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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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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’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness week Jan 30 – Feb 3,2017

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week has an event for you January 30, 2017 by Seena Gressin Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Today we’re kicking off Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Tax identity theft happens when a scammer files a fraudulent tax return using your Social Security number (SSN) and claims your refund. […]

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FTC Puts An End to Data Broker Operation that Helped Scam More Than $7 Million from Consumers’ Accounts

  The Federal Trade Commission has closed the book on a data broker operation that the agency alleges got personal information from people who thought they were applying for payday loans online, and sold it to a scam that tapped consumers’ bank accounts and credit cards without their consent. A stipulated order against Jason A. […]

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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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