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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!

It’s been a rather bad year for the nation’s second largest cellular carrier, AT&T, and 2015 doesn’t look like it’s going to get much better. In October, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued the communications behemoth for offering smartphone customers unlimited data plans and then deceptively slowing their bandwidth. 

Vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, so the next time you take a trip, go ahead, sleep late, and enjoy that special dessert but don’t let your guard down when it comes to protecting your identity. Scammers are preying on travelers—stealing critical information through Wi-Fi and with illegal ATM skimming devices.

One thing about scams, no one is immune. Take the case of Joe Melomo, a retired IBM physicist from Austin, Tex. You might think that Melomo would be the last person to be taken by scammers but sadly, he lost more than $170,000 investing in a precious metals scam.