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 •  December 8

I know most of us are in the midst of holiday planning, parties and gift wrapping – but don’t forget to mark your calendar for National Consumer Protection Week 2018! National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a time when we band together to help people understand their consumer rights and make well-informed decisions about money. Want to join in?...

Federal Trade Commission

 •  December 7

Using your social media account to log into an app or website can be easier than creating a new user name and password. But, after a while, you can collect more apps and become registered on more websites than you really use. This can leave you open to cyberattacks, phishing, and scams. When you use social media accounts to sign up for apps or...

Federal Trade Commission

 •  December 6

United States Marshals protect the federal courts, track down dangerous fugitives, and transport thousands of prisoners. They don’t make calls and threaten to arrest people or fine them for missing jury duty. But scammers posing as Marshals have been making calls like that and tricking people into sending money. The imposters use spoofed phone...

Federal Trade Commission

 •  December 1

It’s a reality of the times we live in—scammers can target people a mile, an ocean, or even several continents away. These kinds of cross-border scams are on the rise, and working with other countries to help protect you is more important than ever. One way we do that is by being a part of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement...

Federal Trade Commission

 •  November 15

Calling all shoppers: The holidays are just around the corner. And whether you like to meander through the mall or search for deals online, the FTC has a gift for you — shopping tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information. Look for rebates. Some can be redeemed at checkout, but most require you to send...

Federal Trade Commission

 •  November 13

The Federal Trade Commission is alerting consumers who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union’s money transfer system between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, that they can now file a claim to get their money back by going to FTC.gov/WU before February 12, 2018.“American consumers lost money while Western Union looked the other way,” said FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K....

Federal Trade Commission

 •  October 24

Scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they’re someone who can be trusted. The practice is called caller ID spoofing, and scammers can fake anyone’s phone number. Today, we got reports that scammers are spoofing the FTC’s Consumer Response Center’s phone number (877-382-4357). But don’t let that stop you from...

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 •  October 19

If you have a smartphone, laptop, or IoT device connected to a Wi-Fi network, the information you send over that network could be at risk. Researchers recently found a bug that lets attackers break the encryption that protects most wireless networks – leaving data you send exposed. The bad news is that this is not a problem with a specific device,...

Federal Trade Commission

 •  October 19

You’ve read recent news stories about a vulnerability discovered in the WPA2 encryption standard. (Some reports refer to it as KRACK – Key Reinstallation Attack.) Should this be of concern to your business? Yes. Does it warrant further action at your company? Absolutely.If you or anyone at your business uses a smartphone, laptop, or IoT device connected to a Wi-Fi network, the information sent...

Federal Trade Commission

 •  October 18

You want the best deal for your next flight, but the choices can be overwhelming. Will you book directly on an airline’s website, or buy through a site that lets you compare costs across multiple airlines? These tips will help you weigh your options and avoid surprises you didn’t bargain for. On cost comparison sites, what seem like...