June 20, 2024
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People’s experience with scams, and the tips to help all of us avoid scams and protect those we care about.

Learn more about how fraud affects every community at the FTC’s website here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/every-community
I had a phone call from my sister. She had gotten a phone call from someone saying that my brother had gotten into a car accident and hit a kid.

When I got out of the military, that was around the time when I would start getting collection calls from third parties I did not recognize.


The company promised to pay my credit cards. They advertised on TV.

They told me that they needed my social security number. They needed my bank account number for new Medicare cards.

These scams can target very specific communities. So when it’s happening to you, chances are it’s happening to people you know, people you love. So tell other people about it. Warn them. And by talking about it, telling these stories, you’re helping to protect not just yourself but your whole community.

The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.

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