FTC Information and Alerts

  • NutriMost Gets A Reality Check

    Apr 21, 2017 | 14:43 pm

    Swimsuit season is around the corner! If you are looking for a diet gimmick to melt the pounds away, consider this reality check. It involves a case against a weight loss program that made false and unproven weight loss claims[…]

  • Imposters selling English course are shut down

    Apr 19, 2017 | 16:40 pm

    Many scammers are the same: they lie, harass, and threaten, all to trick people into paying them money. Recently, the FTC filed a lawsuit against several California-based companies and their owners, saying they used exactly these tactics in an imposter[…]

  • Is that post #sponsored?

    Apr 19, 2017 | 13:15 pm

    Have you ever seen a TV commercial with a celebrity or star athlete talking about how great a product is? You probably realized that they were paid for their endorsement, and it still may have influenced you to buy the[…]

  • There’s no Nintendo Switch emulator

    Apr 18, 2017 | 12:30 pm

    If you can’t get your hands on a Nintendo Switch gaming system, you may think an emulator is the next best thing. Think again. Online ads for emulators, sometimes with Nintendo branding, say they can run Switch’s games on your[…]

  • The IRS is now using private debt collectors

    Apr 17, 2017 | 13:54 pm

    Do you have a debt with the IRS that’s more than two years old? If so, you might be getting a letter from the IRS about your account being transferred to a private debt collector. This new program only applies[…]

  • “I have an emergency and need money”

    Apr 13, 2017 | 12:31 pm

    If you’ve ever gotten one of those calls, you know how alarming they can be. And that’s exactly what the scammers count on. They want you to act before you think – and acting always includes sending them money: by[…]

  • FTC to host workshop protecting military consumers

    Apr 12, 2017 | 20:10 pm

    Servicemembers and veterans face unique challenges dealing with financial issues, managing their money, and avoiding scams. For servicemembers, frequent relocations mean regularly shopping for housing and buying or selling a car. And servicemembers and veterans alike will navigate important financial[…]

  • Free movies, costly malware

    Apr 12, 2017 | 12:49 pm

    “Something for nothing” sounds appealing, but often there’s a hidden cost. If the something is a site or app offering free downloads or streams of well-known movies, popular TV shows, big-league sports, and absorbing games, the hidden cost is probably[…]

  • The FTC won’t offer to fix your computer

    Apr 11, 2017 | 11:25 am

    Some cons send pop-up computer warnings to pitch unnecessary – and sometimes harmful – tech support services. Some make phone calls. Others – like one scammer the FTC just sued – send spam emails that falsely claim the FTC hired[…]

  • Don’t let utility scams overpower you

    Apr 7, 2017 | 15:00 pm

    When your electricity goes out, you lose power in more ways than one. Daily necessities are out of reach without lights, warm water, and heat or air conditioning.So if you get a call from someone threating to shut off your[…]


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