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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 >

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 >

NFA to shine a spotlight on fraud during Money Smart Week

Crime, especially in comic books, is said to never sleep. And like Batman, who is well-versed in combating endless streams of criminals, the National Futures Association (NFA) is similarly committed to helping consumers fight against fraud at all times. To this end, for the seventh straight year, NFA will present a series of seminars during Money Smart Week, a nationwide public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Continue Reading >

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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 >

How to Spot and Beat Fraud in the Commodities Markets

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is the federal government agency that regulates the commodity futures, commodity options, and swaps trading markets. There has been a sharp rise in trading fraud in recent years. Much of the fraud involves foreign currency trading, precious metals, and commodity pools. Following is information about these offers and simple ways to spot the ones that could be scams.

There are several signs of possible fraudulent sales pitch: Continue Reading >

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Investing, Scam Alerts

Things to Know if You Are About to Trade Commodities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is the federal government agency that regulates the commodity futures, commodity options, and swaps trading markets. To help fight fraud, Congress established the CFTC Customer Protection Fund in 2010 and the agency created an Office of Consumer Outreach in 2011. While most individuals do not trade in the commodities markets, the CFTC’s Office of Consumer Outreach has information for those that do.

Always follow these basic principles before you trade in the commodities markets: Continue Reading >

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Investing

Tax Time Is the Perfect Time to Save

This post is part of a series for National Consumer Protection Week

Filing taxes doesn’t have to be the worst. For some, tax time can offer an opportunity to set some money aside for goals or a rainy day. Continue Reading >

Outsmarting Investment Fraud

We've all heard it before: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." But the trick is figuring out when "good" becomes "too good." Investment fraud criminals make their living by making themselves and their schemes sound legitimate. Continue Reading >

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Investing, Scam Alerts

Start Small, Think Big – Military Saves

If you’re a member of the military community – or you work with servicemembers and their families – you’ll want to know about Military Saves, a campaign to persuade military families to save money every month.  Managed by the Consumer Federation of America, Military Saves has been part of the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign since 2003. While Military Saves is a year-round effort, DoD has designated this as Military Saves Week to bring extra attention to saving and financial readiness. Continue Reading >

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