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If you have a computer or a phone, you’ve probably been targeted by a scammer pretending to be someone they’re not: maybe the IRS, another government official, a family member or friend, or a tech company. These imposters come in many varieties, but work the same way: the person pretending to be...
Debt collection, identity theft and imposter scams were the most common categories of consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network in 2015, according to the agency’s new data book.
La Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) realizará una semana de eventos que se llevarán a cabo entre el 25 y el 29 de enero para aumentar el nivel de concientización de los consumidores sobre la amenaza que plantea el robo de identidad relacionado con impuestos, una estafa...
The Federal Trade Commission will conduct a week of events Jan. 25-29 to raise consumer awareness about the threat posed by tax identity theft, a scam that puts thousands of people at risk every year.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 774 checks totaling more than $444,000 to consumers who lost money to a business directory scam.
A federal court has granted a request by the Federal Trade Commission to shut down a tech support scam that allegedly bilked consumers out of more than $17 million by pretending to represent Microsoft, Apple and other major tech companies.
Bajo los términos de acuerdos resolutorios con la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en español) a los operadores de un falso esquema de reparación de crédito que presuntamente engañaron a consumidores hispanohablantes para que pagaran miles de dólares, supuestamente para mejorar sus...
The operators of a bogus credit repair scheme that allegedly tricked Spanish-speaking consumers into paying thousands of dollars each to supposedly improve their credit will be banned from offering credit repair services and subject to a monetary judgment under settlements with the Federal Trade...
A petición de la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés), una corte federal ha suspendido las operaciones de una compañía que se autodenomina “FTC Credit Solutions”. Presuntamente, la compañía usó una inexistente afiliación con la Comisión para comercializar falsos servicios de...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has halted the operations of a company that calls itself “FTC Credit Solutions.” The company allegedly used false affiliation with the Commission to market bogus credit repair services to Spanish-speaking consumers.
The Federal Trade Commission and 89 partners including nonprofit groups, businesses, and federal, state and local government agencies across the country will spotlight their efforts to protect consumers by educating people about fraud during the 17th annual National Consumer Protection Week March...
Two new defendants have been named in a Federal Trade Commission case against a phony debt relief and credit repair scheme that allegedly deceived consumers about non-existent federal programs to pay off their bills and fix poor credit.
The operator of an alleged “revenge porn” website is banned from publicly sharing any more nude videos or photographs of people without their affirmative express consent, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, he will have to destroy the intimate images and personal...
The Federal Trade Commission’s newest education campaign, Pass It On, encourages older adults to help raise awareness about fraud by talking to their family, friends, and neighbors about avoiding common scams.
Can you spot a government imposter? Even if your phone’s caller ID says “FTC” or “IRS,” or shows Washington, DC’s “202” area code, it could still be a scam. Scammers know how to show fake information on caller ID.
The Federal Trade Commission asked a federal court to shut down a scam that targeted financially distressed Americans by pitching a phony debt relief and credit repair program, and by falsely claiming the program was provided and funded by the federal government and endorsed by President Obama.
New Federal Trade Commission actions have stopped three Montreal-based telemarketing operations that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from small businesses, churches, nonprofits and local government agencies by charging them for unwanted listings in online “yellow pages” directories. In...
If you’re looking for love, you might end up on an online dating site, where, as some people will attest, you’ll meet all kinds of people.  Unfortunately, though, you might just meet some scammers. So, especially as Valentine’s Day nears, look out for warning signs of a scam, such as any request...
The Federal Trade Commission testified before a U.S. Senate Committee regarding the agency’s law enforcement and educational efforts to combat deceptive and unfair practices that impact servicemembers and their families.
One of the defendants in an alleged tech support scheme has agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint against him and give up the money he made from the scheme.

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