Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications & Outreach Manager, AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

As a new recruit after basic training, there's a lot to learn about your branch of the military, job, and first duty station. Equally important is learning to manage your finances by creating healthy savings habits . Military Saves has your back with these five steps to take as you start your...

Jennifer Leach, Assistant Director, Consumer and Business Education, FTC

Every year, the Partnership for Public Service awards Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (the “Sammies” – or kind of the Oscars for feds) to highlight excellence in the federal workforce, and programs that make the country better, safer and stronger. This year, the FTC is proud to be a...

Rosario Méndez, Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education

Fake debt collectors will say anything that will scare you into paying them. Today, the FTC stopped imposters who pretended to be lawyers. They threatened people with lawsuits and jail time to collect debts that didn’t exist. These imposters often used the names of real small businesses or names...

Misty Stutsman, Director, Center of Excellence in Veteran Entrepreneurship, IVMF

Whether you’re looking to build an empire or simply find sustainable growth for your small business, you already know it can feel like an uphill battle. In fact, 50% of all small businesses fail after their first five years. By year ten? That number shoots all the way up to 80%. So how can you...

Rosario Méndez, Attorney, Consumer and Business Education, FTC

Some scammers specialize in tricking people into paying for things they didn’t order. They often target businesses because they know that, in some businesses, the people who order supplies and the people who pay the invoices might not talk all the time. The scammers bet on the bill-payer assuming...

Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

As with all web-based accounts, investors should take precautions to help ensure that their online investment accounts remain secure. These online security tips can help: Pick a “strong” password, keep it secure, and change it regularly. Use two-step verification or “two-factor” authentication, if...

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

On July 13, @MilConsumer is hosting a Twitter chat to discuss the job search and employment challenges that transitioning servicemembers and their spouses face. Some of the issues we’ll cover include state professional licensing, job-hunting tips, and how to avoid job search scams. Other co-hosts...

Lisa Lake , Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

If you’ve created a product or service you’re eager to sell, it makes sense to get patent or trademark protection. But some information that looks official might really just a scam to get your money . The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the FTC want you to know that there are companies...

Colleen Tressler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Who doesn’t like to save money? Those big colorful “going out of business” sale signs can draw you in, like a moth to a flame. Before you fork over any cash, make sure you understand the real deal. Otherwise, you might get burned. Here are a few things to think about. How can you tell if you’re...

Lisa Lake, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Scammers are creative, cunning and cruel — and they often mix in a little truth to spice up their big lies. This scheme shows just how low they can go. Government imposters claiming to be with the FTC, or another agency like the fictitious “Consumer Protection Agency,” are calling to inform people...

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