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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

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 >

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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 >

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Technology

Make Computer Security One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Exercise more. Floss daily. Remember anniversary this year. Something’s missing… computer security! Your list of resolutions isn’t complete until you add “update my security software” and “protect my passwords” to the mix. Don’t worry, it’s not time consuming. Protecting yourself from scammers, hackers, and identity thieves is definitely something you’ll want to do this year. Continue Reading >

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Technology

Painting Over the Truth

Thinking about a new look for your home in the new year? Maybe you’re planning to use a tax refund to finally redo a few rooms? Before you buy any paint, know this: if you’re looking to avoid volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can potentially harm the environment and your health, you need to look for low-VOC or VOC-free base paint and colorant. Recently, paint companies Sherwin-Williams and PPG agreed to settle FTC charges they misled people into thinking their paints didn’t contain VOCs. Continue Reading >

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