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When people report scams, deceptive practices, or identity theft, the FTC and other members of the Consumer Sentinel Network regularly use that data for law enforcement purposes. But now we’re examining the information in innovative and interactive ways – and you can, too. The FTC...
The FTC takes in reports from consumers about problems they experience in the marketplace. The reports are stored in the Consumer Sentinel Network (Sentinel), a secure online database available only to law enforcement. While the FTC does not intervene in individual consumer disputes,...
Join experts from the FTC, the Identity Theft Resource Center, and others for an #IDTheftChat on Twitter. We’ll offer tips on protecting yourself from tax identity theft and government imposters and respond to questions. 3:00 p.m. ET
New data released by the Federal Trade Commission shows that FTC actions led to more than $232 million in refunds to consumers across the country in 2019. A core part of the FTC’s mission is to return money to consumers who are harmed by illegal business practices. Over the last four years,...
The FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center co-host a 30-minute Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week webinar on government imposter scams. We’ll talk about IRS, Social Security Administration, and U.S. Census Bureau imposters, red flag warnings, how to protect yourself, and how to...
On Wednesday, February 5, at 10 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET, AARP, the FTC and the U.S. Treasury Department host two telephone Town Hall meetings. Learn how tax identity theft and government impostor scams happen, the red-flag warnings, and what to do if fraud happens to you. We’re holding...
Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Information: Practical Data Security Practices for Your Business. Experts from the FTC and IRS discuss:Protecting your business, customers, and employees against tax identity theftImposter scams that target small businessesPractical...
The FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center co-host two 30-minute Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week webinars. The first webinar, on February 3, focuses on identity theft, its impact on victims, tax identity theft, and recovering from identity theft. The second webinar, on February...
The FTC, Veterans Administration and U.S. Postal Inspection Service co-host a webinar on identity theft, tax identity theft, and government imposter scams, how to protect yourself, and how to recover if fraud happens to you. The program – open to the public – will include scam...
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph J. Simons announced today that Mary K. Engle, currently the Associate Director of the Division of Advertising Practices, will be retiring from the Commission at the end of this month, after 30 years of service to the Commission and consumers.
A Latvian payment processor and its former CEO have agreed to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s complaint against them. The complaint alleges that they engaged in unlawful conduct that enabled a deceptive “free trial” offer scheme by U.S.-based defendants. “Transact Pro helped scammers drain...
The operators of a bogus credit repair scheme are banned from the credit repair business and subject to a wide array of other requirements under settlement terms with the Federal Trade Commission.
Have you had this experience? You hear about a remarkable innovation, but before you can finish the phrase “That’s amaz . . . .” you’ve already jumped ahead to the questions and concerns it raises. That’s how many people are responding to voice cloning – emerging technologies that let...
The Federal Trade Commission has finalized settlements with five companies over allegations they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, which enables companies to transfer consumer data legally from European Union countries to the United States.
The new year has just begun, but the FTC already has delivered its answer to the annual question: Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? The answer? If you’re a past defendant in an FTC case, the FTC won’t forget you.
The Federal Trade Commission has released the final agenda for a January 28, 2020 FTC workshop that will examine voice cloning technologies, which enable users to make near-perfect reproductions of a real person’s voice.
A federal court granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request to temporarily shut down an alleged pyramid scheme known as “Success By Health,” and to freeze the assets of the company and its executives.
California-based mortgage broker Mortgage Solutions FCS also does business under the name Mount Diablo Lending. And according to the FTC, the company gave consumers a devil of a time if they posted negative reviews on Yelp. Is your business pondering how to address unfavorable...

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