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The business directory scam strikes again

July 17th, 2014

by Amy Hebert
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
You work at a small business, nonprofit, church or local government agency, and you get a call: Someone wants you to confirm your contact information for a directory. Sure, no problem.
But there is a problem: Soon, you’re opening an invoice for hundreds of dollars for a listing in [...]

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Posted in Awareness, Fraud, Scam

Playing with Fire

July 10th, 2014

by Nicole Vincent Fleming
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
Ready for a discussion that’s likely to upset the whole family? First, explain these concepts to your four-year-old: online shopping accounts that are linked to your credit card, unlimited in-app charges, and store policies that state all sales final. Then, explain how the virtual coins your child uses [...]

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Posted in Awareness, Kids, Mobile

A Scam-Free Vacation

June 27th, 2014

by Amy Hebert
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
Heading out of town? Make sure you come back with a nice post-vacation glow and not a case of identity theft. Here are some things you can do to lessen the chances you’ll be a victim.
Limit what you carry. Take only the ID, credit cards, and debit cards [...]

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Posted in Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Fraud, Identity Theft, Scam

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