January 2013

No more bill shock? Help keep your cell phone company honest

Cell phone companies have pledged to help you avoid surprise charges on your bill.

Now we need your help to make sure they keep their promises.

First, a little background: Twenty percent of cell phone customers surveyed by Consumer Reports in 2011 had been jolted by an unexpected charge on a bill during the previous year. More than a third said the additional cost was $30 or more. Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Technology

Pyramids of Fortune?

Thinking of joining a multilevel marketing program to make some extra money? Before diving in, make sure you’re not dealing with a pyramid scheme. They’re illegal, and for good reason. Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Investing, Scam Alerts

Data Privacy Day Is January 28th

Data privacy is so important, there’s a day dedicated to it. The National Cyber Security Alliance is kicking off Data Privacy Day with an event on January 28, 2013, at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Panelists will explore data stewardship and privacy innovation, as well as the implications for personal information in an on-demand mobile environment. FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen will keynote the event. Continue Reading >

Promoting due diligence: NFA offers more tools for investors to conduct background checks

As more individual investors consider adding futures and off-exchange foreign currency (forex) trading to their investment portfolios, it's essential that they find out as much as they can about a firm before opening a trading account. That’s why National Futures Association (NFA) has been working diligently during the past year to upgrade our investor research capabilities in an effort to provide greater transparency for futures investors and assist them in conducting due diligence. Continue Reading >

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Investing

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Winter’s here, and boy, does your utility bill show it! If you’ve got a minute, take a listen to some tips from the FTC on how to cut your energy costs.  Read more Continue Reading >

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Your Home

Gear up for a Great NCPW!

The 15th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is March 3 - 9. Government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private sector groups from coast to coast have come together here to share information that can help you make smart decisions about a slew of subjects, including privacy protection, money and debt management, and recognizing identity theft, frauds and scams. Continue Reading >

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NCPW News/Events

Scammers Target Businesses with Fake Emails

A favorite trick for rip-off artists is to pretend to represent a trustworthy and respected organization. Today — and we mean that literally — we’re hearing from businesses that have received email exploiting the good name of the Federal Trade Commission. We don’t want you to lose money or valuable information to a scam artist sending a phony message claiming you’re a target of the FTC. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts, Technology

The Clock Is Ticking for Students Seeking Financial Aid

It’s that time of year again. If you’re a college student seeking financial aid, you should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you can. While the deadline for submitting the FAFSA is June 30th, many states and schools allocate funds on a first-come, first-served basis, and some states have deadlines for filing the FAFSA to be eligible for certain kinds of aid. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

New York Cracks Down on Notario Fraud

The New York Department of State (DOS) recently announced the adoption of new regulations for notaries public aimed at protecting the public from unscrupulous notaries who use their title to commit fraud and cheat people by posing as immigration professionals and attorneys. The DOS oversees the commissioning and enforcement of the notary public occupation. “For a long time now, con-artists have been hiding behind the veil of the notary public occupation to commit egregious acts of fraud and victimize thousands of people in our state. Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Scam Alerts

FCC and Partners Launch Smartphone Security Checker

More than 20 million Americans will unwrap a new mobile device this holiday season, but most smartphone users admit they don’t know how to protect themselves from mobile security threats. With mobile cyber attacks increasing every year (threats increased 367% in 2011), it’s important that consumers stay protected against growing risks such as viruses, malicious apps, and mobile device theft. Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Technology

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