Identity Theft

Your First Line of Defense

We’re all consumers and information is the first line of defense in the marketplace. Everyone can benefit from amping up their consumer know-how and getting the inside skinny on avoiding scams. That’s true for servicemembers, veterans, and their families, too. And that’s the spirit behind Military Consumer Protection Day, July 17. The FTC, the Department of Defense, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Military Saves have teamed up for this first ever MCPD to kick off a year-round campaign to empower the military and veteran communities. Continue Reading >

Going Mobile

If you want easy access to reliable consumer tips and advice while you’re on-the-go, check out the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new mobile-friendly navigation for our library of consumer information. You’ll have ready access to more than 1,000 helpful articles, videos, and audio tipsContinue Reading >

Give Dad the Gift of Cyberspeak

Does your dad think spyware is James Bond’s tux? When you tell him to be careful about phishing, does he ask you about mercury levels in the lake? When you remind him to clear the cookies on his PC, does he remind you he doesn’t eat in the office?

If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to give Dad a lesson in cyberspeak. Continue Reading >

A Guide to Protecting Foster Kids’ Credit

Every year, more than 26,000 kids in the United States age out of foster care. Remember how difficult it was to navigate through the world when you were 18? Now imagine you had to do it with nearly no support system – and with a mountain of debt in your name, thanks to identity theft. Continue Reading >

Slam the Door on Phishing Scams

Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has released new tips and a short, funny video to help you spot and avoid phishing. Continue Reading >

Something Smells Phishy…

Have you ever received an email from a business that asked you to respond with personal or financial information? Maybe even a text from a company that threatened to close your account if you didn’t verify your identity? That smells phishy.

Scammers are looking to lure you in with bogus emails and pop-ups that seem safe. In fact, if they get your information, they’ll use it to commit fraud.

Learn how to sniff out phishing attacks and avoid being scammed.  Continue Reading >

Guest Post: LawHelp.org Offers Legal Help to Consumers

Each year, thousands of people will face a consumer problem with a legal dimension – for example homeowners dealing with loan modification scams, or people with debts incurred because of identity theft or a medical emergency. Finding help with these issues can be challenging, and for families with limited means, a single incident of identity theft or being victimized by a scam can wipe out hard-earned resources and put their financial stability at risk.  Continue Reading >

FTC Annual Highlights

Springtime: For us here at FTC headquarters, it means warm weather, cherry blossoms on the National Mall, and the publication of the agency’s Annual Highlights. Take a look at our highlights for the past year, presented in an interactive format, and find out how the FTC: Continue Reading >

Resolving Identity Theft? How to Help

FTC staff has a proud history of collaborating with legal services and victims’ rights groups, sharing legal resources and information and training hundreds of advocates throughout the country about a number of important consumer protection issues. Along the way, we’ve gotten many questions about how to help people reduce their risk of identity theft — and how to help them recover from the crime. 

This new video describes two comprehensive FTC resources for dealing with identity theft: Continue Reading >

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Identity Theft

HOWARD COUNTY URGES PARENTS TO GUARD AGAINST CHILD ID THEFT

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is reminding parents this week that they can take specific action to prevent identity theft by freezing their child’s credit report.  As of January 1, 2013, the Maryland Child Identity Lock bill, passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2012, allows parents to freeze the credit report of a minor prohibiting the credit agencies from releasing information to potential creditors, even if they do not already have a credit record. Continue Reading >

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