Member Alert: Protecting Your Stimulus Check

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Excerpt from FTC Article: Did A Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility Take Your Stimulus Check? by Lois Greisman, Elder Justice Coordinator Do you or a loved one live in a nursing home or assisted living facility? Are you (or they) on Medicaid? If you said “yes” to both, please read on and prepare to… Read more »

Member Alert: Sophisticated Social Engineering Scams

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You may have heard of the term “social engineering”. In simplistic terms, it is when scammers exploit human psychology to gain access to data versus using technical hacking techniques. Some examples may include: On the Phone – The scammer impersonates a colleague to get insider information, not publicly available. In the Office – The scammer… Read more »

Free cruise? Try illegal robocall with an upsell.

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Last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced charges against the operators of a telemarketing scheme known as “free cruise” who were illegally soliciting robocalls and dialing numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. Per the FTC, “Robocalls trying to sell you something are illegal unless a company has your written permission to call you… Read more »

New Online Reporting Form for Impostor Scam Calls

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Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, and Gail S. Ennis, the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, announce the launch of a dedicated online form at https://oig.ssa.gov to receive reports from the public of Social Security-related scams. These scams—in which fraudulent callers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for purported… Read more »

Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits

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Last week, the Federal Trade Commission reported a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam. Impostors will robocall individuals, alerting them that their SSA benefits will end – which is not true. Currently, this scam is the number one scam reported by the FTC with 73,000 reports being documented within the first six… Read more »

Worshipers Targeted by Gift Card Scam

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by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC We’re seeing a new spin on gift card scams. This time, scammers are pretending to be a pastor, rabbi, priest, imam, or bishop. They’re asking worshipers for gift card contributions for a worthy cause. Appeals are often made by email, but we’ve heard people are also getting texts… Read more »

What the FTC Facebook settlement means for consumers

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by Lesley Fair Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC The next time users visit Facebook, things might not look different, but big changes are brewing behind the scenes. The FTC’s record-breaking $5 billion settlement requires Facebook to conduct a massive overhaul of its consumer privacy practices. The settlement also makes major changes to… Read more »

Medicare does not give out DNA kits

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by Lisa Lake Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Here’s one that goes to show just how creative scammers can be. The FTC is getting reports that callers claiming to be from Medicare are asking people for their Medicare numbers, Social Security numbers, and other personal information…in exchange for DNA testing kits. The callers might say the… Read more »

Mystery shop ’til you drop? Not so fast

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by Lisa Lake Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Who wouldn’t love getting paid to shop and dine at cool places and then review them? Whether you’re a student looking for a summer job or someone wanting to start a side or full-time business, mystery shopping sounds like an exciting option. But while some mystery shopping opportunities… Read more »