By Peter White Ever get an email about an extended car warranty or a free gift from Home Depot? What about online service to flush out malware from your computer? It’s hard to avoid these unsolicited offers. Fraudsters send texts, they call you on your phone, and sometimes use AI to mimic a relative’s […]
By Lukas I. Alpert, MarketWatch “I’m everything you imagine me to be, as long as it’s good and it’s Godly.” That’s how Dennis Jali, a South African self-proclaimed finance guru sold his Christian-themed program of financial success to crowds of mainly African immigrants at churches and banquet halls in and around Baltimore and Washington, D.C. […]
In 2020, nearly 18 million Americans were defrauded through Zelle and other instant payment app scams.
Newark, NJ – January 8, 2019: Menendez, Booker, Sires, Payne demand end Trump shutdown during press encounter at Newark International Liberty airport terminal B. (Shutterstock) U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a senior member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, joined today with advocates and victims in reiterating his call to the big […]
By Jim Kreidler, FTC As 2021 winds down, lots of us are making resolutions for a fresh start in the New Year — maybe to exercise regularly, get our finances in order, or spend more time with friends. But your list isn’t complete until you add “update my security software” and “protect my personal information” […]
By Emily Wu, FTC If you have a federal student loan, you probably already know that the Coronavirus emergency relief program that has paused your payments is ending. Repayments will begin again after January 31, 2022. Scammers know it, too, and are looking for ways to take advantage: they’re calling, texting, and e-mailing to try […]
By Linda Nwoke Have you or someone you know ever been scammed? In 2020, consumers received over $480 million refunds through the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) effort. One of their missions is to investigate and ensure the reimbursement of money to defrauded or consumers turned victims of illegal business practices. Scams abound across the United States […]