OnGuard Online Blog

“Green Card” Lottery Scams

The results for the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery are now available at dvlottery.state.gov.

That’s good news for people who are hoping to become “lawful permanent residents” in the US (sometimes referred to as “getting a green card”).

But it’s also a good opportunity for scammers to try to confuse hopeful applicants.

Blog Topic: Avoid Scams

Something Smells Phishy…

Have you ever received an email from a business that asked you to respond with personal or financial information? Maybe even a text from a company that threatened to close your account if you didn’t verify your identity? That smells phishy.

Join the FTC, Stop.Think.Connect., and others for a Twitter chat on phishing this Thursday, May 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Follow @FTC and use the hashtag #ChatSTC to join the conversation!

Phishing Scams Game

Blog Topic: Be Smart Online

Psss... It's Password Day. Pass it on!

If Hanson’s MmmBop was the number one single when you last changed the password for your email account, it’s time for an update. Like certain pop songs, passwords don’t stand the test of time.Login Screen

Reducing Robocalls: Practical Tips & Tricks

You don’t have to tell us twice, we know robocalls are annoying. Our Robocall Challenge generated advice we wanted to share, from consumers who say they’re using certain tricks to stop these harassing calls now.

FTC Robocall Challenge: Consumer Tips & Tricks

 

Blog Topic: Avoid Scams

Fraud Affects 25 Million People: Recognize Anyone You Know?

The FTC is always working to know more about the types of fraud being committed and who spends money on them. Consumers provide us with useful information through periodic surveys that ask them to share the important details about their recent marketplace experiences and a bit about themselves.

Fraud Survey Report Cover

A Tech Tip for Earth Day

Thinking of recycling an old cell phone in honor of Earth Day? Before you do, you’ll want to delete any personal information stored on the device. That way, your emails, text messages, contacts, photos, and other personal information won’t fall into the wrong hands.

Consumers Report: The FTC Fraud Survey

The FTC provides useful information to consumers, and consumers provide useful information right back through periodic surveys that ask them to share the important details about their recent marketplace experiences. Last year, we asked people about their experiences with 17 types of fraud, and learned that nearly 11 percent of US adults, or an estimated 25.6 million people, had paid for fraudulent products and services in 2011. Here’s what our researchers found...

fraud survey cover

All Things Connected

Your mobile phone sets your home alarm system. Your tablet schedules the DVR in your bedroom TV. Your smart watch sends your blood pressure levels to your physician. Every day more and more consumer devices communicate with each other over the internet. Some people call this growing network the “Internet of Things.”

Blog Topic: Be Smart Online

Is Your Mobile Bill a Cram Sandwich?

People have long complained about unauthorized charges — cramming — on the bills for their landlines. The FTC has responded loudly and clearly, bringing more than 30 cases, getting tens of millions of dollars back for consumers, and advocating for reforms to eliminate landline cramming. But fraudsters, trolling for new opportunities to cheat consumers, have found the bills for people's mobile devices to be fertile territory.

Blog Topic: Avoid Scams

Annual Highlights

Springtime: For us here at FTC headquarters, it means warm weather, cherry blossoms on the National Mall, and the publication of the agency’s Annual Highlights.

.FTC Annual Highlights

Pages