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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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Update: C-SPAN-2 to Broadcast Consumer Protection Summit in Washington

If you are in Washington D.C. on March 8, you’re invited to attend a Consumer Protection Summit presented by the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s Consumer Protection Working Group.

THE EVENT WILL ALSO BE LIVE ON C-SPAN 2.

The Summit will expose some of the most egregious activities committed by fraudsters today, provide information on how consumers can protect themselves, and share what the Consumer Protection Working Group is doing to combat fraud in these areas.

Some of the dangers that will be discussed include: Continue Reading >

Understand Your Basic Telemarketing Rights

How can you tell the difference between a legitimate telemarketing call and a scam? If you think it's difficult, you're not alone. Three-quarters of the adults recently surveyed by Consumer Federation of America said that they thought it was hard for most consumers to tell. And while 9 in 10 said that they were concerned about the possibility of fraud when they get telemarketing calls from companies they haven't done business with before, many did not know their basic telemarketing rights. Knowing your rights can help you spot a scammer. Continue Reading >

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Variations on a Scheme

We’ve heard reports that a variation on an old scam is making the rounds. It sounds like this:

<Ring, ring>

Unsuspecting person who answers the phone:  Hello?

Scammer who is calling:  Ma’am, I’m calling from the government. We’re about to send out national medical cards for the new Affordable Care Act. You’re one of the lucky people to get yours first, so I just need to confirm your name, address and phone number.  Oh, and your bank account number, too… Continue Reading >

Update: C-SPAN-2 to Broadcast Consumer Protection Summit in Washington

If you are in Washington D.C. on March 8, you’re invited to attend a Consumer Protection Summit presented by the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s Consumer Protection Working Group.

THE EVENT WILL ALSO BE LIVE ON C-SPAN 2.

The Summit will expose some of the most egregious activities committed by fraudsters today, provide information on how consumers can protect themselves, and share what the Consumer Protection Working Group is doing to combat fraud in these areas.

Some of the dangers that will be discussed include: Continue Reading >

6 Tip-offs to Rip-offs: Don't Fall for Health Fraud Scams

Bogus product! Danger! Health fraud alert!

You’ll never see these warnings on health products, but that’s what you ought to be thinking when you see claims like “miracle cure,” “revolutionary scientific breakthrough,” or “alternative to drugs or surgery.”

Health fraud scams have been around for hundreds of years. The snake oil salesmen of old have morphed into the deceptive, high-tech marketers of today. They prey on people’s desires for easy solutions to difficult health problems—from losing weight to curing serious diseases like cancer. Continue Reading >

Tweet Your Consumer Questions to the Experts

Got questions about debt collection, identity theft or online safety? Here’s your chance to get them answered, live, by consumer protection experts.

On Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 PM EST, the Federal Citizen Information Center of the U.S. General Services Administration and the Federal Trade Commission and will host a Twitter chat to answer your questions about debt collection, guarding against identity theft, protecting yourself and loved ones online, and other consumer protection topics. Continue Reading >

National Consumer Protection Week: Be An Educated Consumer

The Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency joins federal and state government agencies for the 15th Annual National Consumer Protection Week March 3-9 to provide practical tips to help consumers make better financial decisions. Continue Reading >

Federal, State, & City Agencies in New York Name Top Consumer Complaint Categories

On Tuesday, March 5, staff from the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau, and other government and private groups will gather in New York City to announce the top consumer frauds and complaints of the past year.  The speakers will explain the top categories of complaints each organization received in 2012. Local consumers will be on hand to talk about their experiences with some of these scams. Continue Reading >

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