Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Questions? Get answers, how-to tips, and general information about FTC programs.

Competition

How does the Bureau of Competition help protect consumers?

The work of the Bureau helps protect and strengthen free and open competitive markets and ensure that businesses compete fairly. Aggressive competition among sellers gives consumers access to quality goods and services.

Get Early Termination Notices on Twitter

The FTC regularly publishes notices of Early Terminations (ET) of the Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification waiting period for proposed mergers and acquisitions.

Get an Advisory Opinion from the FTC

FTC staff or the Commission may offer industry guidance for proposed conduct. The FTC staff has provided more information about this process.

Consumer Protection

Solving Consumer Problems

If you aren’t satisfied with a product or service, there are steps you can take to resolve the problem and

Avoiding Scams and Rip-Offs

Here are 10 things everyone can do to avoid scams and fraud.

Questions about Getting Refunds from the FTC

Sometimes the FTC is able to get people all their money back. In other cases, we’re not. If that happens, the FTC gives as much money back to each buyer as possible.

FTC Info

File Documents in Adjudicative Proceedings

The paper originals, and requisite paper copies thereof, of all filings in adjudicative proceedings that must be filed with the Office of the Secretary should be (1) delivered to Constitution Center, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Suite 5610, Washington

Third Party Services

The FTC uses third-party services such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to communicate and interact with the public.

Leaving the FTC Website

Our websites link to pages located on sites maintained by other agencies and organizations. Once you access another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site.