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FTC Information and Alerts

  • It’s official: Get free COVID test kits at COVIDtests.gov

    Jan 19, 2022 | 19:30 pm

    There’s a new federal resource to get free FDA-authorized coronavirus test kits. At COVIDtests.gov, you’ll find information about testing and a link to the U.S. Postal Service – special.usps.com/testkits – where you can order up to four rapid tests to[…]

  • FTC names 25 sellers who must stop making unsubstantiated COVID treatment claims

    Jan 19, 2022 | 16:12 pm

    As part of the FTC’s ongoing efforts to protect you from shady sellers during the pandemic, the agency sent cease and desist demands to 25 companies that claimed their products can prevent or treat COVID-19.

  • Don’t assume every COVID-19 test site is legit

    Jan 14, 2022 | 14:31 pm

    If you’ve been looking for a COVID-19 test, you probably know that they are in short supply. Unfortunately, scammers love to “help” with shortages. They’ve created fake and unauthorized at-home testing kits, and they’re still at it with fake COVID-19[…]

  • Pause on federal student loan payments extended

    Jan 11, 2022 | 18:29 pm

    As you may have heard, the U.S. Department of Education announced another extension of the flexibilities offered to federal student loan borrowers. Understanding these options can help you make more informed decisions about paying your bills and prioritizing your debts.[…]

  • New crypto payment scam alert

    Jan 10, 2022 | 19:23 pm

    There's a new spin on scammers asking people to pay with cryptocurrency. It involves an impersonator, a QR code, and a trip to a store (directed by a scammer on the phone) to send your money to them through a cryptocurrency[…]

  • How to avoid buying fake COVID tests online

    Jan 4, 2022 | 12:18 pm

    The news is filled with images of long lines at in-person COVID testing sites and reports of limited supplies of at-home test kits. It’s not a surprise that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, fake and unauthorized at-home[…]

  • Keep your personal information safe in the New Year

    Dec 27, 2021 | 14:09 pm

    As 2021 winds down, lots of us are making resolutions for a fresh start in the New Year — maybe to exercise regularly, get our finances in order, or spend more time with friends. But your list isn’t complete until[…]

  • United against scams

    Dec 20, 2021 | 16:00 pm

    Kwanzaa, which is based on traditional African harvest festivals, is celebrated every year from December 26 to January 1. The first principle of Kwanzaa is Umoja (unity) and the importance of finding ways to stay united and working together. Pulling[…]

  • Look beyond the award when you hire a lawyer

    Dec 16, 2021 | 17:25 pm

    If you suddenly need to hire a lawyer, you might start searching online. When you do, you’re likely to see lawyers and law firms with fancy-looking seals and badges on their websites claiming they’re among the best in their field.[…]

  • ’Tis the season for student loan scam calls

    Dec 15, 2021 | 14:56 pm

    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 May 1, 2022. Scammers know it, too, and are looking for[…]


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