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 »

Don’t Let Skimmers Steal Your Summer Fun

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During a routine maintenance check, a service technician recently found credit card skimmers on five out of eight gas pumps at a Greenville, SC convenience store. While skimmers have been around for more than a decade and countless warnings have been issued, stories like this still manage to catch us by surprise. Now that school’s… Read more »

Keys to avoiding home rental scams

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by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Need more space than an apartment, condo or townhouse can offer, but not ready to buy? A single-family home rental may fit the bill. But not all home rental listings are legit, so here are some tip-offs and tools to help you avoid a rental scam. Read more… Read more »

Get a one-ring call? Don’t call back.

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by Michael Atleson Acting Assistant Director, Division of Consumer & Business Education A while back, we warned you about the “one ring” scam. That’s when you get a phone call from a number you don’t know, and the call stops after just one ring. The scammer is hoping you’ll call back, because it’s really an… Read more »

Learn How to Spot 10 Common Scams

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Some scams are easy to spot. It’s virtually impossible to win an all-expense-paid cruise in a contest you’ve never entered, and your chances of being the last remaining relative of a Nigerian prince are minimal at best. When we receive letters or emails promising wealth and fortune, most of us roll our eyes and laugh… Read more »

Those (not really) IRS calls

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You’ve probably gotten one of these calls: They say it’s the IRS and they’re filing a lawsuit against you for back taxes. They may threaten to arrest or deport you. What do you do?

Getting calls from the SSA?

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Probably not. At least, not from the real SSA. But how many of you have gotten calls from someone who said they were the Social Security Administration? And maybe showed the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) or a number close to it on your caller ID? Lots, right?

Keep tech support strangers out of your computer

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If you need tech help with your computer, where do you go? Most of us probably search online. But your online search can lead you straight to scammers who scare you into thinking your computer is in dire need of repair…and then sell you costly security software that you don’t need.