Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education

If you can’t get your hands on a Nintendo Switch gaming system, you may think an emulator is the next best thing. Think again. Online ads for emulators, sometimes with Nintendo branding, say they can run Switch’s games on your desktop. But there is no legit Nintendo Switch emulator. It’s a scam...

by Colleen Tressler , Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Do you have a debt with the IRS that’s more than two years old? If so, you might be getting a letter from the IRS about your account being transferred to a private debt collector. This new program only applies to taxpayers who have had an IRS debt for years, and who were previously contacted about...

FINRA, Investor Education Foundation

The FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship program is accepting applications through April 21, for the 2017 class. The Fellowship program certifies military spouses to provide financial counseling and education within the military community and beyond. The FINRA Foundation covers the costs of...

Will Maxson, Assistant Director, Division of Marketing Practices, FTC

Some cons send pop-up computer warnings to pitch unnecessary – and sometimes harmful – tech support services. Some make phone calls. Others – like one scammer the FTC just sued – send spam emails that falsely claim the FTC hired them to help remove problem software. In this case , announced today,...

Will Maxson, Assistant Director, Division of Marketing Practices

“Something for nothing” sounds appealing, but often there’s a hidden cost. If the something is a site or app offering free downloads or streams of well-known movies, popular TV shows, big-league sports, and absorbing games, the hidden cost is probably malware . Sites offering free content often...

Cristina Miranda, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Servicemembers and veterans face unique challenges dealing with financial issues, managing their money, and avoiding scams. For servicemembers, frequent relocations mean regularly shopping for housing and buying or selling a car. And servicemembers and veterans alike will navigate important...

Lisa Lake, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

When your electricity goes out, you lose power in more ways than one. Daily necessities are out of reach without lights, warm water, and heat or air conditioning. So if you get a call from someone threatening to shut off your utilities because they say you owe money, you’re going pay attention –...

Carol Kando-Pineda, Attorney, Consumer & Business Education, FTC

We’ve got some Twitter chats planned for servicemembers, families, and anyone who works with the military community. @MilConsumer and @DeptVetAffairs (Department of Veterans Affairs) will host a chat about avoiding and recovering from tax, child, and medical identity theft. Join in at #...

Colleen Tressler, Consumer Education Specialist

April showers bring May flowers. April also is a good time to plant seeds for a financially fit future. After all, April is Financial Literacy Month. Seeds of information from the Federal Trade Commission are free. They include publications on saving and shopping, credit and debt, buying a home or...

Lisa Lake, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Scammers know how to design phony checks to make them look legitimate. In fact, the Council of Better Business Bureaus just released a list of the most “risky” scams , based on how likely people are to be targeted, how likely to lose money, and how much money they lost. Fake checks were number two...

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