Scam Alerts

FTC hosts Twitter chat to answer consumer questions

To highlight National Consumer Protection Week, the FTC will host a Twitter chat to answer consumers’ questions about common scams on Tuesday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. EST

The chat will cover scams involving government imposters, text and email, identity theft, working at home, timeshares and fake debt collectors.

Follow @FTC, and use the hashtag: #NCPW2014. See FTC Twitter chats to learn more. Continue Reading >

California DCA promotes consumer knowledge at NCPW event

The California Department of Consumer Affairs will be hosting our National Consumer Protection Week event on March 4. 

Please join us for an evening of information and education!  Speakers from the Contractors State License Board, the US Postal Inspection Service, the California Department of Business Oversight, and Covered California will be giving tips and ideas on how to use their programs and protect yourself from fraud.

North Natomas Library

March 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835 Continue Reading >

BBB celebrates National Consumer Protection Week with a BBB Tip-A-Day

To celebrate the 16th Annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), Better Business Bureau is offering savvy consumers seven important tips. Sign up here to receive a BBB tip-a-day on the latest consumer topics. For a decade, BBB has enjoyed supporting NCPW and we are pleased to, once again, encourage every consumer to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed purchasing decisions. Continue Reading >

Share the National Consumer Protection Week video

National Consumer Protection Week — March 2-8 this year — is a time to highlight free consumer resources that help people avoid scams, prevent identity theft and make more informed buying decisions. Just in time for this 16th annual celebration, here’s a new video, available in the NCPW Toolkit, to help you get the word out about the week to your network of colleagues, neighbors, friends and family. Continue Reading >

Random text message? No real prize is waiting for you

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Don’t reply to — or click on — a link for a random text message you see on your phone saying that you’ve won a prize, gift card or an expensive electronic like an iPad. It’s most likely a scam. Continue Reading >

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It might not be you they’re after

If you’re lookin’ for love (sometimes in all the wrong places), chances are you’ll wind up on an online dating site at some point. Those who use dating sites can attest: you’ll meet some nice people there – and you’ll probably meet some weird people, too. You’ll have good dates and bad (and great and awful). And, unfortunately, as some people can attest, you might just meet some scammers. Continue Reading >

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We Want to Hear From You!

Veterans and their families deserve truthful information when choosing how and where to use their military education benefits. Are you getting the straight scoop on what your program will cost, the likelihood of graduating and the chances for getting a job in your field? If you’re not getting the information you need to make an informed decision, the FTC and its agency partners want to know. Continue Reading >

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Homeowners Beware of the Tax Identity Thief

Whether you just bought a home or have owned one for a while, you’re probably looking forward to the mortgage interest deduction you claim when you file your annual income taxes. But what happens when you go to file your return and you discover they’re already filed?

You may be a victim of refund fraud. The Federal Trade Commission is designating January 13-17 as Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to claim YOUR refund or to secure a job. Continue Reading >

To robocall scammers who lied about free medical alert devices: We’ve got your number

The FTC warned people last summer about illegal prerecorded sales calls from scammers pitching safety alert systems for older adults. Continue Reading >

Money Transfer Scams

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service recently distributed thousands of checks totaling $46 million to people who lost money in scams that involved MoneyGram, a popular money transfer service. Continue Reading >

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