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  • A billion illegal robocalls

    We all know that robocalls can be annoying. They can also be illegal. It’s against the rules for companies to try to sell you something under the guise of a political or charity-related robocall. But we’ve found that not everyone plays by the rules.

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  • Free TV – but what’s the catch?

    You’ve seen the attention-grabbing ads. Get DIRECTV’s satellite TV packages for as little as $19.99 a month for a year! Throw in HBO and Showtime – “free for 3 months.” It’s enough to make you “ditch cable now” and head straight into orbit with satellite TV. But before you pop the corn and head to the couch, listen to this. The FTC says DIRECTV didn’t give consumers the whole scoop and their viewers got stuck with charges they didn’t know about or approve.

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  • It’s the IRS calling…or is it?

    at the FTC, we think about scams all day long. What are the scammers’ new angles? How can we keep ahead of them? We hear from people about the scams they see, and we turn that into tips people use to spot and avoid scams.

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  • Been hacked or hijacked? Read this.

    Your email’s been hacked — what do you do?

    Don’t just watch — share the videos with friends and family, neighborhood listservs, groups you’ve joined. You’ll be spreading good computer karma

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