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How to organize your finances

by Gema de las Heras, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

When it comes to preparing for hurricanes, financial readiness is as important as a flashlight with fully charged batteries. 

Did your dating app match just ask you for money?

By Ari Lazarus, Consumer Education Specialist

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you or your friends might be thinking about love. But not everyone is — some are just looking to get into your pockets. Read on so you can spot and report scammers before they trick someone you care about out of money.

Back to school: Children’s privacy

The FTC wants you to know we’re thinking about your children’s privacy while they use education technology to do their schoolwork.

Lottery Scams

Lottery scams were the fourth most commonly reported scam in 2019, according to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network.

Protect Yourself From Scams on Social Media

by Rosario Méndez, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

In 2021, more than 95,000 people told the FTC that they’d been scammed with a con that started on social media.

Scammers are tricking more people into buying gift cards

According to the newest Data Spotlight, 40,000 people reported losing a whopping $148 million in gift cards to scammers during the first nine months of 2021.

Avoid a money mule scam

by Bridget Small, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Scammers are looking for people to help them move stolen money. They visit online dating, job search, and social media sites, create fake stories, and make up reasons to send you money, usually by check or Bitcoin.

In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, First Community Bank is urging consumers to take an active role in protecting their data.

The Coronavirus pandemic has not only had a dramatic health impact, but also an economic blow as many Americans are now unemployed — and uninsured.