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Work-at-home scams lead to business coaching schemes

4 days 22 hours ago

In the business world, “leads” refer to the contact information of potential customers. In the scam world, it means the same thing. While scammers find their targets in all kinds of ways, one method is to go to people who have already been victims of a related scheme.

The FTC has sued lots of scammers who have sold these kinds of bogus programs and services.

Rosario Mendez

Update for Amazing Wealth System

1 week ago

The FTC recently sued the companies and individuals responsible for the Amazing Wealth System, which ran ads and held live workshops promoting a business opportunity scheme. This update for people who paid Amazing Wealth System explains how to add their name to the FTC case, what to do with their paperwork and more.

Bridget Small

Western Union team honored for Service to America

1 week 1 day ago

Getting money back from the Western Union settlement is a big deal for people who lost money to a scam. And that case is a big deal to both the FTC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and their case teams. In fact, those teams were just honored as a finalist in the 2018 Services to America Medals, known as the Sammies.

Jennifer Leach

Privacy: From principles to practice

1 week 3 days ago

Privacy Awareness Week, an event organized by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities, is May 14-18, 2018. This year’s theme, “From Principles to Practice,” echoes the Federal Trade Commission’s mission to help consumers and businesses stay on top of privacy and online security. Here’s a sampling of how we make that happen.

Melinda Claybaugh

The First Lady, talking with kids about being online

2 weeks ago

Today, First Lady Melania Trump introduced her initiative to help children everywhere be their best. At her launch event at the White House, the First Lady distributed copies of Talking with Kids About Being Online, a guide to help parents and other adults have thoughtful conversations with kids about being safe and responsible online. We’re excited that the First Lady is sharing this important information with families across the country.

Nat Wood

Change your Twitter password. Now.

2 weeks 1 day ago

You may have heard the recent news that Twitter discovered a bug that stored passwords “unmasked” in an internal log. What does this mean? If you are a Twitter user, your password could be exposed. Twitter says that there are no signs of a breach of misuse by anyone currently, but it’s still a good idea to change your password. Did you use the same password for other accounts? Change those, too.

Ari Lazarus

Mobile phone maker misled people on privacy & security

3 weeks ago

People use their mobile devices for everything from making calls and sending emails and text messages to maintaining contact lists, taking photos, surfing the web, and finding the best travel routes. You count on your device to help with your daily routine, and you expect that your information will be private and secure. Well, some mobile device companies deal with privacy and data security better than others.

Colleen Tressler

FTC: Lending Club misled people about hidden fees

3 weeks 5 days ago

If you need to borrow money to consolidate credit card debt, make home or auto repairs, or move across country, a personal loan can help cover your expenses.

Most personal loans are unsecured, meaning they don’t require collateral like a house or car, and typically have higher interest rates than secured loans.

The FTC recently filed a lawsuit against Lending Club, a company offering personal loans online.

Colleen Tressler

Scammers target Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund

1 month ago

Consumers are reporting a new imposter scam — this time the callers are pretending to be with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). According to reports, the callers are telling people they may be entitled to money, and they are asking people for their personal information to determine if they are eligible. It’s a scam.

Drew Johnson

Scammers impersonate the Chinese Consulate

1 month ago

Have you gotten a call from someone saying they’re from a Chinese Consulate office? If so, you’re not alone – based on reports to the FTC and the real Chinese Consulates. But here’s the thing: it’s not a Chinese Consulate office calling. It’s a scammer. These callers seem to be reaching people with Chinese last names but, as we know, scammers can change tactics quickly.

Patti Poss

Coming soon: new cybersecurity education for small business

1 month 1 week ago

Last year, we heard from small business owners about their cybersecurity challenges at a series of roundtable discussions the FTC hosted with some of its partners. What we learned is that small business owners need and want information on how to keep their computer systems and business data safe. So we’re planning to provide that to them. Later this year, the FTC will launch a small business education campaign on cybersecurity, in partnership with other federal agencies.

We share our plans for this business education campaign and other specifics about what we heard from small business owners in the new FTC’s staff perspective report Engage, Connect, Protect: The FTC’s Projects and Plans to Foster Small Business Cybersecurity.

Rosario Méndez

FTC asking for access to your computer? It’s a scam.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Scammers pretending to be with the FTC or with FTC refund administrators are calling, asking for remote access to your computer. It’s been reported that the scammers are calling specifically about the FTC’s Advanced Tech Support refund program. Their goal is to make you think you are moments away from getting money that’s owed to you – and, to get the money, all you need to do is allow them to connect to your computer. It’s a scam.

Andrew Johnson

A new way to report tax identity theft

1 month 2 weeks ago

Identity theft is hard enough. That’s why we keep working to make recovering from it easier. It’s also why we’re happy to let you know about an innovative project by the FTC and IRS that lets people report tax-related identity theft to the IRS online, using the FTC’s IdentityTheft.gov website to file IRS Form 14039.

Seena Gressin
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