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Operation Ruse Control

Shopping for a car can be fun and exciting. But wading through ads and promotions from car dealers also can be stressful. Some advertise unusually low prices, low or no up-front payments, low- or no-interest loans, or low monthly payments. But the FTC says to use caution: Not all dealers play by the rules. Continue Reading >

Social Security initiative highlights zero tolerance for fraud

At Social Security, we provide benefits that are economic lifelines for millions of Americans—including many with severe disabilities—and we work hard to preserve these critical resources for only those who should receive them.

We have zero tolerance for fraud.  And, we back up this commitment with strong protections, policies, and our dedicated employees whom we encourage to report suspected fraud. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Rent-to-Own: Consider your alternatives

Need a sofa, washer/dryer, TV, or new tires? Don’t have the cash or credit to buy them outright? You may be considering rent-to-own: simply make weekly or monthly payments for a while and you own the goods. Continue Reading >

Been hacked or hijacked? Read this.

Your email’s been hacked — what do you do?

Your computer’s been hijacked by malware — how do you get it back?

If you’re not sure where to start — or you’re the person everyone asks for help getting started — we’ve got two new videos, in English and Spanish, with the steps to help.

Don’t just watch — share the videos with friends and family, neighborhood listservs, groups you’ve joined. You’ll be spreading good computer karma Continue Reading >

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Technology, Scam Alerts

Been hacked or hijacked? Read this.

Your email’s been hacked — what do you do?

Your computer’s been hijacked by malware — how do you get it back?

If you’re not sure where to start — or you’re the person everyone asks for help getting started — we’ve got two new videos, in English and Spanish, with the steps to help.

Don’t just watch — share the videos with friends and family, neighborhood listservs, groups you’ve joined. You’ll be spreading good computer karma Continue Reading >

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Technology, Scam Alerts

It’s the IRS calling…or is it?

Here at the FTC, we think about scams all day long. What are the scammers’ new angles? How can we keep ahead of them? We hear from people about the scams they see, and we turn that into tips people use to spot and avoid scams.

But scammers find FTC staff, just as they find the rest of America. My colleagues and I have even gotten calls on our work phones, offering reduced credit card interest rates, or claiming to be tech support calling about problems with our computers. We also get the calls at home. In fact, someone claiming to work for the IRS called my house just last week: Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Credit card use denied at retail foreign exchange firms

National Futures Association (NFA) recently announced that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved banning the use of credit cards to fund retail foreign exchange (forex) and futures accounts. The ban became effective January 31, 2015. Continue Reading >

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Investing

Your top 5 questions about unwanted calls and the National Do Not Call Registry

1. How can I make it stop?

You signed up for the Do Not Call Registry ages ago, but you’re suddenly getting a bunch of unwanted calls. What can you do? Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Protecting Your Online Brokerage Accounts from Fraud

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to help investors protect their online brokerage accounts from fraud.  As with all web-based accounts, investors should take precautions to help ensure that their online brokerage accounts remain secure.  These online security tips can help.    Continue Reading >

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Technology, Investing

Protecting Your Online Brokerage Accounts from Fraud

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to help investors protect their online brokerage accounts from fraud.  As with all web-based accounts, investors should take precautions to help ensure that their online brokerage accounts remain secure.  These online security tips can help.    Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Technology, Investing

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