Consumer Protection News & Announcements

From the FTC: Is a scammer getting unemployment benefits in your name?

In a large-scale scam erupting in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, imposters are filing claims for unemployment benefits, using the... more ››

From the FTC: COVID-19 scams are targeting college students

Hey college students: even though you’re likely far from campus, scammers are still trying to find you.

From the FTC: Be Wary of Payday Loans

If you don’t have the cash or credit to cover a financial emergency, you might be thinking about getting a payday loan. But some payday... more ››

From the FTC: Beware of COVID-19 contact tracing text message scams

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about contact tracing. It’s the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who... more ››

From the FTC: Credit Reports Are Now Free Every Week

If you’re feeling anxious about your financial health during these uncertain times, you’re not alone. That’s why the three national credit... more ››

From the FTC: Make your Coronavirus donations count

The Coronavirus crisis has brought out the best and worst of human nature. The best: charities across the country are stepping up and many... more ››

From the FTC: Coronavirus and Your Student Loan Debt

If you have student loan debt, you’ve probably heard that the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act gives some... more ››

From the FTC: COVID-19 ruined my travel plans. Now what?

If COVID-19 canceled your travel plans, you are likely disappointed and wondering about refunds, credits, or vouchers for plane tickets,... more ››

From the FTC: Scammers are taking money for face masks but not delivering them

If there’s a high demand online for health and safety items, like facemasks and paper products, guess what scammers pretend to sell? That’s... more ››

From the FTC: Not every COVID-19 testing site is legit

You probably know that COVID-19 tests are in short supply. But did you know there’s no shortage of scammers setting up fake COVID-19... more ››

From the FTC: Don't click on links in unsolicited texts

You might be seeing text messages promising money – maybe the economic impact payments, loans for small businesses, or an offer for money... more ››

From the FTC: Dealing with Debt Collectors During the Pandemic

Job losses have traveled hand-in-hand with the Coronavirus. If you’re having trouble paying your bills, you’re not alone. Here are a few... more ››

From the FTC: Coronavirus and Your Mortgage

Because of the Coronavirus, many people are facing financial challenges, especially paying their mortgage. If you’re unable to make your... more ››

Scam warning from the FTC

Scammers are using COVID-19 messages to scam people are experts at shifting tactics and changing their messages to catch you off guard.... more ››

Tips from the FTC for Avoiding Coronavirus Checks-Related Scams

There’s a lot to worry about when it comes to the Coronavirus crisis, including the new ways scammers are using the economic impact... more ››

Tips for Avoiding Cornavirus Scams

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FTC on Evaluating the Credibility of Coronavirus Information

It's dizzying, the amount of information out there about the Coronavirus. You’re dealing with story after story online and through social... more ››

FTC advice on avoiding coronavirus-related scams

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:

FTC warns of coronavirus-related scams

From the FTC: Scammers don’t take a break.

Advice from the FTC on protecting your devices and personal information while teleworking from home

Teleworking during the Coronavirus outbreak? While working from home can help slow the spread of the virus, it brings new challenges:... more ››