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FTC looks for revised Used Car Buyers Guides

Colleen Tressler
The FTC’s Used Car Rule says that dealers have to display a Buyers Guide in every used car they have for sale, and give it to buyers after the sale. The FTC recently checked out how dealers are
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Online love asking for money? It’s a scam.

Carol Kando-Pineda
While plenty of successful relationships begin online, scammers also use online dating sites, apps, and chat rooms to trick you into sending them money. These imposters create fake profiles to build
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Student loan debt relief customers: Take 2 steps

Lesley Fair
Do you have student loans? Did you respond to an ad from Ameritech Financial claiming to offer you debt relief? The FTC has sued Ameritech for deceptive practices and just sent letters about the case
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Scammers create fake emergencies to get your money

Carol Kando-Pineda
“I lost my wallet and ID. I’m stranded — please wire money.” “Your grandson is being held in jail. He needs bail money right away.” Scammers try to trick you into thinking a loved one is in trouble
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Don’t let “FREE” cost you

Emma Fletcher
When a company says you can try its product for free, you might think, why not? Here’s why not: You could end up paying a lot of money for that free trial. Scammers often use free trial offers with
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Getting a vacation rental? Watch out for scams.

Ari Lazarus
With July 4 th right around the corner, plenty of us are still running around trying to book a last-minute vacation rental. If that’s you, here’s what you need to know: scammers are ready with fake
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FTC sues two more in phantom debt scheme

Ari Lazarus
Have you ever gotten a call about a debt that isn’t yours? That’s known as a phantom debt, and today, the FTC and the New York Attorney General’s Office announced that they are suing two players in an
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Military Consumer Month 2018: Fight Imposter Scams

Andrew Smith
July is Military Consumer Month. This year, we’re focusing on fighting imposter scams – where a con artist pretends to be someone you trust, to convince you to send money or personal information. The
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No prizes from the FTC

Todd Kossow
Recently, someone showed up at the door of the FTC to ask about his prize. He had a mailing saying he’d won $5 million – and the FTC had “certified and verified” it. The letter told him to act
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Credit card processing “deals” may be scams

Emma Fletcher
If you’re in a small business, you probably need a way for people to pay you – and ways to lower your costs. Scammers have been working both of those angles, promising businesses that they can save on
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Scams and your small business

Rosario Méndez
At the FTC, our mission is to protect consumers, including small business owners. That’s why , when we see scammers taking money from small businesses, we step in. Today, the FTC announced Operation
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Hawaii’s volcano eruption: Picking up the pieces

Colleen Tressler
While lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption continues to flow, it’s not too early to begin taking stock and developing a recovery plan. Here are a few tips and links to resources to help make the
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Giving wisely in the wake of natural disasters

Colleen Tressler
Natural disasters and weather emergencies are in the news. Whether it’s the volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala or the wildfires in Colorado, it’s heartbreaking to see people lose their homes
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FTC aids criminal prosecutions

Colleen Tressler
The FTC protects consumers by stopping unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices in the marketplace. We conduct investigations, sue outfits and individuals that break the law, and inform people and
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Tips for scam-free travel

Alesha Hernandez
Planning a summer vacation? You may be looking for deals on cheap flights or discounts at hotels and resorts – but some promotions may come with strings attached, and others can be downright scams
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Work from home business scam sidelined

Alvaro Puig
Would you be tempted by an online business training program that promises you could earn thousands of dollars a month working from home? I wouldn’t blame you if you were. But don’t believe the hype
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Protecting your devices from cryptojacking

Jason Adler
Instead of min(d)ing their own business, are scammers using your computer as their virtual ATM? Three years ago, the FTC warned the public and took action against cryptojacking. That’s where scammers
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Free credit freezes are coming soon

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Looking for stronger ways to protect your credit? Thanks to a new federal law, soon you can get free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts. Here’s what to look forward to when the law takes effect
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Online giving portals: what should you know?

Mike Atleson
A common phrase in the world of charities is that there are many ways to give. Making an online donation is one way, and using an “online giving portal” is becoming a popular option. Check out our new
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No gift cards for tech support scammers

Cristina Miranda
Hey computer users, it’s time for a pop quiz. A) You get an urgent call or email from a tech support company, saying your computer has a problem. Should you give the company remote access to your