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Credit card debt relief that wasn’t

Ari Lazarus
Credit card debt can be stressful. Interest rates can be high, and if you miss or can’t make your full payments, that growing balance can be overwhelming. Enter a group of companies that promised to
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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
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Imposter scams targeting veterans and servicemembers

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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
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How to steer clear of a flood-damaged car

Colleen Tressler
Shopping for a car? With new car prices averaging more than $48,000, you may be thinking about buying used. But in the wake of disasters like Hurricane Ian, tread lightly: after a hurricane or flood
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Stay away from scams this Medicare Open Enrollment Period

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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
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Veteran entrepreneurs: Spot the scams

Rosario Mendez
The FTC joins the country in honoring veteran entrepreneurs and their families this National Veterans Small Business Week. We offer thanks as you continue to serve communities all over the nation
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How to recognize a fake Geek Squad renewal scam

Alvaro Puig
Scammers are at it again, impersonating well-known businesses and trying to rip people off. This time they’re pretending to be from Geek Squad, Best Buy’s tech support service. Here’s what we’re
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Prepare for winter weather emergencies while avoiding scams

Terri Miller
Scammers don’t hibernate in the winter. Just like you, they’re watching the weather reports and preparing for storms — and they’re counting on catching you unawares. As you get ready for winter
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Scammers are posing as your TV and internet company

Kira Krown
Did Spectrum or another provider call with an offer to lower your monthly TV, cable, or internet bill in exchange for a pre-payment or fee? It wasn’t them. It was a scammer, and you’re not alone. This
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Getting your finances back on track after Hurricane Ian

Gema de las Heras
After a natural disaster, the road to recovery — financial and otherwise — can be long and bumpy. As you begin picking up the pieces in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, here are some things to think
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Spot and avoid home-related fraud this winter

Gema de las Heras
Between inflation and soaring energy prices, many of us are thinking about how much more it’s going to cost to stay warm this year. Getting an email, a call, or a knock on your door with an offer to
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Student loan scammers are circling. Keep them at bay

K. Michelle Grajales
With the recent announcement of the one-time federal student loan debt relief plan, we knew scammers were on their way. Well, they’re here. The application for debt relief is rolling out any day now
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Be heard. Report scams to the FTC

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We know that scammers target Latinos with calls and ads in English and Spanish because the FTC has sued to stop them. When the FTC hears about the Latino community’s experiences and collects their
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Avoid scams in the aftermath of Merbok, Fiona and Ian

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As recovery efforts continue in areas hit hard by mother nature’s recent bi-coastal punch, scammers are not far behind. They see tragedy as opportunity, and they'll use the devastation caused by
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Mortgage Relief Scams

Scammers promise to make changes to your mortgage loan or take other steps to save your home, but they don’t deliver. Never pay a company upfront for promises to help you get relief on paying your