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Don’t click on that random text. It’s a scam

By Gema de las Heras, Federal Trade Commission

Aug 16, 2022 | posted by Conner Williams
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Sorry to burst your bubble. That unexpected text from the Postal Service (USPS), Costco, or The Home Depot telling you about an unclaimed package or a survey you can complete to claim a freebie is NOT from them. It’s a scam. The FTC has seen a spike in reports from people getting text messages...

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Not enough baby formula means plenty of scammers

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By Colleen Tressler

May 19, 2022 | posted by Jason Nugent
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Scammers exploiting the high demand for baby formula have sunk to new lows. They’re popping up online and tricking desperate parents and caregivers into paying steep prices for formula that never arrives. Scammers may set up fake websites or profiles on social media platforms with...

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Shutting down tech support scams

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By Andrew Rayo

May 16, 2022 | posted by Jason Nugent
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With technology, it’s easier than ever to connect with others and people are just a click or call away. Nobody knows that better than scammers — who might try to contact you about a supposed virus or malware they’ve “found” on your device. So, during this Older Americans Month, remember —...

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

By Alvaro Puig

Dec 29, 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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’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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The Google Voice scam

How this verification code scam works and how to avoid it

By Alvaro Puig

Nov 2, 2021 | posted by Jason Nugent
#scams #ftc-article

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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Hang up on auto warranty robocalls

By Emily Wu

May 20, 2021 | posted by Jason Nugent
#scams #ftc-article #tip

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

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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

Apr 20, 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

Apr 19, 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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