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 »

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 »