Consumer Information | Federal Trade Commission

Spot and avoid scams and unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices with tips from the FTC, America’s consumer protection agency.

Actived: Monday Jan 11, 2021


Those free COVID-19 money offers on WhatsApp and Facebook

Have you seen a message on WhatsApp or Facebook offering you free help during the pandemic? People have reported seeing messages that seem to be from Pepsi, Walmart, Whole Foods, Target, and other big-name brands. These messages all offer money to people who need it — through grants, coupons for food support, or other giveaways.

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Holiday shopping season 2020 | FTC Consumer Information

Search the store’s name with terms like “coupons,” “discounts,” or “free shipping.” Pay by credit card. Paying by credit card gives you added protections. Never mail cash or wire money to online sellers. If the seller asks you to pay this way, it could be a scam. Use secure checkout.

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Ooh, a sale! Or is it? | FTC Consumer Information

Menard's, the home improvement chain is notorious for advertising their "11% rebate" program. You'll get no rebate check in the mail. The so-called rebate comes in the form of a coupon, good for 11% OFF anything you buy in the store in he future.

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Getting Your Money Back | FTC Consumer Information

The FTC’s Cooling-Off Rule gives you a 3-day right to cancel a sale made at your home, workplace or dormitory, or at a seller’s temporary location, like a hotel or motel room, convention center, fairground or restaurant. But not all sales are covered. Disputing Credit Card Charges.

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Get-rich scheme sold to wannabe Amazon sellers | FTC

“Get started selling on Amazon and make $5,000 - $10,000 in the next 30 days… even if you’ve never sold anything online before.” That’s one of the pitches the promoters of a large get-rich scheme used to lure people into a bogus business opportunity.

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“Free” products weren’t really free | FTC Consumer Information

I am fit just wanted to lose 6 lbs, but I gained weight instead! then I was charged $79.95 2 weeks later, i tried t cancel and then was in dispute with credit card. they just mailed me another one for $84.00!!! 3 way calls x2 today, nothing except they would give me 35% off..

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How to Recognize and Report Spam Text Messages | FTC

promise free prizes, gift cards or coupons; offer you a low or no interest credit card; promise to help you pay off your student loans; Scammers also send fake messages that say they have some information about your account or a transaction. The scammers may. say they’ve noticed some suspicious activity on your account

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Prescription Assistance Programs: Health Information for

Prescription assistance programs, or PAPs, enable people who can’t afford to pay for their medications to get them for free or a reduced price.

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Random text message? No real prize is waiting for you

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Don’t reply to — or click on — a link for a random text message you see on your phone saying that you’ve won a prize, gift card or an expensive electronic like an iPad.

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Government Job Scams | FTC Consumer Information

But that hasn’t stopped scam artists from trying to make money off of people looking for federal or postal jobs. These scammers advertise in the classified sections of newspapers or online and offer — for a fee — to help job seekers find and apply for federal and postal jobs. Some even try to hoodwink people by using company names that

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