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  • Owners of Business Coaching and Development Service Scam Are Banned

    FTC settlement bars defendants from selling business coaching or development services to consumers trying to start an online business from home The owners of four companies that allegedly bilked consumers trying to start online businesses from home...

    • Posted January 21, 2019
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  • Online Student Loan Refinance Company SoFi Settles FTC Charges, Agrees to Stop Making False Claims About Loan Refinancing Savings

    Online student loan refinancer SoFi has agreed to stop misrepresenting how much money student loan borrowers have saved or will save from refinancing their loans with the company, in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that...

    • Posted January 20, 2019
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  • Don’t get swamped buying a flood-damaged car

    In the wake of the recent hurricanes, used car buyers should use caution: Storm-damaged vehicles are sometimes cleaned up and taken out of state for sale. You might not know a vehicle is damaged until you take...

    • Posted January 19, 2019
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  • Spear phishing scammers want more from you

    “I’m calling from . Someone’s been using your debit card ending in 2345 at . I’ll need to verify your Social Security number — which ends in 8190, right? — and full debit...

    • Posted January 18, 2019
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  • Smoking out bogus product claims

    uitting smoking and losing weight can be enormously challenging. In the quest to kick the habit or drop the pounds, you might be tempted by products promising miraculous results. But take a breath before you buy or...

    • Posted January 15, 2019
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  • College test prep scams are happening

    Recently, we heard about scams targeting parents of high school students preparing for college. The scammers claim to be from The College Board – the organization responsible for the PSAT and SAT tests. They call or email...

    • Posted January 14, 2019
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  • Spread the word about charity fraud

    Recently the FTC, the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO), and state charity regulators are joining forces with regulators from across the world to participate in the first International Charity Fraud Awareness Week. It’s extremely important...

    • Posted January 12, 2019
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  • Universal American Mortgage Company LLC (UAMC) Agrees to Pay $13.2 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Related to Loan Guarantees

    Universal American Mortgage Company LLC (UAMC) has agreed to pay the United States $13.2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that it complied with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage...

    • Posted January 11, 2019
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  • Steering clear of vehicle history report scams

    The FTC has been hearing about a new scam targeting people who are selling their cars online. They’re getting calls or texts from people who claim to be interested in buying the car – but first want...

    • Posted January 10, 2019
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  • Immigration help – watch your step

    If you’re looking for immigration help, you might run across what look like government websites – but are actually from companies pretending to be part of the U.S. government. The FTC’s recent settlement  has some lessons on...

    • Posted January 9, 2019
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  • Inheriting a Spouse’s Debts

    My question is about each married individual’s responsibility in case of the death of the other. I will use my husband and I as an example. We have separate bank accounts, separate loans, and separate credit cards...

    • Posted January 8, 2019
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  • Scammers demand gift cards

    Gift cards are a great way to give a gift. But did you know they are also a scammer’s favorite way to steal money? According to the FTC’s new Data Spotlight, more scammers are demanding payment with...

    • Posted January 7, 2019
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  • Will Background Check Errors Deny You a Home?

    A background check can determine if you can get credit, a job, or even a place to live. That’s why the law requires businesses that provide these reports have reasonable procedures to ensure the information they collect...

    • Posted December 3, 2018
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  • How to Tell the Difference Between a Legitimate Debt Collector and Scammers

    Dealing with debt collection issues can be challenging—especially when you’re not sure if the person you’re being ed by is legitimate or trying to scam you. When an account like a credit card, auto loan, or cell...

    • Posted December 3, 2018
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  • Scams Near You, by the Numbers

    Every day, people across the country are telling the FTC what happened to them. Maybe they lost money to a scam, lost their identity, or just spotted something that looked fishy and wanted somebody to know. All...

    • Posted December 3, 2018
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  • New materials on cybersecurity for small business

    If you own a small business, you know it’s critical to protect your business from cyber threats. Today, the FTC launched new cybersecurity resources for small businesses – you’ll find them at FTC.gov/SmallBusiness. What better time to...

    • Posted November 30, 2018
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  • Hope for a Spendaholic

    I have been married 40 years. I am 59 and a spendaholic. I have been following Dave Ramsey’s plan and trying to get my credit cards paid off. We have no money and no retirement. Is there...

