Scam Watch

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.