Scam Alerts

“Pending FTC complaint” emails are fakes

Have you gotten an email with the subject line “Pending consumer complaint” that looks like it came from the FTC? The email warns that a complaint against you has been filed with the FTC. It asks you to click on a link or attachment for more information or to contact the FTC.

These emails pull out all the stops to look official: They have an FTC seal, references to the “Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA)” and a “formal investigation,” and what look like real FTC links. The truth is that they’re fakes. Continue Reading >

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Fake IRS collectors are calling

This time of year is often taxing for many consumers. Scams aimed at stealing taxpayers’ money make the season more stressful. Continue Reading >

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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 >

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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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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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 >

Get Smart: Protect Yourself, Your Friends and Your Family from ID Theft and Fraud

Identity theft is when someone steals your personal information and uses it pretending to be you, usually to get money but sometimes just to be mean. It can happen in many ways, but now that we have so much personal information on our computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, these devices are tempting targets for ID thieves. They don’t even need to steal your phone or computer – they can get the information it contains without your even realizing it. And if they need more information about you, they may try to trick you into providing it. Continue Reading >

Colorado Attorney General unveils top 2013 consumer complaints

In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, the Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office unveiled its list of the top ten consumer complaints of 2013. Consumers filed 8,654 complaints with the Office’s Consumer Protection Section. Continue Reading >

MA AG Martha Coakley’s Office Offers Resources and Outreach Events to Assist in Obtaining Good Consumer Health

Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley’s office has prepared several outreach events during NCPW to provide consumers with helpful information and materials. If you are interested in attending, please view our NCPW webpage for additional details.  Continue Reading >

Welcome to NCPW 2014

Sunday marks the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week. The Federal Trade Commission stands with 74 federal, state and local agencies and organizations to stand up for consumers by highlighting the very best in consumer education resources.

This site offers practical and timely information to help you recognize and report scams; manage debt; use technology wisely; evaluate products and services; fight identity theft; and see the truth behind advertising claims.   Continue Reading >

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