Technology

Something Smells Phishy…

Have you ever received an email from a business that asked you to respond with personal or financial information? Maybe even a text from a company that threatened to close your account if you didn’t verify your identity? That smells phishy.

Scammers are looking to lure you in with bogus emails and pop-ups that seem safe. In fact, if they get your information, they’ll use it to commit fraud.

Learn how to sniff out phishing attacks and avoid being scammed.  Continue Reading >

Guest Post: LawHelp.org Offers Legal Help to Consumers

Each year, thousands of people will face a consumer problem with a legal dimension – for example homeowners dealing with loan modification scams, or people with debts incurred because of identity theft or a medical emergency. Finding help with these issues can be challenging, and for families with limited means, a single incident of identity theft or being victimized by a scam can wipe out hard-earned resources and put their financial stability at risk.  Continue Reading >

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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Scam Alerts, Technology

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 >

If They’re App-y and You Know It

Have kids in your life? Then you’ve probably got a collection of kids’ apps — or soon will. Whether it’s a game on your phone or a math app on your tablet, find out what apps might be doing — but might not be telling you — and what you can do about it:

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Technology

Mystery Shopper Reveal: Are You Selling Entertainment to Kids?

Guess who recently went undercover to see if entertainment ratings were enforced when teens tried to buy age-restricted video games, movies, or music?

It wasn’t Columbo, Sherlock Holmes or the Pink Panther. Continue Reading >

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Technology

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

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 >

Which HTC Devices Will Get Security Updates?

The FTC and HTC America announced a settlement recently that requires the company to fix security flaws in their smart phones and tablets that put users’ sensitive information at risk. If you’re wondering whether your device was affected, you’ll be relieved to know there’s a new webpage for HTC users that lists affected HTC devices and the status of updates, along with a toll-free number for information (866-449-8358) that is staffed from 8 am to 1 am EST. Continue Reading >

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Technology

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