FTC Warns of COVID-19 Scams Related to American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “is watching closely and will aggressively go after fraudsters who try to exploit the relief effort” for Americans hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic following the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, according to a statement from FTC Chairwoman …

Continue reading "FTC Warns of COVID-19 Scams Related to American Rescue Plan Act of 2021"

FTC Participating in 23rd Annual National Consumer Protection Week in 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and more than 100 federal, state, and local agencies, consumer groups, and national advocacy organizations are participating in the 23rd annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) being held from February 28, 2021, to March 6, 2021, according to a press release from …

Continue reading "FTC Participating in 23rd Annual National Consumer Protection Week in 2021"

FTC Hosts Identity Theft Awareness Week from February 1 to 5, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its partners will host free webinars and other events during Identity Theft Awareness Week from February 1 to 5, 2021, to highlight ways to protect personal information, the warning signs of identity theft, and what to do if identity theft occurs, …

Continue reading "FTC Hosts Identity Theft Awareness Week from February 1 to 5, 2021"

Identity Theft, Fraud, and Data Breaches Affect Consumers During Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn More than eight in ten consumers – 86 percent – were the victim of identity theft, credit/debit card fraud, or data breaches in 2020, increasing from 80 percent in 2019, while over half – 51 percent – also experienced a rise in phishing activity during the Coronavirus …

Continue reading "Identity Theft, Fraud, and Data Breaches Affect Consumers During Coronavirus"

International Fraud Awareness Week Takes Place November 15 to 21, 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) – the world’s largest anti-fraud organization – is asking businesses to join the global effort to minimize the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education during International Fraud Awareness Week that takes place from November 15 to 21, …

Continue reading "International Fraud Awareness Week Takes Place November 15 to 21, 2020"

FTC Launches New Consumer Fraud Reporting Website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 22, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – which works to protect and educate consumers – announced it had launched a new website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov where consumers may easily report fraud and all other consumer issues directly to the FTC, according to a press release …

Continue reading "FTC Launches New Consumer Fraud Reporting Website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov"

FTC Settles with Retailer Over Alleged FCRA Violations Related to Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 10, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a department store retail chain agreed to pay a civil penalty of $220,000 to settle allegations that the retailer violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) “by refusing to provide complete records of transactions to consumers …

Continue reading "FTC Settles with Retailer Over Alleged FCRA Violations Related to Identity Theft"

FTC Data Shows Active Duty Service Members More Susceptible to Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports active duty service members were 76 percent more likely than other adults to report identity theft from misused existing bank accounts or credit cards, and 22 percent more likely to report their stolen information was misused to open a new account, …

Continue reading "FTC Data Shows Active Duty Service Members More Susceptible to Identity Theft"

FTC Warns Consumers about Scams Taking Advantage of Coronavirus Outbreak

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency of the United States that protects and educates consumers – is warning the public in a blog post on the FTC website about scams that seek to take advantage of fears surrounding the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus …

Continue reading "FTC Warns Consumers about Scams Taking Advantage of Coronavirus Outbreak"

IRS Launches Identity Theft Central to Help Protect Taxpayers and Businesses

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Just in time for tax season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – the tax collection agency for the United States of America – has announced the launching of its new Identity Theft Central to improve online access to information about tax-related identity theft and data security protection …

Continue reading "IRS Launches Identity Theft Central to Help Protect Taxpayers and Businesses"