By Amy Hebert, FTC If you’re a college student, or a student in a vocational or certificate program, there are scams that specifically target you. This National Consumer Protection Week, we’ve been focused on how scams affect every community. We want to let you know about some scams that might
By Jim Kreidler, FTC As 2021 winds down, lots of us are making resolutions for a fresh start in the New Year — maybe to exercise regularly, get our finances in order, or spend more time with friends. But your list isn’t complete until you add “update my security software”
By Linda Nwoke Have you or someone you know ever been scammed? In 2020, consumers received over $480 million refunds through the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) effort. One of their missions is to investigate and ensure the reimbursement of money to defrauded or consumers turned victims of illegal business practices. Scams
You’ve probably seen ads from companies promising a “new credit identity” — that is, a fresh start for your credit history. It may seem like just the thing you need to get your credit back on track, but it’s actually a scam. These companies often sell Social Security numbers illegally.
By Emily Wu, Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Many people have gotten their advance Child Tax Credit payments this year, but scammers are taking advantage of this new program to try to trick you out of money or information. They’re pretending to be the IRS, contacting people
By Cristina Miranda, Consumer FTC There’s a fake IRS email that keeps popping into people’s inboxes. It says that you can get a third Economic Impact Payment (EIP) if you click a link that lets you “access the form for your additional information” and “get help” with the application. But