March 2014

Join AARP and FTC for anti-fraud webinar

Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. Are you next? Continue Reading >

Mind your business (opportunity)

Many people dream about being their own boss. Controlling their own schedule, running things their way, and being in charge of their own earning potential? What’s not to love?

Chasing that dream wisely, though, means knowing the difference between a legitimate opportunity and a scam. Continue Reading >

Planning a funeral? Know your rights

Planning a funeral can be challenging, whether you’re making arrangements ahead of time, or helping others at a time of need. The Funeral Rule, enforced by the FTC, gives you rights that can make planning a funeral more satisfactory. For example, you have the right to buy separate goods (such as caskets) and services (such as embalming or a memorial service). You don’t have to accept a package that may include items you do not want.

We recently updated our information for consumers about funeral planning: Continue Reading >

Dialing for Dollars

There’s a new scam going around – and if your family name is from South Asia, there’s a chance you already know about it. If the scam sounds familiar, that’s because it’s been around for years, targeting one group, then another. Right now, the people being targeted seem to be from India and Pakistan; tomorrow: who can say? Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Outlet shopping: Getting your money’s worth

Who doesn’t like a bargain? I know I do. And anytime I go to the beach on vacation, I head for the outlet malls. One-stop shopping for everything from clothes, shoes and handbags to housewares and home furnishings to luggage and more, with labels I know and trust. And at prices that can’t be beat. Continue Reading >

We want to get your money back!

“They got me.”

If you’ve ever been taken in by a bogus product or service, that may be the first thing you think just as you get that sinking feeling in your stomach.

Fortunately, the FTC’s mission is to get them – the scammers and cheats – and to return the money they made back to you. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Ensuring a Level Playing Field for Women Consumers

The following post originated on the White House Council on Women and Girls' website.

Women represent a significant force as consumers. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I would like to share some recent accomplishments by the FTC that have helped to empower women in the marketplace. Continue Reading >

USCIS Recognizes National Consumer Protection Week

USCIS is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 2-8, 2014. Each year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) coordinates NCPW to encourage consumers to take advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.USCIS is committed to helping you avoid becoming victims of immigration scams. We want to provide customers with information on common scams as well as tips on how to avoid becoming a victim, obtain authorized legal services, and to report scam activity.A few common immigration scams include:  Continue Reading >

Seize the power – know your rights!

Knowledge is power, and if you want to understand the retirement or health care benefits provided by your employer, the Employee Benefits Security Administration has the knowledge you need.

EBSA oversees millions of retirement, health and other private employment-based benefit plans. We develop regulations, enforce the law, and assist and educate workers covered by these benefit plans – as well as employers, plan officials and service providers. Continue Reading >

FCC recognizes National Consumer Protection Week with Consumer Information Expo

In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will host a Consumer Information Expo on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The Expo will include exhibits, tips on avoiding fraud and identity theft on-line and over the phone, and other information.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

FCC Commission Meeting Room

445 12th Street, SW

Washington, DC. 20554 Continue Reading >

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