    • Posted November 30, 2018
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  • FTC Sues Car Dealerships for Fake Recall Notices

    A recall notice for your car or truck signals a serious safety defect that you should try to get fixed quickly. According to an FTC lawsuit, a group of auto dealerships counted on people doing just that...

    • Posted November 30, 2018
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  • Marketer of a Get-Rich-With-Amazon Scheme Settles with the FTC

    The marketer of a scheme to make money on Amazon, and his companies, are banned from marketing and selling business opportunities and business coaching services under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement order against...

    • Posted November 28, 2018
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  • These Hotel Fees Are Making Your Stay More Expensive

    Last week I wrote about some of the new and different ways airlines are collecting fees, rendering many base fare comparisons moot. Well, as it turns out, a similar phenomenon has also been affecting a different part...

    • Posted November 28, 2018
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  • Your top debt collection questions answered

    Debt collection is consistently one of the top financial issues people have questions about when they visit our website. We’ve provided short, easy-to-understand answers to some of our most-visited questions about debt collection. For the full answer,...

    • Posted November 28, 2018
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  • Facebook breach: what to do next

    Facebook recently announced the largest breach in the company’s history. The breach affected about 50 million users, allowing hackers to take over their accounts. If you use Facebook, you may be wondering what to do next. Here...

    • Posted November 26, 2018
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  • Glossary of common financial terms in Spanish

    We are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with the release of our updated Spanish Glossary of Financial Terms . We have prepared this glossary in cooperation with other federal agencies. The glossary provides both financial educators and...

    • Posted November 26, 2018
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  • The Increasingly Confusing World of Airline Pricing

    Once upon a time it seemed that, no matter which airline you flew or how you made your reservation, you could expect about the same level of amenities and service (save the bonuses that come with business...

    • Posted November 23, 2018
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  • Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, Marc Sorrentino Sentenced to Federal Prison on Tax Charges

    Television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino was sentenced to eight months in prison, and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for violating federal tax laws. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the U.S....

    • Posted November 23, 2018
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  • New Credit Law FAQs

    You’ve heard about the new law that makes credit freezes free and fraud alerts last one year. If you have questions, you’re not alone. Here are answers to some of the questions we’re hearing most. Q: I...

    • Posted November 23, 2018
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  • Using ROI at Home

    Gary, I once read about using ROI to determine whether a certain purchase was saving time, energy, or money. Could you write up a story with the ROI formula and how to use it? Wendy Wendy has...

    • Posted November 22, 2018
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  • The Simple Way to Make Money Investing

    Investing can be overwhelming and confusing. The truth is that it is neither and this article will show you just how simple investing can be… “Money can buy many things, but nothing more valuable than your freedom…Stop...

    • Posted November 22, 2018
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  • The Harsh Truth I Just Learned About Postdated Checks

    Recently, I was preparing for an extending trip, including ensuring that I dropped off my rent check early. Well, when I wrote said check, I dated it for the first of next month (as I assume most...

    • Posted November 22, 2018
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  • Servicemembers’ “immediate actions” for financial success: pay down debt, make a plan, start early

    As a member of the military, you are called to serve every day in challenging environments to secure the freedom and prosperity of our nation. To meet these challenges, you engage in “immediate actions” training to better...

    • Posted November 21, 2018
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  • Separating Finances After a Divorce

    I am about to get a divorce. We currently have a joint account as well as separate accounts. Can my soon-to-be ex withdraw an enormous amount (more than half) legally from our joint account even though we...

    • Posted November 20, 2018
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  • Managing someone else’s money: New protection from ID theft and fraud

    If you manage someone else’s money, protecting your loved one from financial exploitation and scams is among your important responsibilities. Starting September 21st, 2018, a new federal law lets some financial caregivers request a security freeze, also...

    • Posted November 19, 2018
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  • Free credit freezes are here

    Free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts are here, starting Sept. 21, 2018, thanks to a new federal law. Here’s what you should know. Free credit freezes Security freezes, also known as credit freezes, restrict access to...

    • Posted November 16, 2018
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  • $505 million in refunds sent to payday loan customers

    If you took out an online payday loan from a company affiliated with AMG Services, you may be getting a check in the mail from the FTC. The $505 million the FTC is returning to consumers makes...

