Nicole Vincent Fleming, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

If you’ve ever had a virus on your computer, you know what a nightmare it can be — a slow computer that crashes unexpectedly, your contact lists getting messages that you didn’t send, your online accounts vulnerable to hacking. Perhaps just as frustrating as a virus infecting your computer? Paying someone to get rid of a virus that isn’t there. Here’s how it happens: Scammers call and claim to be associated with a well-known tech company like...

Colleen Tressler , Consumer Education Specialist

The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has left many people asking how they can help. If you’re looking for a way to give, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, urges you to do some research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised — and as you intend. Urgent appeals for aid that you get in person, by phone or mail, by e-mail, on...

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