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Avoid a tech trap

  Avoid a tech trap May 12, 2017 by Bridget Small Consumer Education Specialist FTC I will drive for a week with my car’s Check Engine light blinking, but if a security warning shows up on my computer, I act immediately. Scammers have been taking advantage of people like me, who care about computer security. […]

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Third parties can’t get you more money for VW claims

  Third parties can’t get you more money for VW claims May 10, 2017 by Lisa Lake Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Claims processing is underway for eligible VW owners and lessees as part of the VW 2.0 liter vehicle emissions settlements. If the court approves the proposed 3.0 liter settlement, claims processing for the 3.0 […]

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Rounding up foreign lottery scammers

May 10, 2017 by Patti Poss Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, FTC In the past, we’ve told you about a group of Jamaican scammers who called people in the US with phony prize, sweepstakes and lottery offers. Just last week, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that eight Jamaicans were extradited to the US […]

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Privacy Awareness Week: A time to learn

May 8, 2017 by Melinda Claybaugh Counsel for International Consumer Protection, FTC Privacy Awareness Week is May 8-12, 2017. It’s an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum that combines the efforts of privacy agencies in the region to share information about privacy practices and rules. If you’ve been following this blog, you […]

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FTC Action: International Scammers Banned from Business Directory Business

Overseas Defendants Targeted Small Businesses, Non-Profits in U.S. For Release September 20, 2016 Tags: deceptive/misleading conduct Bureau of Consumer Protection Consumer Protection Advertising and Marketing Online Advertising and Marketing In an action brought by the Federal Trade Commission in 2013, a federal court has banned a Slovakia-based company and two of its executives from the […]

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Calls asking “Can you hear me now?

” March 21, 2017 by Alesha Hernandez Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Your phone rings and the caller ID shows a number you don’t know. You answer it anyway and hear, “Can you hear me now?” It’s a pre-recorded robocall – even though it sounds like a real person – and it’s illegal. We’ve heard from […]

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Don’t bank on that check

March 17, 2017 by Lisa Lake Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Scammers know how to design phony checks to make them look legitimate. In fact, the Council of Better Business Bureaus just released a list of the most “risky” scams, based on how likely people are to be targeted, how likely to lose money, and how […]

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Risk free trials were bait for rip offs

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/risk-free-trials-were-bait-rip-offs February 22, 2017 by Bridget Small Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Did you ever sign up for a free trial of a product you heard about on the radio? Some sellers will send you — and charge you — a lot more than you agreed to. The FTC says one group of dietary supplement marketers […]

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FTC AlerT – Prize Scams: Don’t Pay to Play

February 24, 2017 by Ari Lazarus Consumer Education Specialist, FTC You get a phone call from an excited caller saying you’ve won a trip, a car, or a lot of money. Next, they ask you to send money before you get the prize. That is a sure sign of a scam. Recently, we’ve heard about […]

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Fraud and Scam Alerts from the FTC

Police raids in India cut down IRS imposter calls January 5, 2017 by Nat Wood Associate Director, Consumer & Business Education, FTC Over the last few years, we’ve warned about a lot of imposter scams. In one of the most common types, callers pretending to be from the IRS demand payments and threaten to arrest […]

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Yahoo customer service scam

Yahoo customer service scam January 3, 2017 by Andrew Johnson Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Need to contact Yahoo customer care? There are a few ways to do so — but, Yahoo warns that phone is not an option. That’s right: any phone number you come across in an internet search, claiming to connect you with […]

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Wishing you a very Happy New Year

Everyone at Pye’s Safety Spot would like to wish you a very Happy New Year 2017! We hope that you succeed and grow and become the best you have ever been. One other thought… Be kind Man kind = With the new year upon us , I have hope everyone in this world will learn […]

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Getting tracked online even after you try to stop it

December 20, 2016 by Amy Hebert Consumer Education Specialist, FTC How do you feel about being tracked online? Maybe you’re ok with cookies that let websites remember your preferences — like what’s in your shopping cart — from visit-to-visit or across different devices. But how about companies that use cookies and other online tracking methods […]

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Personal Safety and Security is a Mindset

Personal Safety and Security is a Mindset A lot of people leave their personal security up to chance.  Believing that a break-in, natural catastrophe, or other safety crisis could not possibly happen to them.  By taking a proactive strategy to your own personal protection, you may better affect what happens to you, your home, as […]

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Holiday Season Reminders

Here are a few quickie reminders-  -Be cautious when throwing away the garbage and clutter from buying and wrapping those gifts. When bad guys are looking for something to steal, the garbage that accrues it is just like having a flashing neon sign over your house saying that this house might be stocked with stuff […]

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The FTC fights international scams

October 27, 2016 by Bridget Small Consumer Education Specialist, FTC If you have a phone, you’ve probably heard from an IRS imposter — someone claiming you owe thousands of dollars and better pay up immediately, or else terrible things will happen. In the last nine months, more than 111,000 of you reported calls like that […]

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