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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.
Consumer Alert

What's a money mule scam?

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle

Scammers may try to use you to move stolen money. If you help them, you could be what law enforcement calls a money mule.

Consumer Alert

No prizes from the FTC

Todd Kossow

Recently, someone showed up at the door of the FTC to ask about his prize. He had a mailing saying he’d won $5 million – and the FTC had “certified and verified” it.

Consumer Alert

Winners are losers in lottery & sweepstakes scams

Colleen Tressler

You get a card, call, or email telling you that you won! Maybe it’s a lottery, sweepstakes, or some other prize. The person calling is excited and can’t wait for you to get your winnings.

Consumer Alert

The FTC will never ask you to send money

Andrew Johnson

If someone claiming to be with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) contacts you and asks you to send money, it’s a scam. Do not pay.