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Scammers are tricking more people into buying gift cards

Cristina Miranda
According to the newest Data Spotlight, 40,000 people reported losing a whopping $148 million in gift cards to scammers during the first nine months of 2021. Those are staggering numbers which have
Consumer Alert

Hot rental car market = scams

Emily Wu
The weather is getting warmer, and you might be itching to travel again. The mountains, the beach, and the trails are calling you — and everyone else. At least that’s what it feels like when you start
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Gift Card Scams

Someone might ask you to pay for something by putting money on a gift card, like a Google Play or iTunes card, and then giving them the numbers on the back of the card. If they ask you to do this
Consumer Alert

They give love a bad name

Jim Kreidler
Leaving broken hearts and empty bank accounts, romance scammers give love a bad name. Now that you know how many people experience romance scams, and how to spot the scams, take some anti-scam action
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Stop Gift Card Scams

You care about your customers. Help them avoid gift card scams. Stop Gift Card Scams is a consumer education campaign sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission and its partners to fight scams that use
Consumer Alert

Holiday ‘grift’ exchange?

Carol Kando-Pineda
It’s the 4th day of Consumer Protection and ’tis the season of…gift cards. Even in Santa’s workshop, it’s one of the most popular ways to give to family and friends for the holidays. But gift cards
Consumer Alert

On the first day of consumer protection…

Jim Kreidler
Welcome to the FTC’s 12 Days of Consumer Protection, a holiday series to help you save money and avoid scams. Each day, we’ll cover a new topic — from shopping online and bogus shipping notifications
Consumer Alert

Did someone tell you to pay with gift cards? It’s a scam

Traci Armani
Maybe someone said you’ve won the lottery, a prize or sweepstakes. Or they claim to be from the government and tell you there’s a problem with your Social Security number. And, to collect your
Consumer Alert

Video shows how scammers tell you to pay

Sachit Gali
Scammers make up all kinds of stories to get your money, from telling you that you’ve won a prize, you owe a debt, or your family member is in an emergency. But some things stay the same: scammers