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More consumers than ever report falling prey to romance scammers, according to new Federal Trade Commission data that show consumers reported losing a record $304 million to the scams last year.A newly released data spotlight shows that the amount consumers reported losing to romance scammers is up...
The FTC takes in reports from consumers about problems they experience in the marketplace. On October 22, 2020, the FTC launched ReportFraud.ftc.gov, a new site for people to report fraud and other illegal business practices. As always, reports from consumers are stored in the...
Shameka Walker, the FTC’s Identity Theft Program Manager, and ITRC leaders Eva Velasquez and James Lee, talk about current trends in identity theft, the impact of COVID-19-related identity theft, and tips to help keep your personal information safe on the ITRC podcast, The Fraudian...
The AARP Fraud Watch Network talks with Shameka Walker, the FTC’s Identity Theft Program Manager, about COVID-19-related identity theft, current trends, and how to protect yourself. Join the conversation on the AARP Fraud Watch Network Facebook Page.
The FTC will take over the Identity Theft Resource Center’s (ITRC’s) LinkedIn Story to offer tips on protecting yourself against identity theft. Visit the ITRC’s LinkedIn page to learn about different types of identity theft, their warning signs, and how to recover if identity theft...
Join experts from the Identity Theft Resource Center and the FTC for a 30-minute discussion of identity theft during the pandemic — and steps you can take to protect your personal information. We’ll explore topics including identity theft involving unemployment benefits, federal...
In many ways, gift cards ushered in a win-win era. Better gift-giving (and getting) for consumers and increased sales for retailers. But leave it to scammers to try to mess up a good thing. According to an FTC Data Spotlight, gift cards are now the top method of payment favored by...
A new data analysis by the Federal Trade Commission shows that gift cards continue to be the most common form of payment when consumers report losing money to most scammers.
La Comisión Federal de Comercio, junto con 19 socios del cumplimiento de la ley federales, estatales y locales anunciaron hoy una ofensiva a nivel nacional contra las estafas que apuntan a consumidores con promesas falsas de ingresos e independencia financiera fuera de toda realidad.
In November 2020, at the FTC’s request, a federal court in Ohio issued a temporary restraining order against 25 counterfeit websites that allegedly have been playing on consumers’ COVID-19 pandemic fears to trick them into paying for Clorox and Lysol products that the defendants never...
If you saw an email from FTC Chairman Joseph Simons, it wasn’t. From him, that is. Scammers pretending to be him are emailing, though. They’re trying to trick you into turning over personal information, like your birth date and home address, which could help them scam you. So: if you...
Every day, the FTC is collecting data, watching the numbers, and spotting the trends. We’re also spreading the word about COVID-19-related scams that target consumers and businesses. Because the more you know about what’s happening, the easier it will be to protect yourself and others...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refunds totaling more than $700,000 to small business owners who were deceived by a robocall scheme.
A large-scale scam involving phony unemployment benefits claims has been making headlines. Criminals, possibly based overseas, are filing claims for benefits, using the names and personal information of people who have not lost their jobs. The investigation is ongoing, but this much...
As a business owner, you’ve seen the headlines about financial relief that may be available to some companies through the Small Business Administration (SBA). But you’ve also heard about scammers who extract a grain of truth from the news and distort it in an effort to cheat small...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 4,976 refund checks and sending 44,136 PayPal payments totaling over $2 million to consumers allegedly defrauded by American Immigration Center.

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