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When you click on an email from a Nigerian prince asking for financial help, hopefully, your guard is up. You know that scammers frequently use the Internet to bilk people out of their money. 

When you answer the telephone and hear someone offering you a deal that sounds too good to be true, your guard is up because you know there are a lot of telephone scammers out there. 

Dim restaurant lighting confounds many a diner who must squint or reach for reading glasses to decipher the menu. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to leave those glasses and the squinting behind? Of course it would, but don’t fall prey to unscrupulous claims that your vision deficiencies can be cured through a downloadable app.

You’re right in the middle of something and the phone rings. You don’t recognize the number displayed on the caller ID, but you answer it anyway. On the other end of the line you hear, “Hi! This is Rachel from card services.

When you hear about a Medicare scam, it typically involves doctors or medical institutions. However, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently shut down a particularly rotten scam that was targeting older Americans.

You’ve seen the ads that pop up on popular websites like Amazon.com—the ones touting “no-risk trials” for magical face potions. Apparently, so has the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

Who doesn’t want to win a contest—especially when the prize is $2 million? Beware—just because you receive a notification that you have won something doesn’t necessarily mean you have—especially if that notice comes from a scam artist. 

On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake hit the country of Nepal. Known as the Gorkha earthquake, it measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. The quake left a death toll upwards of 7,000, tens of thousands injured and a country in ruins. There is no question that Nepal is in dire need of aid and many Americans are ready and willing to give what they can to help.

If you have a credit or debit card, chances are you have received a telephone call, letter, or email informing you that your data may have been compromised. Sometimes, it’s just an alert. Other times, the breach is nefarious enough to warrant issuing you a new card and account number. 

The idea that a pill or a powder can make you stronger, leaner, or healthier fuels a $61 billion a year industry. That’s how much Americans spend on over-the-counter supplements like fish oil, vitamins, and protein powders. 

If you watch television programs like The Dr. Oz Show or The View, you have undoubtedly heard about the miraculous power of green coffee bean extract.

You would think that a product sold by merchants like the Skymall catalog, Amazon, Nordstrom, Sephora, QVC, and Ulta would be 100% legitimate. Not so. Apparently, two companies touting skin care creams and weight loss supplements were making fabulous claims about their products that couldn’t be backed up, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stepped in.

Who doesn’t like coupons—especially ones good for free pizza from Pizza Hut? Many people are receiving emails from what looks like Pizza Hut. The message says that in honor of the chain’s 55th anniversary, they are giving out online coupons that can be redeemed for a free pan pizza. Beware!