Scam Alerts

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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Don’t believe me?

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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Scam Alerts

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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Scam Alerts, Technology

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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Investing, Scam Alerts

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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Scam Alerts

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 >

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