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Scammers can fake caller ID info

Your phone rings. You recognize the number, but when you pick up, it’s someone else. What’s the deal?

Scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local, someone you trust – like a government agency or police department, or a company you do business with – like your bank or cable provider. The practice is called caller ID spoofing, and scammers don’t care whose phone number they use. One scammer recently used the phone number of an FTC employee. Continue Reading >

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Eat, drink and be wary

Looking for a good time and good eats at a good price? Getting a deal on a food festival or other event is terrific. But don’t let scammers leave a bad taste in your mouth by taking a big bite out of your money — and giving you nothing in return. Continue Reading >

The FTC’s best of 2015

Here at the FTC, we spend most of our time working to protect your consumer rights and promote fair competition among companies. We conduct investigations, bring cases, give people tips and advice, help businesses comply with the law, and advocate for consumer-friendly policies around the world.

Every once in a while, we take a moment to measure our impact and consider what we’ve accomplished. That lets us explain our approach to people and companies that want to know, and helps us plan for the future. Continue Reading >

FTC and states wrap up largest charity enforcement action ever

Last May, we told you that the FTC, along with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, announced a complaint against four sham charities. Children’s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society agreed to shut down, but Cancer Fund of America (CFA) and Cancer Support Services (CSS) refused – until now. Continue Reading >

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Orange County (FL) focuses on fraud for NCPW

In 2015, Florida ranked first for fraud and third for identify theft consumer complaints nationwide. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford ranked 32nd for fraud and 22nd for identify theft. Sadly, con artists like to ply their trade in our region.

Florida — especially Central Florida — is a transient state with millions of tourists yearly. Predators see this as a golden opportunity since families enjoying vacation tend to let their guards down. But the presence of tourists doesn’t make residents any safer from fraud. The internet has added more opportunities to entice people into a trap. Continue Reading >

Anyone Can Be Scammed - Regardless of Race, Ethnicity or Status

In 2009, NeighborWorks America launched its national campaign to educate homeowners on loan modification scams and help them avoid foreclosure. Loan Scam Alert brought a newfound hope, arming our nation’s residents with information to fight scams aimed to take advantage of those interested in lowering their monthly payments. Loan Scam Alert continues to inform consumers and encourage all homeowners to: Continue Reading >

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Consumer protection this week, and always

Sunday marks the start of the eighteenth annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). It’s a time to learn about and share information to help people make more informed buying decisions and recognize, guard against, and report scams and fraud. Continue Reading >

Executive Office for Immigration Review hosts stakeholder teleconference and webinar

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) invites you to participate in a teleconference and webinar on our fraud and abuse prevention and recognition and accreditation programs.

DATE: Friday, March 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Continue Reading >

Consumer complaints to the FTC increased in 2015

The FTC received more than 3 million complaints in 2015. That’s up from 2.5 million in 2014. Some of the increase can be attributed to the fact that more people know to complain to the FTC about bad business practices, frauds and scams. Technology helped, too — more complaints are reaching the FTC through the convenience of mobile apps. The top three complaint categories are still debt collection, identity theft, and imposter scams. Continue Reading >

No debt relief for mortgages and student loans

If you feel in over your head with debt, a company’s promise to lower your mortgage or student loan payment might seem like a lifeline. Unfortunately, dishonest companies promising debt relief can make a bad situation worse. Continue Reading >