For Consumers

National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week

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NCPW.gov is the one site on the web with free consumer information from federal agencies, state governments, consumer organizations and local consumer protection authorities. Come visit us at NCPW.gov!

Immigration

Immigration

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This video shows how someone gets into trouble with an immigration consultant – and then out of trouble again.

Bank Accounts

Bank Accounts

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This video shows how someone compares the costs when choosing a place open savings and checking accounts.

Budgets

Budgets

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This video shows how keeping a budget helps someone pay all his bills.

Money Wiring Scams

Money Wiring Scams

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This video shows some common money wiring scams, and what happens to some people who meet the scams.

Credit Scores

Credit Scores

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This video shows what happens when one person gets a free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com and someone else gets a “free” credit score from a TV ad.

Payday Lending

Payday Lending

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This video shows what happens when someone gets a payday loan but can’t pay it back right away.

Prepaid Cards

Prepaid Cards

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This video shows what happens when someone gets a prepaid card without checking out the fees first.

Tech Support Scam - Undercover Investigation

Tech Support Scam - Undercover Investigation

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Excerpted from an undercover buy between a scammer and an FTC investigator. The scammer claims the investigator’s computer has a problem, but the warning messages he shows her appear on most computers and don’t mean that the computer is infected.

Diversity Visa Lottery Scam

Diversity Visa Lottery Scam

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This video helps people entering the State Department's Diversity Visa Lottery spot, avoid and report scams.

Avoid Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Avoid Foreclosure Rescue Scams

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Scammers are targeting people having trouble paying their mortgages. These so-called foreclosure rescue companies promise to stop foreclosure. But theyre out to make a quick buck, and can turn a homeowners distress into disaster.

Admongo In Action

Admongo In Action

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See Admongo in the classroom as kids play the game and figure out whos responsible for ads, what the ads actually say, and what they want you to do.

Welcome to Admongo

Welcome to Admongo

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Find out whats waiting for you inside the game. Explore, discover and learn about ads: whos responsible for them, what they actually say, and what they want you to do.

Phishy Home

Phishy Home

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Phishing is a scam where Internet fraudsters send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims. To avoid getting hooked visit OnguardOnline.gov.

Phishy Store

Phishy Store

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Phishing is a scam where Internet fraudsters send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims. To avoid getting hooked visit OnguardOnline.gov.

Phishy Office

Phishy Office

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Phishing is a scam where Internet fraudsters send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims. To avoid getting hooked visit OnguardOnline.gov.

Shopping for Light Bulbs

Shopping for Light Bulbs

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Video explaining how understanding lumens and the new Lighting Facts label will help shoppers compare light bulbs.

Scams Against Immigrants

Scams Against Immigrants

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Moncia Vaca, an attorney with the FTC, describes the scams that someone can come across while in the immigration process, how to avoid the scams, and how to report them.

Money Transfer Scams

Money Transfer Scams

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Scam artists use a number of elaborate schemes to get your money, and many involve money transfers through companies like Western Union and MoneyGram.

Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue Scams

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Many so-called foreclosure rescue companies or foreclosure assistance firms claim they can help you save your home. Once most of these foreclosure fraudsters take your money, they leave you flat – without doing what they said they would do.

What To Do If You Get a Robocall

What To Do If You Get a Robocall

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Kati Daffan, attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, explains what a robocall is, when they are illegal, and gives consumers tips on what to do when they get robocalls.

Robocalls Gone Wrong

Robocalls Gone Wrong

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Kati Daffan, attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, explains about the recent dramatic increase in illegal telemarketing robocalls, what the FTC is doing about it, and why it's difficult to trace these calls.

Operation Bottom Dollar

Operation Bottom Dollar

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If you’re looking for a job, you may see ads for firms that promise results. Many of these firms may be legitimate and helpful, but others may misrepresent their services, promote out-dated or fictitious job offerings, or charg

Dealing with Debt Collectors

Dealing with Debt Collectors

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If you are behind in paying your bills, you can expect to hear from a debt collector. A debt collector is someone, other than the creditor, who regularly collects debts owed to someone else.

Consumer Sentinel

Consumer Sentinel

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Consumer Sentinel is the unique investigative cyber tool that provides members of the Consumer Sentinel Network with access to millions of consumer complaints.

FTC v. BlueHippo

FTC v. BlueHippo

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The FTC lodged contempt charge against BlueHippo. The company pocketed more than $15 million from consumers but almost none received a computer.

AnnualCreditReport.com -  Irish Jingle

AnnualCreditReport.com - Irish Jingle

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Anyone can dance a jig, but only AnnualCreditReport.com provides you with a truly free credit report. Its the only authorized source to get your free credit report under federal law.

AnnualCreditReport.com - Rock Jingle

AnnualCreditReport.com - Rock Jingle

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Anyone can write a catchy jingle, but only AnnualCreditReport.com provides you with a truly free credit report. Its the only authorized source to get your free credit report under federal law.

Admongo: Who's Responsible?

Admongo: Who's Responsible?

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Who is responsible for the ad? Help students recognize ads and learn to consider who's behind the ad.

Anatomy of a Cancer Treatment Scam

Anatomy of a Cancer Treatment Scam

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Curious about a product that claims to treat or cure cancer? According to the Federal Trade Commission, consumers should talk to their doctor before trying or buying such products and should not stop or delay their conventional treatment.

The Truth About Medical Discount Plans

The Truth About Medical Discount Plans

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The Federal Trade Commission wants you to know that although some medical discount plans provide legitimate discounts, others take people's money and offer very little in return.