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Vexing Texts

Who doesn’t like to get something for free? That’s what scammers are hoping when they send out messages like this:

You've been selected for a free $1000 giftcard!

Enter the code 'FREE' at yourfavestore.com.shop.biz to get it now.

Only 112 left! Text OUT to stop.

But if you do as the text says, you’ll end up at a website that requires you to give up your personal information to claim your “free” gift. Once you’ve shared your information, the site pushes you to sign up for more than a dozen risky trial offers (which aren’t free) to qualify for the supposedly free gift card they promised you.

Blog Topic: Avoid Scams

Hispanic Heritage Month: Empowering Latino Communities

As we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, we think of all the wonderful contributions Latinos have made throughout U.S. history. From Civil War Admiral David G. Farragut to union leaders César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, baseball’s Roberto Clemente, Nobel Prize winner Severo Ochoa and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the list of Latinos who have empowered the U.S., and all of its communities, is endless.

A False Lens of Security

Thinking of buying an IP camera to keep an eye on your home or business when you’re away? Or maybe you‘ve already set up a security camera that you can access remotely? If so, you’ll want to read today’s news from the FTC.

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Online Payday Loan Brokers: Adding Insult to Consumer Injury

If you need some fast cash, you may be tempted by ads touting online payday loans. But before you click on a link and share your personal information, I have a cautionary tale to share.

Blog Topic: Be Smart Online

Back to School Smarts

With your kids heading back to school, you might be hoping they spend more time with their noses in a textbook than with their eyes glued to a screen. And since you know they’ll be spending time online — socializing, sharing photos, and downloading apps — take the opportunity to talk about being tech smart as well as book smart!

Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online

Check Your Phone Bill Day

OK, it’s not really Check Your Phone Bill Day. But how about checking your wireless phone bill anyway? Pull it up online, dig out your paper copy, or if you don’t get a detailed bill from your phone company, go ahead and ask for one (we’ll wait).

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Blog Topic: Avoid Scams

Don‘t Text Back

You get a text message claiming your email account has been hacked. The message asks you to text back in order to reactivate your account. Has your account really been hacked, or is this a scam?

Blog Topic: Avoid Scams

Preparing for Hispanic Heritage Month? Order Our New Bilingual Bookmark!

If you are planning an activity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) here’s an idea: order the FTC’s new “Visit Us” bookmark and distribute it at your event!
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Blog Topic: Be Smart Online

Might Your Search Yield a Scam?

Do you ever look for products or information online by typing a word into a search engine? I do too. By now, I bet we both know there’s no guarantee that the first result will be the best one. Anyone can set up shop online with almost any name. You may get links to pages that are out-of-date, off-topic, or stocked with low-quality products. Here are some tips for your next search.

Blog Topic: Avoid Scams

Ackk — My Email’s Been Hacked

Friends and family are getting emails or messages you didn’t send. Or your social media accounts have posts you didn’t make. What can you do when it looks like someone’s taken over your account? Here are the steps you can follow if you get hacked.

Blog Topic: Avoid Scams

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