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Consumer Alert

Here’s where to get FREE COVID tests

Gema de las Heras
With the reopening of the federal government program to order no-cost COVID-19 tests, there are more options to get free tests this year. But how do you know what’s legit and what’s a scam? Read on.
Consumer Alert

What proposed FTC updates to the Eyeglass Rule mean for you

Colleen Tressler, FTC, Division of Consumer and Business Education
The FTC enforces the Eyeglass Rule, which gives you the right to get your eyeglass prescription — whether you ask for it or not — and at no extra charge once your eye exam has been completed. Having a
Consumer Alert

Stay away from scams this Medicare Open Enrollment Period

Gema de las Heras
If you or one of your loved ones are on Medicare, you’re probably aware that open enrollment ends on December 7. And you’re probably reviewing and comparing different options to select a plan that’s
Consumer Alert

Health insurance covers at-home COVID-19 tests

Colleen Tressler
While you can no longer get free COVID-19 test kits from the federal government, if you have health insurance, you’re covered for eight free over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests each month. So if
Consumer Alert

Free COVID test scam targets people on Medicare

Gema de las Heras
Scammers have been targeting Medicare recipients with a fake offer to get “free COVID tests.” They’re calling and running websites, online and television ads to try to convince people to give their
Consumer Alert

Is that health insurance, a health product, or a scam?

Cristina Miranda
Looking for health insurance can be confusing. But if you run across a company that deliberately tricks you into signing up for insurance or health products that don’t deliver (and are hard to cancel)
Consumer Alert

Not enough baby formula means plenty of scammers

Colleen Tressler
Scammers exploiting the high demand for baby formula have sunk to new lows. They’re popping up online and tricking desperate parents and caregivers into paying steep prices for formula that never
Consumer Alert

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
Consumer Alert

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
Consumer Alert

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
Consumer Alert

It’s official: Get free COVID test kits at COVIDtests.gov

Colleen Tressler
There’s a new federal resource to get free FDA-authorized coronavirus test kits. At COVIDtests.gov, you’ll find information about testing and a link to the U.S. Postal Service – special.usps.com
Consumer Alert

Don’t assume every COVID-19 test site is legit

Ari Lazarus
If you’ve been looking for a COVID-19 test, you probably know that they are in short supply. Unfortunately, scammers love to “help” with shortages. They’ve created fake and unauthorized at-home
Consumer Alert

How to avoid buying fake COVID tests online

Colleen Tressler
The news is filled with images of long lines at in-person COVID testing sites and reports of limited supplies of at-home test kits. It’s not a surprise that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug
Consumer Alert

How to spot and avoid common health scams

Jim Kreidler
As a caregiver for a family member with special health needs, you know that shopping, making meals, or just regularly spending time with someone who can’t get out much can profoundly improve their