Ari Lazarus, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Phishing scams can be hard to spot. For example, we’ve been hearing about one where people get a text message saying that there’s a package waiting for them, and asking them to click a link to learn more. Sounds innocent enough, right? Unfortunately not. The messages are coming from scammers. In...

Jennifer Leach, Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

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 working away, yourself, in some carved out corner at home. The start of a new school year is a good time to double-check your online set-up at home, since lots of...

Jennifer Leach, Associate Director Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

Being broke is expensive. Right now, so many people are scrambling to figure out how to make rent, cover utilities, pick up some work, get their unemployment checks, and keep body and soul together. When it’s getting down to the end of the month, if people have exhausted personal loans through...

Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

With more people seeking delivery services during the Coronavirus pandemic, many companies are looking for drivers to shuttle meals, medicine, groceries, and other items to people at home. Before you think about making some extra cash as a delivery driver using your own vehicle, you need to be...

Jennifer Leach, Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

As we publish this post, a second stimulus package has not yet been finalized by Congress. While there’s a lot we don’t know, we DO know a few things about what scammers do when this kind of uncertainty is in the headlines. If there’s another stimulus payment, you won’t have to pay to get it. Just...

Jennifer Leach, Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

Those mysterious seeds from China have been in the headlines, but we’re also hearing about other stuff that people are getting that looks connected to the seed mystery. There could be a few things going on, so let’s start unraveling the Great Unwanted Goods Mystery of 2020. First, DON’T PLANT...

Joint blog , by the Department of Defense (DoD), the FTC, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Military Consumer Month is over and it’s time to think about how we can support servicemembers all year long. Seven years ago, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched Military Consumer Protection Day to highlight fraud affecting servicemembers. Since then, the observance has grown into a...

Carol Kando-Pineda, Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education

We’re at the end of July – and Military Consumer Month is just about finished. But the work goes on. Find us all year long at MilitaryConsumer.gov , and check back often for more resources to share with your networks and help them steer clear of scams. Learn more about how to avoid scams: https://...

Carol Kando-Pineda, Counsel, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education

You may have seen reports of the fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard. Dozens of sailors fled the burning ship and lost all their possessions. When a distressing event like this happens, many folks look for ways to help. But you also want to make sure your money gets to the people you want...

Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

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 is posing as representatives from utility companies to...

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