Member Tip: What to Do When You (and Your Kids) are Online at Home

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Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission Article by Jennifer Leach, Associate Director Division of Consumer & Business Education: What to Do When You (and Your Kids) are Online at Home If you have kids in school, there’s a good chance they’re kicking off their school year…in your living room. All the while, you might be… Read more »

Member Alert: Those free COVID-19 money offers on WhatsApp and Facebook are scams

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Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission Article by Diana Schiller, Investigator, Division of Marketing Practices: Those Free COVID-19 Money Offers on WhatsApp and Facebook Are Scams Have you seen a message on WhatsApp or Facebook offering you free help during the pandemic? People have reported seeing messages that seem to be from Pepsi, Walmart, Whole… Read more »

Member Alert: Tips to Help You Avoid Post-Disaster Scams

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Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission Article by Colleen Tressler, Consumer Education Specialist: Tips to Help Avoid Post-Disaster Scams Whether you’re getting ready to deal with Laura or Marco, the storms about to hit the Gulf Coast, dealing with the ravages of wildfires out West, reeling from the derecho that struck the Midwest, or facing… Read more »

Member Alert: 2020 Census Visiting Homes and Sending Emails

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Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission Article: 2020 Census: Visiting Homes and Sending Emails The Federal Trade Commission is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to help you guard against potential census scams. Knowing how the 2020 Census process works, what information you will — and won’t — be asked for, and some red flags… Read more »

Member Alert: COVID-19 Spoofing Loan Relief Webpage via Phishing Emails

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Excerpt from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Article: Malicious Cyber Actor Spoofing COVID-19 Loan Relief Webpage via Phishing Email The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is currently tracking an unknown malicious cyber actor who is spoofing the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 loan relief webpage via phishing emails. These emails include a malicious link… Read more »

Member Alert: 1, 2, 3 Videos to Help You Stop Unwanted Calls

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Excerpt from FTC Article: 1, 2, 3 Videos to Help You Stop Unwanted Calls by Jabari Cook, FTC Intern, Division of Consumer & Business Education It can be frustrating to deal with a bunch of unwanted calls. If you answer them, you might hear a recorded message of someone trying to sell you something. Or… Read more »

Member Alert: Video Shows How Scammers Tell You To Pay

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Excerpt from FTC Article: Video Shows How Scammers Tell You to Pay by Sachit Gali, FTC Intern, Division of Consumer & Business Education Scammers make up all kinds of stories to get your money, from telling you that you’ve won a prize, you owe a debt, or your family member is in an emergency. But… Read more »

Member Alert: Utility Company Calling? Don’t Fall for It.

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Excerpt from FTC Article: Utility Company Calling? Don’t Fall For It. by Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist Every day, millions of people who have lost their jobs are making difficult choices about how to pay their bills. As the Coronavirus continues to spread, scammers are taking advantage of people’s heightened economic anxiety. Their latest ploy… Read more »

Member Alert: Protecting Your Stimulus Check – Part 2

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Excerpt from FTC Article: The IRS Won’t Call You About Your Stimulus Money by Lisa Lake, Consumer Education Specialist Most people have already gotten their economic stimulus payments, but the Internal Revenue Service is still sending them out. If you haven’t gotten yours yet or have questions about it, the IRS has a number you… Read more »