Posts Tagged ‘Federal Trade Commission’

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a warning about fake debt collectors. These are predators who call people and pretend to be in charge of collecting consumer debts. Trouble is: the so-called collectors are actually criminals.

Getting called by a debt collector can be a nerve-wracking experience. Scam artists take advantage of this fact and use it as an opportunity to steal from well-intentioned victims. These criminals demand payment on behalf of well-known corporations, but their intent is to pocket the money themselves.

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How Safe Is Your Identity?

Monday, July 27th, 2009

indetity_theftIdentity theft has become one of the most common crimes in the United States. According to the Federal Trade Commission, up to 9 million people are victimized by identity theft every year, and that number continues to grow.

It’s a difficult crime to track because it’s not something you can actually see happen. Thieves don’t need to be near you to steal your identity; the perpetrators are often far away and working behind closed doors. Most people don’t even know they were victims of identity theft until several weeks after it happens.

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