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The Google Voice Scam: How This Verification Code Scam

Oct 27, 2021 · 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.

Actived: Monday Dec 6, 2021

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Free Credit Reports | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) These are the only ways to order your free credit reports: Visit AnnualCreditReport.com. Call 1-877-322-8228. Complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service. P.O. Box 105281.

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Identity Theft | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) While identity theft can happen to anyone, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk. If you think someone is using your personal information to open accounts, file taxes, or make purchases, visit IdentityTheft.gov to report and recover from identity theft. Looking for identity theft resources to share in your community?

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Temporary stop of COVID-19 evictions: what you need to ...

(52 years ago) Oct 27, 2020 · Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a temporary order to stop evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That moratorium ended on August 26, 2021 for renters in counties where COVID cases are rapidly spreading and on July 31, 2021 for other counties.

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Scam Alerts | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) As a caregiver for a family member with special health needs, you know that shopping, making meals, or just regularly spending time with someone who can’t get out much can profoundly improve their quality of …

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Consumer Information | Federal Trade Commission

(52 years ago) Spot and avoid scams and unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices with tips from the FTC, America’s consumer protection agency.

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FTC puts over 1,100 businesses on notice about deceptive ...

(52 years ago) Oct 26, 2021 · Click on the blue highlighted words in the blog saying the "agency sent notices."That connects to our press release, which has more information about the notices to more than 1,100 multi-level marketing companies, business opportunities, franchises, investment coaching companies, and “gig” companies.

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What To Do if You Were Scammed | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Tell them it was a fraudulent transfer. Ask them to reverse the wire transfer and give you your money back. MoneyGram at 1-800-MONEYGRAM (1-800-666-3947) Western Union at 1-800-325-6000. Did you send a wire transfer through your bank? Contact your bank and report the fraudulent transfer.

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How to Stop Unwanted Calls | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Call-blocking information resources: CTIA: You can find a list of call-blocking apps for mobile phones at ctia.org, a website for the U.S. wireless communications industry.The site lists apps specific to Android, BlackBerry, iOS (Apple), or Windows devices.; FCC: For links to company-specific information about blocking calls, go to the FCC’s Call Blocking Resources.

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For-profit colleges on notice | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Oct 06, 2021 · For-profit colleges sometimes use overblown — or flat-out false — promises to attract new students and their money. The FTC is ramping up its efforts to stop shady practices on campus. The Commission is sending a Notice of Penalty Offenses to the largest 70 for-profits, warning them that the FTC will not stand for unfair or deceptive practices.

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Amazon impersonators: what you need to know | FTC Consumer ...

(52 years ago) Oct 20, 2021 · Once that information is theirs, the money is, too. Here are some ways to avoid an Amazon impersonator scam: Never call back an unknown number. Use the information on Amazon’s website and not a number listed in an unexpected email or text. Don’t pay for anything with a gift card. Gift cards are for gifts.

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Fact or Fiction - Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Fact or Fiction - Consumer Information

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Sample Customer Complaint Letter | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Sample Customer Complaint Letter. Effective complaint letters explain the problem and how you’d like the company to resolve it. Try to be clear and include only the details you need to describe the problem and the resolution you want. Information To Include in Your Letter. Sample Letter.

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How To Block Unwanted Calls | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Download a call-blocking app. One of the best ways to block unwanted calls on a cell phone is to download a call-blocking app. A call-blocking app acts like a filter. The company behind the app uses call data or reports from users, the FTC, and other sources to predict which calls are illegal or likely scams.

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Scammers are sending fake IRS emails about Economic Impact ...

(52 years ago) Oct 27, 2021 · There’s a fake IRS email that keeps popping into people’s inboxes. It says that you can get a third Economic Impact Payment (EIP) if you click a link that lets you “access the form for your additional information” and “get help” with the application. But the link is a trick. If you click it, a scammer might steal your money and your ...

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Is a scammer getting unemployment benefits in your name ...

(52 years ago) Jun 03, 2020 · Seena Gressin. Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC. In a large-scale scam erupting in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, imposters are filing claims for unemployment benefits, using the names and personal information of people who have not filed claims. People learn about the fraud when they get a notice from their ...

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Refund and Recovery Scams | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Refund and Recovery Scams. They’re the worst of the worst: scams that target people who have already lost money to a scam. If you’ve been scammed, you may be targeted by a refund or recovery scam. In these scams, someone says they can help get your money back or recover the prize or item you never got, but you need to pay them first.

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Fake calls from Apple and Amazon support: What you need to ...

(52 years ago) Dec 03, 2020 · Scammers are calling people and using the names of two companies everyone knows, Apple and Amazon, to rip people off. Here’s what you need to know about these calls. In one version of the scam, you get a call and a recorded message that says it’s Amazon. The message says there’s something wrong with your account.

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What To Know About Cryptocurrency and Scams | FTC Consumer ...

(52 years ago) Cryptocurrency is a type of digital currency that generally only exists electronically. There is no physical coin or bill unless you use a service that allows you to cash in cryptocurrency for a physical token. You usually exchange cryptocurrency with someone online, with your phone or computer, without using an intermediary like a bank.

