Scam Alerts

Fraud Affects 25 Million People: Recognize Anyone You Know?

The FTC is always working to know more about the types of fraud being committed and who spends money on them. Consumers provide us with useful information through periodic surveys that ask them to share the important details about their recent marketplace experiences and a bit about themselves.  Continue Reading >

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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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Investing, Scam Alerts

Is Your Mobile Bill a Cram Sandwich?

People have long complained about unauthorized charges — cramming — on the bills for their landlines. The FTC has responded loudly and clearly, bringing more than 30 cases, getting tens of millions of dollars back for consumers, and advocating for reforms to eliminate landline cramming. But fraudsters, trolling for new opportunities to cheat consumers, have found the bills for people's mobile devices to be fertile territory. 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 >

Claims Not “Up To” Expectations

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Do you believe “real” claims like “Lose up to 50 pounds with a weight loss shake” or “New windows will reduce your heating costs up to 50 percent?” Continue Reading >

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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

Traveling for Spring Break?

Oh yes, it’s that sweet time of year again — Spring Break is almost here! Whether you’re off to sunbathe on the sand, see the sights, or ski the slopes, it pays to be an informed travel shopper.

You might find your inbox overflowing with tempting discount offers for your getaway. But can you tell the difference between a legitimate travel deal, and a scam? If you’ve got a minute, take a listen to our travel tips to avoid travel tricks. Continue Reading >

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Get Your 2013 Consumer Action Handbook!

The 2013 Consumer Action Handbook is available!  The Handbook, from the Federal Citizen Information Center, packages practical tips, resources, and websites from government and consumer organizations.  It makes it easier to get the information you need about issues including credit, healthcare, education, cars, housing, and privacy. Continue Reading >

These Prizes Were No Gems

It’s exciting news — the caller says you’ve won a new car, a boat, jewelry, a fabulous vacation, or a cash prize. All you need to do is buy some vitamins — for $300 to $500 — to claim it.

But this “promotion” from American Health Associates is really just the latest scheme from a repeat scammer, the FTC says. A scheme that’s now been stopped, thanks to the FTC.

People who paid got nothing but vitamins or were sent “prizes” like cheap costume jewelry or lithographs worth a lot less than what they had paid. Continue Reading >

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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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