Identity Theft

Recovering from identity theft is easier with a plan

Hollywood might have you believe that identity theft means a dozen maxed out credit cards, a warrant for your arrest, and a bill for a spa appointment 2,000 miles away. But in real life, identity theft can be sneakier.

It might start with a small credit card charge you don’t recognize. Or a strange new account that shows up on your credit report. Or a letter from the IRS that says you already filed taxes this year. Only you didn’t. If someone uses your information to make purchases, open new accounts, or get a tax refund, that’s identity theft. Continue Reading >

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Cleveland Consumer Action Network Challenges Students in Northeast Ohio Universities and Colleges in Its First Ever College Video Contest

To celebrate National Consumer Protection Week this year, the Cleveland Consumer Action Network (CCAN) is challenging students from several Northeast Ohio universities and colleges to film the most creative and informative videos that highlight one of several consumer issues and help their peers spot, stop, and avoid scams. Continue Reading >

Happy Data Privacy Day!

Sorry, folks, I don’t have any cake to share for this celebration, but don’t let that stop you from participating in Data Privacy Day. There are practical things you can do today, and every day, to protect your personal information. Here are a few scenarios where people may share more information than they intend.

Scenario 1: At the coffee shop, you decide to use an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot to check your bank balance with an app. Continue Reading >

3 ways to use Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week to help people in your life

Looking for a practical way to help friends, family, and your community? We’ve got one: warn them about tax identity theft and IRS imposters.

This week is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week — and a good time to think about what you can do. Here are three ideas to get you started: Continue Reading >

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Get ready for National Consumer Protection Week!

It’s about that time again. Are you ready?

Every year, National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), encourages people and businesses to learn more about avoiding scams and understanding consumer rights. This year, NCPW takes place March 1-7, 2015. NCPW highlights free resources from government agencies and consumer organizations to help people make smarter buying decisions and spot rip-offs. Continue Reading >

Top blog posts of 2014

It’s that time of year when everyone’s compiling their Best of 2014 list. We didn’t want to miss the fun so here’s our own list of the 10 Most Read Consumer Blog Posts of 2014.

10. Is that debt collector for real? told you about a company the courts shuttered for duping consumers into paying $3.5 million in debts they didn’t owe. Continue Reading >

Debt brokers expose sensitive financial info

Companies have left people’s sensitive personal and financial information in all the wrong places — in dumpsters, on car seats, and even in employees’ backpacks.

Now, the FTC has sued two debt sellers for posting spreadsheets with the sensitive information of more than 70,000 people on a public website, making it — along with information about a debt they might owe — available to anyone who happened on the site. Continue Reading >

Russian hackers might have your info — now what?

You may have heard about it in the news: reports that Russian hackers have stolen more than a billion unique username and password combinations, and more than 500 million email addresses, grabbed from thousands of websites. What should you do about it? We asked our resident expert, Maneesha Mithal, director of our Division of Privacy and Identity Protection.

Q. How do you know if your information was part of this hack?  Continue Reading >

Getting your house in order: Steps to take before you deploy

So you’ve just received orders, and you’re due to deploy. Before you go, there are a number of steps you should take to protect your family and financial future.

Know your rights.

The federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act provides protection for active military servicemembers. The law’s purpose is to postpone or suspend certain civil obligations so active duty members of the Armed Forces can focus their full attention on their military responsibilities without adverse consequences for them or their families. Continue Reading >

Military Consumer Protection Day partners to host Twitter chat

To help celebrate the second annual MCPD, MilitarySaves, the Department of Defense, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission will host a town hall/Twitter chat at 2  p.m. EST, July 16. To join the conversation, which is focused on identity theft and credit-related issues, submit questions using the hashtag #MCPD2014

MCPD is part of Military Consumer, a year-round campaign to empower and engage servicemembers, veterans and their families with information related to pocketbook issues. Continue Reading >

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