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  • Bankrate Inc.’s Successor in Interest Agrees to Pay $28 Million to Resolve Securities and Accounting Fraud Charges

    Baton Holdings LLC, as the successor in interest to Bankrate Inc., a financial services and marketing company (Bankrate), has entered into a nonprosecution agreement and agreed to pay $28 million in combined monetary penalties and restitution to...

    • Posted April 23, 2019
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  • Phishing: Don’t Take the Bait

    Phishing is when someone uses fake emails or texts – even phone calls – to get you to share valuable personal information, like account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use this...

    • Posted April 23, 2019
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  • Getting calls from the SSA?

    Probably not. At least, not from the real SSA. But how many of you have gotten calls from someone who said they were the Social Security Administration? And maybe showed the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) or...

    • Posted April 23, 2019
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  • A Review of Financial Concerns Facing Servicemembers

    Servicemembers, veterans, and military families (collectively referred to as “servicemembers”) answer the call of duty every day to keep America safe. Congress charged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with coordinating financial protection for servicemembers, which includes working...

    • Posted April 22, 2019
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  • Operation Donate with Honor Continues

    Last year, the FTC and state charity regulators joined in Operation Donate with Honor to stop sham veterans charities from lying to donors. Today the FTC is announcing that it shut down two more operations that collected...

    • Posted April 22, 2019
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  • FTC’s Tech Support Takedown 2019

    We read you loud and clear! Last year, the FTC got nearly 143,000 reports about tech support scams. We’ve been warning people about this type of scam for years. But one piece of information in the FTC’s...

    • Posted April 22, 2019
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  • Get Your Credit on Track with This New Booklet

    Today the Bureau is releasing “Want credit to work for you?” the newest addition to the Your Money, Your Goals suite of financial empowerment tools.  The third in a series released by the Bureau, this booklet provides...

    • Posted April 19, 2019
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  • Get Money Smart during Money Smart Week

    During Financial Literacy Month in April, the CFPB joins the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank in celebrating Money Smart Week (March 30-April 6). This event is a great opportunity to teach consumers how to be smarter with their...

    • Posted April 19, 2019
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  • What to do About Robocalls

    Not another robocall! We’ve all felt that way. Wondering what to do about robocalls? Check out this new video: The FTC worked with AARP to create a series of videos about imposter scams – including robocalls, IRS...

    • Posted April 19, 2019
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  • Handling Sudden Income Changes

    Are you equipped to handle a sudden change of income? Most people aren’t prepared for any sort of drastic change that could happen today, tomorrow, or a week from now. And it almost certainly will at some...

    • Posted April 16, 2019
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  • A snapshot of mortgage complaints

    Every day, people submit complaints to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection about a wide variety of consumer financial products and services. Today, we released our Complaint snapshot: Mortgage . It takes a deeper dive into the...

    • Posted April 12, 2019
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  • Two Defendants Settle Allegations in ‘Money Now Funding’ Credit Card Charge Laundering Scheme

    Two defendants charged with laundering millions of dollars in credit card charges through fraudulent merchant accounts have settled with the Federal Trade Commission. Under the proposed settlement order, the defendants, Nikolas Mihilli and Dynasty Merchants, LLC –...

    • Posted April 11, 2019
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  • How to Calculate Deductions From Your Hourly Paycheck

    Going from being a salaried worker to an hourly employee can be a huge adjustment, especially when you get your paycheck. You may notice that your earnings vary from one pay period to the next. It’s important...

    • Posted April 11, 2019
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  • Defendant in Fraudulent Business Coaching Scheme Settles with FTC

    One of the defendants involved in MOBE, a massive internet marketing and business coaching scheme alleged to have bilked hundreds of millions of dollars from consumers worldwide, has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission. In...

    • Posted April 11, 2019
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  • Fake Calls About Your SSN

    The FTC is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money. In one version of the scam, the caller...

    • Posted April 10, 2019
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