    • Posted November 16, 2018
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  • Track your spending with this easy tool

    Have you ever looked at your monthly bank statement and found yourself surprised by what you spent your money on? Are you unsure of where your money is really going and find yourself struggling to pay your...

    • Posted October 19, 2018
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  • Empower Yourself Against Utility Scams

    You get a call saying your electricity or water will be shut off unless you pay a past due bill. You may not think you have a past due bill. But the caller sounds convincing, and you...

    • Posted October 19, 2018
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  • FTC Returns more than $10 Million to NetSpend Customers

    The Federal Trade Commission is mailing more than 430,000 checks totaling more than $10 million to people who could nit access money deposited to their NetSpend reloadable prepaid debit cards. According to an FTC complaint, many NetSpend...

    • Posted October 18, 2018
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  • Facing a Money Decision? Check Whether You Use the 3 Skills That Stand Out in People With High Financial Well-Being

    The study defined financial skills as knowing how to find, process, and act on information when you need it. Here are ways to apply the skills that help you face any money decision. 1. Know when to...

    • Posted October 18, 2018
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  • How to Make ‘Pay Yourself First’ Work for You

    Dear Dollar Stretcher, Some months I can save some money and some I can’t. I have heard the saying “always pay yourself first”. When I do that it seems that I have to withdraw that money later...

    • Posted October 18, 2018
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  • 5 Ways to Help You Succeed in a Debt Settlement Program

    We want you to succeed! 5 Ways to be Successful in Your Debt Settlement Program Did you recently enroll in a debt settlement program? Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step toward resolving your debt and getting your...

    • Posted October 17, 2018
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  • There Are No Shortcuts or Easy Outs for Student Loan Debtors – And No Santa Clause!

    Sorry Virginia …. There is No Santa Clause! In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia O’Hanlon (1889–1971), whether Santa Clause really existed. O’Hanlon...

    • Posted October 17, 2018
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  • Your Social Security number isn’t suspended. Ever.

    A caller says that he’s from the government and your Social Security Number (SSN) has been suspended. He sounds very professional. So you should do exactly what he says to fix things…right? Wrong. The FTC has gotten...

    • Posted October 16, 2018
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  • Helpful tips for using mobile payment services and avoiding risky mistakes

    Person-to-person payment services and mobile payment apps have become part of everyday life for millions of people. Payment services and apps let you send money to people without having to write a check, swipe a card, or...

    • Posted October 16, 2018
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  • Repay ‘Charged Off’ Debt Sold to a Collection Agency?

    I have a charge-off on my credit report because of a bankruptcy five years ago. If the company that wrote it off sells the debt to a collection agency, do I need to pay? The damage is...

    • Posted October 16, 2018
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  • Please don’t get your cancer treatments in a bar.

    We’ve warned people for years not to trust the wild health claims that some companies make about their pills, powders, and potions. Call us old fashioned, but we almost fell off our stool when we heard about...

    • Posted October 1, 2018
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  • Hang up on Medicare Card Scams

    Scammers follow the news – and the money. A few months ago, we shared the news that Medicare is sending new cards to everyone who gets Medicare benefits, replacing your Social Security number with another number. As...

    • Posted October 1, 2018
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  • New Research Report on the Geography of Credit Invisibility

    Creditworthy consumers can face difficulties accessing credit if they lack a credit record that is treated as “scorable” by widely used credit scoring models. These consumers include those who are “credit invisible,” meaning that they do not...

    • Posted October 1, 2018
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  • Renovation Tips for an Age-In-Place Smart Home

    A house is more than walls, roofing, and appliances — those are just the requirements to make a building. A house is where you raise your kids, where you cook breakfast on the weekends, where you celebrate...

    • Posted September 28, 2018
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  • Defendant Who Took Part in Business Coaching Scheme Agrees to Settle FTC Charges

    One of the defendants involved in a multimillion-dollar business-coaching scheme has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that he helped deceive consumers with false claims that they could earn “six figures” within 90 days. The defendant...

    • Posted September 28, 2018
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  • FTC Shuts Down Purveyors of Fake Documents Used for Fraud, Identity Theft

    Websites sold fake pay stubs, other documents The operators of websites that sold fake documents used to facilitate identity theft and other frauds have agreed to permanently shut down their businesses as part of separate settlements with...

    • Posted September 28, 2018
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