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Tune into Military Consumer all year long

Kira Krown
As Military Consumer Month comes to a close, the work doesn’t end here. While servicemembers, veterans, and their families do so much for our country, scammers continue to target their hard-earned
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University of Phoenix students get payments

Bridget Small
The FTC is sending a total of almost $50 million to nearly 147,500 students of the University of Phoenix. The money comes from the University’s 2019 settlement with the FTC, when the FTC charged the
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Spot and stop dishonest charity fundraisers

Rosario Méndez
What’s worse than a bogus charity? A bogus charity with a dishonest fundraiser. That’s what we saw in a case announced today against Outreach Calling, Inc., its founder Mark Gelvan, and others. The
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USS Bonhomme Richard – giving to sailors in need

Carol Kando-Pineda
You may have seen reports of the fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard. Dozens of sailors fled the burning ship and lost all their possessions. When a distressing event like this happens, many
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It’s Military Consumer Month 2020

Andrew Smith
Military Consumer Month is here! In these unprecedented and challenging times, we’re focusing on consumer issues related to COVID-19. As of June 30, consumers have submitted more than 115,000 reports
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Military Data Spotlight: Identity theft and servicemembers

Emma Fletcher
Every year, thousands of servicemembers report to us about their consumer experiences. Those reports are the focus of the FTC’s Data Spotlight, Identity theft causing outsized harm to our troops. From
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Veterans, servicemembers, and fraud: by the numbers

Carol Kando-Pineda
When people report scams to the FTC, we learn a lot about how they experience fraud. These fraud reports are important for law enforcement and education efforts. And, as more and more people report
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Free electronic credit monitoring coming soon to the military

Amanda Koulousias
Starting October 31, many members of the military will have access to a free tool to help spot identity theft. The nationwide credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – have
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Where is your online search leading you?

Lisa Lake
Dishonest companies set up websites that look like legitimate places to get information on finding a job, joining the military, or getting government benefits. But they might not help you with any of