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Consumer Alert

FTC Commissioners aren’t calling you — really

Andrew Rayo
Scammers have been calling, pretending to be people from the FTC. While the names they use might be real, they’re actually scammers — some of them hoping to trick you into thinking they’re an FTC
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Honor LGBTQ+ Elders Day – Pass it on.

Ari Lazarus
Today is National Honor Our LGBTQ+ Elders Day. There are many ways to celebrate this important occasion, but here at the FTC, we’re focusing on helping LGBTQ+ elders avoid frauds and scams — and we
Consumer Alert

Did you get a text from your own number? That’s a scam

Andrew Rayo
Scammers are always thinking up ways to put a new spin on their criminal tricks. This time, they’re sending spam texts to you — from your own phone number. They’ve changed (spoofed) the caller ID to
Consumer Alert

Hang up on auto warranty robocalls

Emily Wu
Have you gotten a recorded phone message from “Susie” with the “Vehicle Service Department” calling about your vehicle warranty? That’s, like, so retro. But fanny packs, scrunchies, and tie dye are
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Refund and Recovery Scams

They’re the worst of the worst: scams that target people who have already lost money to a scam. If you’ve been scammed, you may be targeted by a refund or recovery scam. In these scams, someone says
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Scammers Pretend To Be Your Utility Company

A call from your gas, electric, or water company threatening to immediately turn off your service is probably a scam. Here’s what you need to know. How Utility Scams Work How To Avoid Utility Scams
Consumer Alert

Overpaid your utility bill? That’s probably a scam

Lisa Lake
You get a robocall saying you paid too much on a utility bill. To make up for this mistake, they say, you’ll get a cash refund and a discount on your future bills. All you have to do is press a number
Consumer Alert

Threatening phone scams are targeting parents and immigrants

Cristina Miranda
Two disturbing phone scams have popped up on the FTC’s radar. Both scams have one thing in common: they want to trick (and scare) you out of money. If you live on Staten Island, pay close attention
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Phone Scams

People lose a lot of money to phone scams — sometimes their life savings. Scammers have figured out countless ways to cheat you out of your money over the phone. In some scams, they act friendly and