, we thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice. But not everyone has a vet’s best interests in mind. Whether you left the service decades ago or you’re planning
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Fast cash for a monthly fee with Brigit app? Not so fast

Bridget Small
Paying a monthly membership fee to get instant cash advances of up to $250, with no hidden fees might sound like a great idea. But what if most people who enroll don’t get anything close to $250, get
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This Halloween, don’t get ghosted by scammers

Andrew Rayo
Halloween is almost here. What could be scarier than not having your costume ready? How about ordering a costume online and never getting what you paid for? Scammers are making this season extra
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Unmasking sellers of bogus COVID-19 prevention claims

Colleen Tressler, FTC, Division of Consumer and Business Education
​​​​​​​Even though the COVID-19 health emergency is over, many Americans continue to struggle with treatment for illness ― and the FTC will continue go after bad actors who trick people with claims
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Safely donating in response to the Israel-Gaza crisis

Larissa Bungo
Following the Israel-Gaza crisis in the news and want to help by donating to a charity? Scammers follow the news, too, and are at the ready. Just like in the wake of a natural disaster, scammers set
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Some colleges recruit but don’t tell the truth

Ari Lazarus
When a college or university claims it has relationships with well-known employers, those promises may convince people to attend — even if those promises aren’t true. That’s exactly what happened with
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Fighting fraud against older adults

Bridget Small
Protecting older adults is one of the FTC’s top priorities, and a new report to Congress tells how the agency tackled fraud, scams, and other issues affecting older adults over the last year. It’s
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Job scam targeting influencers

Larissa Bungo
Did you get a message from a “brand ambassador manager” for a national company wanting to pay you to promote their products online? It could be a scam…but how will you know?
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How to avoid Medicare Open Enrollment scams

Bridget Small
October is time for cooler days, warmer drinks, and the start of Medicare Open Enrollment Period. If you have Medicare, October 15 – December 7 is when you can make changes to your Medicare health and
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You now have permanent access to free weekly credit reports

Colleen Tressler
The three national credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — have permanently extended a program that lets you check your credit report at each of the agencies once a week for
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Crypto companies touting FDIC insurance? Not so fast.

Cristina Miranda
If your bank is FDIC insured, you’re protected up to $250,000 if the bank fails. But what about the funds you deposit with a crypto-based financial services provider? Nope. That money isn’t FDIC
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Your tenant background check shouldn’t have mistakes

Bridget Small
Some mistakes are harmless, but mistakes on a tenant background check? Those are serious and can result in a denied application and the loss of housing opportunities. That’s why the FTC and the
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That friend request could be from a scammer

Kira Krown
Scammers are using social media to go after your money and personal information. And it’s working: since 2021, people have reported losing $2.7 billion to scams that started on social media — way more