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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

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
Consumer Alert

Keep calm and avoid Coronavirus scams

Sachit Gali
One thing we know about scammers is that they follow the headlines. So it’s not surprising that we’ve seen so many Coronavirus-related scams recently. From scammers selling fake COVID-19 cures and
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

Get a one-ring call? Don’t call back.

Michael Atleson
A while back, we warned you about the “one ring” scam. That’s when you get a phone call from a number you don’t know, and the call stops after just one ring. The scammer is hoping you’ll call back
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
Consumer Alert

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