Scam Alerts

Sharing the Real Wealth

When money’s tight, work-at-home opportunities can sound like just the thing to make some extra cash. Unfortunately, many of these “jobs” are rip-offs. Today, the FTC announced that it will mail over 50,000 refund checks to consumers who were scammed by Real Wealth, a company that allegedly peddled bogus work-at-home offers. Continue Reading >

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Trending

In 2012, the FTC received more than 2 million consumer complaints – a first in the history of the Consumer Sentinel Network. The #1 category of complaints? Identity theft. This tidbit is from the hot-off-the-press Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2012, a fascinating analysis of complaints received in Sentinel during the previous calendar year. Continue Reading >

Veterans, CYA – Cover Your Assets!

If you’re a veteran over 65 — or related to one, you are a target for a particularly ugly type of scam that involves “poaching” your pension. Unscrupulous “advisers” — attorneys, financial planners, and insurance agents — are trying to sell you financial or legal products to move your assets around without giving you the whole truth about the long-term consequences. Continue Reading >

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Free NCPW 2013 Events in the Cleveland Area

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is once again marking its calendar for National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). This year, NCPW will be March 3-9. Along with its federal, state, and local partners, the FTC will kickoff NCPW on Monday, March 4, 11:00 a.m., at Tower City in downtown Cleveland. Get FREE information and resources at the Tower City kickoff event or at any of these FREE local NCPW events:

 

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

What: Free Brief Advice and Referral Clinic at the Langston Hughes Center Continue Reading >

The New Fraud.org – A Hub For Anti-Fraud Education and Advocacy

National Consumers League (NCL) is proud to announce the relaunch of its anti-fraud education and advocacy campaign, Fraud.org. Today’s announcement is the culmination of nearly a year of work by the League to update its signature anti-fraud program to address the continued challenge of fighting rampant online and telemarketing fraud. Continue Reading >

And They Called It Puppy Love…

The big bright eyes, the wet little nose, the soft fur fringed around a face you want to cuddle and coo. You’ve fallen in love with a picture of the cutest puppy (with a bright red bow), after responding to an ad that says “free to a loving home.”

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Avoid Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scams

The FTC is mailing hundreds of refund checks to consumers duped by a debt relief services company that ran an extensive credit card interest rate reduction scamContinue Reading >

Looking Online for Your Valentine?

Lots of people use online dating sites to find love. Unfortunately, cupid can sometimes be a con artist in disguise.

Be sure to know the difference between a real romance and a scammer cruising for a target. If an online love interest asks for money — for any reason — you may be dealing with a scam.

Got a minute? Check out our audio tip for more on how to avoid a broken heart and a busted wallet. Continue Reading >

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Trusting Your Sources

You read the news to get the facts. But what happens when that “newsy” site isn’t news at all? Continue Reading >

Consumer Protection, Plain and Simple

Have you ever wanted to know what to do about a problem, but not wanted to read lots of information to get your answer? Sure, it might be interesting, but in that moment you just want to know what to do. 

If your problem was a consumer protection issue, we may have your answer: consumer.gov. It’s a free new resource from the Federal Trade Commission that gives you the consumer protection facts, plain and simple.  Continue Reading >

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