Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education

If you needed yet another nudge to start keeping an eye on your credit report to protect against identity theft, Capital One has delivered it with its announcement that a data breach has exposed the personal information of 106 million of its credit card customers and credit card applicants in the...

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 and phone calls,...

Carol Kando-Pineda, Staff attorney, FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection

Military Consumer Month is drawing to a close for this year — but the work to stay ahead of con artists doesn’t stop. Here are some resources to share with your social networks throughout the year. Learn more about how to avoid scams: https://youtu.be/HrzN1e1qgLc Want to let others know how to...

Carol Kando-Pineda, Staff attorney, FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection

Have you heard about fake Medicare calls? Scammers say they need your Medicare number so you can get a back or neck brace. Or they need your information or money so you can get a new Medicare card. If you or someone you know gets a call like this: Hang up. If someone calls claiming to be from...

Jim Rice , Staff, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Misadventures in Money Management ( MIMM.gov ) is the CFPB’s virtual learning tool to help military personnel navigate ways to avoid financial pitfalls. Recently, the CFPB expanded the availability of MiMM.gov to all active-duty servicemembers, including those in the Reserve or the National Guard...

Lisa Lake, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

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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 test...

The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, The Securities and Exchange Commission

Celebrities, from movie stars to professional athletes, take to TV, radio, and social media to endorse a wide variety of products – sometimes even investment opportunities. But a celebrity endorsement does not mean that an investment is legitimate or that it is appropriate for all investors. It is...

Lesley Fair, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission

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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 Facebook’...

Carol Kando-Pineda, Staff attorney, FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection

Tech support scammers want you to believe you have a serious problem with your computer, like a virus. They want you to pay for services you don't need to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. They often ask you to pay by wiring money , putting money on a gift card , prepaid card, or cash reload card...

Alvaro Puig, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

In September of 2017, Equifax announced a data breach that exposed the personal information of 147 million people. Under a settlement filed today, Equifax agreed to spend up to $425 million to help people affected by the data breach. If you were affected by the Equifax breach, you can't file a...

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