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What are people reporting at DoNotCall.gov?

By Amy Hebert, Federal Trade Commission

Jan 4, 2022 | posted by Conner Williams
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In the past 18 years of the National Do Not Call Registry , those of you signed up for the registry (244 million phone numbers right now) have reported millions upon millions of unwanted sales calls over the years. Here’s a quick look at what you’ve reported this year at DoNotCall.gov about the...

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The Google Voice scam: How this verification code scam works and how to avoid it

By Alvaro Puig

Dec 27, 2021 | posted by Jason Nugent
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It’s Cyber Security Awareness month, so the tricks scammers use to steal our personal information are on our minds. If there’s one constant among scammers, it’s that they’re always coming up with new schemes, like the Google Voice verification scam. Have you heard about it? Here’s how it works....

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Scammers are tricking more people into buying gift cards

By Cristina Miranda, Federal Trade Commission

Dec 21, 2021 | posted by Conner Williams
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According to the newest Data Spotlight , 40,000 people reported losing a whopping $148 million in gift cards to scammers during the first nine months of 2021. Those are staggering numbers that have increased each year for the past several years. Since 2018, gift cards have been the most...

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’Tis the season for student loan scam calls

By Emily Wu

Dec 15, 2021 | posted by Jason Nugent
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If you have a federal student loan, you probably already know that the Coronavirus emergency relief program that has paused your payments is ending. Repayments will begin again after January 31, 2022. Scammers know it, too, and are looking for ways to take advantage: they’re calling, texting,...

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Child Tax Credit scammers are still reaching out

By Emily Wu

Dec 8, 2021 | posted by Jason Nugent
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Many people have gotten their advance Child Tax Credit payments this year, but scammers are taking advantage of this new program to try to trick you out of money or information. They’re pretending to be the IRS, contacting people by phone, text, email, and social media — and sending people to...

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Looking for a new job? Watch out for scams

By Ari Lazarus, Federal Trade Commission

Nov 30, 2021 | posted by Conner Williams
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As we wrap up National Caregiver Month, the FTC wants to recognize all the incredible work that caregivers like you do every day. The work is seen and unseen and helps people in both physical and emotional ways. We know caregiving can be tough on your finances, too. So if you’re looking for a...

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Don't Send Them The Money Just Yet - Family Emergency Scams On The Rise

By Lisa Lake

Jun 17, 2021 | posted by Charlie Mouy
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Instead of telling you a ghost story around a summer campfire, we have an all-too familiar tale to share: Myra’s grandson, Jon, is in Mexico for the summer. They video chat every week. One day, Myra gets a call from someone who says he’s Max, a friend of Jon’s: “He was arrested last night and...

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Hang up on auto warranty robocalls

By Emily Wu

May 20, 2021 | posted by Jason Nugent
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Have you gotten a recorded phone message from “Susie” with the “Vehicle Service Department” calling about your vehicle warranty? That’s, like, so retro. But fanny packs, scrunchies, and tie dye are back — and so are vehicle warranty robocalls. It starts when you pick up a call and hear a...

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Unwanted calls: Just block ’em and report ’em

FTC Consumer Information

May 13, 2021 | posted by Jason Nugent
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Unwanted calls are annoying. They can feel like a constant interruption — and many are from scammers. Unfortunately, technology makes it easy for scammers to make millions of calls a day. So this week, as part of Older Americans Month, we’re talking about how to block unwanted calls — for...

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When it’s Not Really the Government Calling

By Emily Wu

Mar 19, 2021 | posted by Jason Nugent
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Lots of people are having trouble sleeping, thanks to the pandemic and all the parts of our lives it’s affecting. And it doesn’t help when you get a call saying you owe the government money. Oh, and, they add, you’ll go to jail if you don’t pay up immediately. That’s a scam, and nothing to lose...

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Fake Price Offers Don't Pay

By Bridget Small

Mar 12, 2021 | posted by Jason Nugent
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The pandemic has caused financial distress because of lost jobs, income, and homes, and emotional distress because of social isolation. This week, during National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), we want your help to reach people who might be a bit cut off from their social network. The FTC...

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