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Gift Card Scams | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Gift cards are for gifts, NOT for payments. Anyone who tells you to pay with a gift card is a scammer. Report gift cards used in a scam to the companies that issued the gift cards. Then, report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. Asked to pay by gift card?

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Fake offers for secret shopper jobs | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Mar 03, 2020 · In this scam, the recruiter would send shoppers a check for more than $2,000 and they would: Cash or deposit the check immediately. Buy gift cards with most of the money. Keep about $450 as their pay. Scratch the coating off the gift cards to show the PIN codes.

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Scam emails demand Bitcoin, threaten blackmail | FTC ...

(52 years ago) Apr 29, 2020 · The FTC uses the information it gets from people who report scams to keep close watch on trends, so we can alert you to changes. Here’s one: reports of Bitcoin blackmail scams have taken a big jump in the last few weeks. The emails say they hacked into your computer and recorded you visiting adult websites. They threaten to distribute the video to your friends and family within hours, unless ...

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Imposter Scams | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Imposter Scams. You get a call or an email. It might say you’ve won a prize. It might seem to come from a government official. Maybe it seems to be from someone you know — your grandchild, a relative or a friend. Or maybe it’s from someone you feel like you know, but you haven’t met in person — say, a person you met online who you ...

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Avoid marketing scams during 2022 Medicare Open Enrollment ...

(52 years ago) Oct 15, 2021 · Avoid marketing scams during 2022 Medicare Open Enrollment. October 15, 2021. by. The Senior Medicare Patrol Resource Center. Lois C. Greisman, Elder Justice Coordinator, FTC. During Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which begins on October 15 and ends December 7, Medicare beneficiaries can choose the plans that are best for them for 2022.

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Ignore bogus COVID vaccine survey | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Mar 24, 2021 · Scammers are using a new trick to steal your money and personal information: a bogus COVID vaccine survey. People across the country are reporting getting emails and texts out of the blue, asking them to complete a limited-time survey about the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine. (And no doubt, there may be one for Johnson & Johnson, too.)

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MyLife accused of posting misleading background reports ...

(52 years ago) Jul 27, 2020 · The lawsuit also charges that MyLife didn’t take reasonable steps to make sure its background reports were accurate, violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, used misleading billing practices, violating the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act, and didn’t clearly and truthfully disclose that MyLife “had a policy of not making refunds and of discouraging cancellations,” violating ...

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Dealing with debt collectors during the pandemic | FTC ...

(52 years ago) Apr 22, 2020 · The Department of Education (ED) has temporarily stopped the collection of federally-owned student loans that are in default. In fact, whether or not you’re in default, if you have federal student loans, you don’t need to pay your monthly payments from March 13 through September 30, 2020, and interest also has been suspended.

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“One-ring” cell phone scam can ding your wallet | FTC ...

(52 years ago) Feb 10, 2014 · Hold the phone, says the Federal Trade Commission. You could be a potential victim of the growing "one-ring” cell phone scam. Here’s how it works: Scammers are using auto-dialers to call cell phone numbers across the country. Scammers let the phone ring once — just enough for a missed call message to pop up. The scammers hope you’ll ...

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How to spot and avoid common health scams | FTC Consumer ...

(52 years ago) Nov 22, 2021 · Know that the government wouldn’t hide proven remedies from you. If an ad offers a treatment that the seller claims the government or pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want you to know about, it’s a scam. If you think you’ve spotted a health scam, tell your friends and family about it. Then tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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Behind on car payments because of the Coronavirus? | FTC ...

(52 years ago) Apr 15, 2020 · Im at a loss Ive lost my job been filing unemployment since may 24, 2020 its on hold im $1800 behind on my truck payment which is $864 /month I've paid well over $50,000 on my truck but no income at all and 136,421 miles on my truck warranty expired and rear end has blown out looking at $1,800 to $3,000 to have it repaired its currently in a shop in March my job cut us back to scrapping …

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Those free COVID-19 money offers on WhatsApp and Facebook ...

(52 years ago) Aug 28, 2020 · You might get this kind of message, in English or Spanish, from a friend or contact. The message tells you to click a link to get your money. If you click, you might find a survey to take. Or they might ask you to enter your name, address, phone number, or other information. And they might ask you to forward the message to several friends to be ...

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SIM Swap Scams: How to Protect Yourself | FTC Consumer ...

(52 years ago) Oct 23, 2019 · If you’re the target of a SIM swap scam. Contact your cellular service provider immediately to take back control of your phone number. After you re-gain access to your phone number, change your account passwords. Check your credit card, bank, and other …

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Tech Support Imposter Scams | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Callers impersonate legitimate technical support companies to fool computer users into handing over their personal information or sending money. Tags: imposter, scam, technology. Scammers pose as big name companies. They call or send pop up messages to scare you about the security of your computer. We've gotten warnings of viruses in your area.

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Scammers and “customer service” — another imposter scam ...

