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When your computer life is held for ransom

Imagine if everything on your computer was “kidnapped” — including all of your precious family photos and important personal documents. And the only way you could access any of it

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The top three ways to avoid fraud

In pretty much every article and blog post we put out, you’ll find tips to help you avoid scams. The idea is that, if you can spot a scam, and

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Academics and scientists: Beware of predatory journal publishers

If you’re a scholar or scientist, you know the value of being published in an academic journal. Unfortunately, some dishonest publishers also understand this — and have used it to

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Helping Victims of the Flooding in Louisiana — Make Sure Your Donations Count

It’s heartbreaking to see people lose their lives, homes, and businesses to the ongoing flooding in Louisiana. But it’s despicable when scammers exploit such tragedies to appeal to your sense

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FTC says car dealer took consumers for a ride – again

According to the Sinatra standard, „Love is lovelier the second time around.” But the same can’t be said when a car dealership that has already settled an FTC law enforcement

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You want online security tips? We’ve got ‘em

Ever wonder if you’re taking the right steps to keep your devices and information secure? Perhaps you’re a parent or educator looking for tips to help protect kids online. Or

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FTC staff sends warning letters about anti-Zika claims

Mosquitoes aren’t just another picnic pest. They can carry serious diseases running the gamut from A to Zika virus. And just as illness can follow when mosquitoes infest, consumer injury

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SEC imposters – don’t be twice fooled

“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” is an old adage. While there’s no shame in being the victim of a scam, nobody wants to

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Looking to block unwanted calls?

Are you signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry, but still getting unwanted sales calls? If a company is ignoring the Registry, there’s a good chance it’s a

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Online shopping: Tips to keep close to your wallet

Online shopping makes it easy and convenient to search for — and buy — the must-have items on your wish list. Before you buy, check out this video for tips

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Herbalife Will Restructure Its Multi-level Marketing Operations and Pay $200 Million to Settle FTC Charges

Herbalife Will Restructure Its Multi-level Marketing Operations and Pay $200 Million For Consumer Redress to Settle FTC Charges. Company Must Tie Distributor Rewards to Verifiable Retail Product Sales And Stop

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Homework for the “smart” home

Smart technology makes it possible to connect devices — from pet feeders to home surveillance systems — to the Internet and control them from nearly anywhere. The technology is evolving

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Shutting down scammers and their pop-up ads

Ever wonder how you spot a tech support scam? Ads that pop up on your computer with messages like ‘SECURITY ALERT’ or ‘Urgent Notice: your data may be at risk’

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Refunds for Kevin Trudeau’s victims

Hundreds of thousands of people who bought Kevin Trudeau’s book “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About” after watching his deceptive infomercials will get money back,

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“Doctor Trusted” couldn’t be trusted

Do you ever shop online for health products, like dietary supplements? Maybe you’ve seen various seals and certificates on sites you visit — showing that a site is secure, or

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Identity theft… by mobile phone

Identity theft can happen to you – and your mobile phone. It has even happened to the FTC’s Chief Technologist, Lorrie Cranor, and other FTC colleagues. How does it happen?

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FTC Charges Gold, Silver Investment Scheme with Fraud

The Federal Trade Commission charged a nationally advertised gold and silver marketing operation with bilking millions from consumers. Defendants allegedly failed to deliver orders as promised. The FTC seeks to

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Marketplace lending leads off FTC FinTech series

Looking for a loan? For consumer of marketplace lending is changing the face of credit. Mark your calendar for June 9, 2016, when the FTC kicks off its FinTech series

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Buying contacts or glasses? You should see a prescription first

The FTC’s Contact Lens Rule makes it easier to comparison shop – which can help you save money. You see (no pun, intended), the Rule gives you the right to