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The FTC’s case against Telomerase Activation Sciences, Inc. (TAS) offers a lesson for consumers: be wary of products claiming miraculous results.

Do your homework before buying a product claiming to do the phenomenal – even if a celebrity endorses it. And tell the FTC if you pay for a product that promises, but fails to deliver, miraculous results.

More on our blog: https://go.usa.gov/xnMZs

Once upon a time, a woman drank a potion, magically turned into the young maiden she was 20 years earlier, and lived happily ever after.
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Western Union refunds: Don’t pay anybody to help you file your claim or get your money back. It’s free to file your claim. It’s free to get your refund.

That’s true whenever the government returns money to you. You. Don’t. Have. To. Pay.

Other practical tips about Western Union claims on our blog: https://go.usa.gov/xnMZr

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It's tax season! Here's an example of a voicemail received from someone impersonating the IRS in a tax scam: https://youtu.be/2eRJGlXMcZ4.

Learn more about IRS imposter scams from this FTC infographic: https://go.usa.gov/xnMxp

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The Federal Trade Commission has charged a student loan debt relief operation (Ameritech and Brandon Frere) with bilking more than $28 million from thousands of consumers throughout the country by falsely promising that consumers’ monthly payments would go towards paying off their student loans.

This is the eighth action the FTC has taken in Operation Game of Loans, the first federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief scams.

Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xnF95

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It’s not just bitcoin. There are now hundreds of cryptocurrencies, which are a type of digital currency, on the market. They’ve been publicized as a fast and inexpensive way to pay online, but many are now also being marketed as investment opportunities.

But before you decide to purchase cryptocurrency as an investment, here are a few things to know: https://go.usa.gov/xnF8Z

It’s not just bitcoin.
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If someone claiming to be with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) contacts you and asks you to send money, it’s a scam. Do not pay. Report it. Spread the word to your family and friends.

Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xn6hH

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You’ve probably seen ads promising help with your student loan debt. Some are scams – here are tips to avoid them: https://youtu.be/7TjSI4Q6ztQ

You’ve probably seen ads promising help with your student loan debt. Some are scams – here are tips to avoid them. The Federal Trade Commission deals with is...
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What would you give for a turnkey system to earn six figures in 90 days or less, all while working from home? That’s what the defendants behind Digital Altitude promised. But the FTC alleges they did not deliver: https://go.usa.gov/xn656

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Is someone using your personal information to open new accounts, make purchases or get benefits? Report it at IdentityTheft.gov and get a free personal recovery plan: https://youtu.be/0GGDKL7TVPo

Is someone using your personal information to open new accounts, make purchases or get benefits? Report it at IdentityTheft.gov and get a free personal recov...
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The IRS does NOT call to demand payment using specific methods like prepaid debit cards, gift cards or wire transfers. Generally, they will first mail you a bil...l if you owe any taxes. If you have received a call from an IRS agent asking for payment via the phone it is a scam. Learn how you can report it: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts

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You’ve opened all your gifts, and now it’s time to open those post-holiday credit card statements. If you were a little too jolly with your holiday spending, here are some tips to help you pay down your credit card debt: https://go.usa.gov/xnsF5

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Did you lose money to a scammer who had you pay using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017? If so, you can ask for money back from the FTC’s settlement with Western Union. And the deadline to file your claim was just extended to May 31, 2018.

Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xns6e

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If you’ve been affected by a recent natural disaster has someone called asking to verify your FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency registration even though you didn’t apply? Or have you tried to claim FEMA benefits or assistance, but were told you had already applied?

After receiving multiple complaints from people living in these affected areas, the FTC wants you to know about a scam involving FEMA impersonators and identity theft. Here is what people are reporting: https://go.usa.gov/xns2m

If you’ve been affected by a recent natural disaster has someone called asking to verify your FEMA registration even though you didn’t apply?
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Aspiring young actors, singers, dancers, models and other artists often network to find auditions, casting calls and other professional opportunities. In their eagerness and excitement, children may think it’s okay to share information about themselves online — especially if it means getting a gig they really want. As a parent, you know better.

You have control over the personal information companies collect online from your kids under 13. This includes your child’s name, address, phone number, email address, and, in some instances, information the companies can use to track your child’s online activities. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) gives you tools to do that.

Read about the FTC's settlement with a company that collected kids' information without permission: https://go.usa.gov/xnsxv

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