(52 years ago) Aug 05, 2020 · Some scammers are creating fake customer service information for popular companies and paying for it to show up in your search results. When you contact them, they’ll offer to “resolve” the problem you may have — if you wire money to them or send gift cards. They might also ask for your personal information, or to get remote access to ...

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Protect yourself against Medicare scams | FTC Consumer ...

(52 years ago) Mar 15, 2019 · Report the call. Report Medicare imposters at 1-800-MEDICARE and ftc.gov/complaint. The more we hear from you, the more we can help fight scams. For more information about stopping imposter scams, visit ftc.gov/imposters. And to learn about how to stop unwanted calls, including using call blocking technology, go to ftc.gov/calls.

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If you were prescribed Suboxone® film, you may be eligible ...

(52 years ago) Jul 30, 2020 · The FTC sued the makers of Suboxone®, a prescription drug to treat opioid addiction, alleging they were preventing patients from choosing lower priced generic versions of the drug.

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How to Report Fraud at ReportFraud.ftc.gov | FTC Consumer ...

(52 years ago) Every time you file a report with the Federal Trade Commission you are helping us build cases, stop scammers, and also alert others about the current trends. The first thing that you do to report a scam or a bad business practice is go to the website, ReportFraud.ftc.gov, and …

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Scams that start on social media | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Oct 21, 2020 · Bridget Small. Division of Consumer & Business Education. Scammers are hiding out on social media, using ads and offers to market their scams, according to people’s reports to the FTC and a new Data Spotlight. In the first six months of 2020, people reported losing a record high of almost $117 million to scams that started on social media.

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Is that text message about your FedEx package really a ...

(52 years ago) Feb 20, 2020 · Scammers send a text message with a fake shipment tracking code and a link to update your delivery preferences. In this case, the message says it’s from FedEx. But they might use the name of another well-known shipping company, or the good old U.S. Postal Service. Cue that skeptical little voice in your head.

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Ideas for Buying Hearing Aids | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) An otolaryngologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the head and neck, especially those involving the ears, nose, and throat (ENT). A hearing aid dispenser is someone authorized by state law to measure hearing and to fit and sell hearing aids. The credentials for becoming a hearing aid dispenser vary by state.

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This is what a Social Security scam sounds like | FTC ...

(52 years ago) Dec 27, 2018 · The real SSA number is 1-800-772-1213, but scammers are putting that number in the caller ID. If you’re worried about what the caller says, hang up and call 1-800-772-1213 to speak to the real SSA. Even if the wait time is long, confirm with the real SSA before responding to one of these calls. Never give any part of your Social Security ...

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Resolving Consumer Problems | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Spot and avoid scams and unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices with tips from the FTC, America’s consumer protection agency.

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Hang up on business imposter scams | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) Jul 22, 2020 · Scammers want you to call the number they give so they can ask for your passwords, credit card number, and other sensitive information to get your money. If you get a call like this, there are a few steps you should take: Hang up. Don’t call them back on the number they gave you. If you’re concerned about an order you didn’t place ...

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Did an ID thief steal your stimulus payment? Report it to ...

(52 years ago) May 04, 2020 · Click the line that says, “Someone filed a Federal tax return – or claimed an economic stimulus payment – using my information.”. You’re on your way. IdentityTheft.gov will ask you some questions so that it can complete an IRS Identity Theft Affidavit (IRS Form 14039) for you, and submit it electronically to the IRS.

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This week the focus is on charity scams | FTC Consumer ...

(52 years ago) Oct 18, 2021 · This week the focus is on charity scams. October 18, 2021. by. Rosario Méndez. Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC. Every year, charity regulators from around the word get together to raise awareness about charity fraud. The FTC joins this effort again this year because it’s so important to know how to spot a charity scam.

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Credit Repair: How to Help Yourself | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) To order, visit annualcreditreport.com, or call 1-877-322-8228. You may order reports from each of the three credit reporting companies at the same time, or you can stagger your requests throughout the year. It doesn’t cost anything to dispute mistakes or outdated items on your credit report.

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Hang up on auto warranty robocalls | FTC Consumer Information

(52 years ago) May 19, 2021 · 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 recorded message saying something about your vehicle’s manufacturer’s warranty. It might say that they’ve sent you several notices in the mail. They say you haven’t extended your warranty past the ...

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Economic impact payments for U.S. citizens abroad | FTC ...

(52 years ago) Apr 24, 2020 · For millions of expatriates, help from home is on the way in the form of COVID-19 economic impact payments. Unfortunately, scammers also are on the way, and they’re eager to pluck the payment from your pocket. Depending on your income, U.S. expatriates can get up to $1,200 each, or up to $2,400 for couples, plus $500 for each qualifying child ...

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Fake emails about fake money from a fake COVID-19 fund ...

(52 years ago) Jun 30, 2020 · We just heard about an email going around from someone claiming to be from the FTC. This scam email says you’ll get money from a COVID-19 “Global Empowerment Fund.”. All you need to do, it says, is respond with your bank account information and they’ll transfer the funds. But that’s a scam.

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