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The FBI won’t ask you for money — that’s a scam

Gema de las Heras
Unwanted calls are annoying — but when a caller says they’re an FBI agent collecting on a legal judgment entered against you, it’s also scary. No matter how urgent and serious the call sounds, neither
Consumer Alert

Imposter scams targeting veterans and servicemembers

Gema de las Heras
As we continue to honor and celebrate veterans, scammers increase efforts around holidays — like Veteran’s Day — to try to take advantage. Right now, a banking scam is tricking veterans (and current
Consumer Alert

What are people reporting at DoNotCall.gov?

Amy Hebert
In the past 18 years of the National Do Not Call Registry, those of you signed up for the registry (244 million phone numbers right now) have reported millions upon millions of unwanted sales calls
Consumer Alert

When scam calls target your client or loved one

Amy Hebert
Calls from scammers are annoying and can cause a lot of trouble when you realize, too late, that they’re scams. What’s even worse? When they target a client or loved one you’re caring for. So today
Consumer Alert

Unwanted calls: Just block ’em and report ’em

Jim Kreidler
Unwanted calls are annoying. They can feel like a constant interruption — and many are from scammers. Unfortunately, technology makes it easy for scammers to make millions of calls a day. So this week
Consumer Alert

When it comes to scams, let’s look out for one another

Daniel Kaufman
This pandemic has brought lots of side effects. Lost jobs, lost income, and lost homes are themes we see around the country — and scammers know just how to take advantage of these worries. Another
Consumer Alert

Grandma got a scam call from a reindeer

Jennifer Leach
When it comes to unwanted calls, there are a few universal truths. First, you can’t trust caller ID. Second, nobody likes a robocall. And third, it’s all about call blocking. If you watch The
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“You’ve won! Now pay us” is always a scam.

Jim Kreidler
During these difficult economic times, it is easy to imagine our financial problems disappearing by winning a big prize. Who wouldn’t like to win a million dollars, a new car, or a vacation home? But
Consumer Alert

Robocall reports still down, FTC still fighting

Lois Greisman
A couple months ago, we told you the good news that people had been reporting getting fewer robocalls, and we told you about how some of the FTC’s work might have played a part in that. We have more
Consumer Alert

Grandparent scams in the age of Coronavirus

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
“Grandma: I’m in the hospital, sick, please wire money right away.” “Grandpa: I’m stuck overseas, please send money.” Grandparent scams can take a new twist – and a new sense of urgency – in these
Consumer Alert

Socially distancing from COVID-19 robocall scams

Karen Hobbs
Scammers – and scammy companies – are using illegal robocalls to profit from Coronavirus-related fears. Listen to some of the latest scammy robocall pitches, so you can be on the lookout and know how
Consumer Alert

Getting bombarded by scam calls? You’re not alone.

Jim Kreidler
The Social Security Administration (SSA) scam is the number one scam reported to the FTC right now. As soon as a caller threatens you, or demands you pay them with a gift card or by wiring money, it’s
Consumer Alert

Scams and older consumers: Looking at the data

Lesley Fair
The FTC just sent a report to Congress called Protecting Older Consumers 2018-2019. The report suggests steps to take to help protect older consumers from fraud. But the evidence also shows a thing or
Consumer Alert

What Do Not Call complaints are telling us

Amy Hebert
Have you gotten a call from an imposter, maybe someone pretending to be with the Social Security Administration, IRS, or a tech support company, this year? If so, you’re not alone. Calls from
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Who’s reporting robocalls?

Paul Witt
Have you ever reported an unwanted call to the FTC, whether it’s a robocall (where you hear a recorded message) or call from a live person? If so, thank you. Reporting, I’m sorry to say, won’t end
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FTC and partners tell robocallers to call it quits

Amy Hebert
Tired of robocalls? So are we. Today the FTC and state and federal partners announced Operation Call it Quits, an effort to go after robocallers. As part of the announcement, the FTC has new videos
Consumer Alert

What to do about robocalls

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Not another robocall! We’ve all felt that way. Wondering what to do about robocalls? Check out this new video: The FTC worked with AARP to create a series of videos about imposter scams – including
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Those (not really) IRS calls

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
You’ve probably gotten one of these calls: They say it’s the IRS and they’re filing a lawsuit against you for back taxes. They may threaten to arrest or deport you. What do you do? Watch this video to
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Untangling a robocaller web

Amy Hebert
Sick of getting robocalls and other unwanted calls? You can learn more about how to block them at ftc.gov/calls. You also might know that the FTC continues to go after the people and companies behind
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That’s not your neighbor calling

Emma Fletcher
When your phone rings and it looks like a local call, you may be more likely to answer. Scammers count on this and can easily fake caller ID numbers. They even can match the first six digits of your
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