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  1. News: Consumer Action INSIDER - July 2018
    Table of Contents What people are saying Did you know? Education module prepares homeowners and renters… | Jul 01, 2018
  2. Featured: A guide to protecting yourself from liars, cheats and crooks
    Scammers cheat unsuspecting consumers out of millions of dollars each year, but there are ways to avoid becoming a scammer’s next victim. This guide will help consumers understand how crooks reel in their prey, recognize… | Jun 29, 2018
  3. Press: CA is fourth state to sue Navient over student loans
    The legal problems facing Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan debt collectors, mounted on Thursday as California’s attorney general said he would file a lawsuit accusing the company of widespread deceptions and mistakes… | Jun 29, 2018
  4. Press: Art Institutes faces accreditation setbacks
    An email appeared in students’ inboxes on Jan. 23: “I am writing to share some very exciting news with you,” wrote Daniel C. Snyder, director of student services for The Art Institute of Colorado. | Jun 29, 2018
  5. Modules: Scams
    Each year, millions of consumers lose their money, their trust, their privacy and, in some cases, their safety to scammers. This module is designed to educate and empower consumers to recognize and avoid all types… | Jun 29, 2018
  6. English: Just Say No to Scams
    Scammers cheat unsuspecting consumers out of millions of dollars each year, but there are ways to avoid becoming a scammer’s next victim. This guide will help consumers understand how crooks reel in their prey, recognize… | Jun 25, 2018
  7. English: Just Say No to Scams (Quick Tips)
    The Just Say No to Scams “quick tips" sheet provides consumers with the basics of recognizing the signs of a scam, understanding how to protect themselves and knowing where they can learn more. Formatted as… | Jun 24, 2018
  8. English: Common Scams: Recognizing and avoiding fraud
    This compendium of widely perpetrated scams provides details about how common scams are carried out, how consumers can avoid them, and where to report different types of scam attempts. It is intended for use with… | Jun 23, 2018
  9. English: Just Say No to Scams - Seminar Lesson Plan and Class Activities
    This downloadable packet guides community educators through a two-hour presentation on recognizing and avoiding scams. In addition to the lesson plan (to be used in conjunction with the downloadable PowerPoint presentation),… | Jun 22, 2018
  10. English: Just Say No to Scams - PowerPoint Training Slides
    This downloadable PowerPoint presentation is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Just Say No to Scams'” lesson plan. The slides provide a visual component to the training that… | Jun 21, 2018
  11. Press: To catch a credit card thief
    How virtual mall cops hunt down scammers trying to use stolen cards online. | Jun 12, 2018
  12. Featured: SCAM GRAM: Know the real thing when you see it
    SCAM GRAM is a monthly newsletter. This is the May 15, 2018 issue. | May 16, 2018
  13. Featured: SCAM GRAM: Avoid medical quackery and dubious claims
    Read our April 2018 SCAM GRAM e-newsletter. | Apr 19, 2018
  14. Press: Thinking about getting an advance on your tax refund?
    Tax-refund advance loans can come with some hidden fees. | Apr 16, 2018
  15. Press: Red flags that your tax preparer is a fraud
    The IRS routinely releases examples of cases of real-life investigations that have led to criminal prosecution and sentences for tax-prep fraud and abuse. The National Consumers League has offered the following red flags that can signal… | Apr 06, 2018
  16. Press: When it comes to donating money, whom do you trust?
    Charitable donors are often altruistic by nature. But their idealism may blind them to potential faults in the groups they support. | Mar 23, 2018
  17. Press: Beware of scam call on your medicare health insurance card (Chinese)
    旨在遏止身分盜用、以隨機11位數代碼取代社安號碼的聯邦醫療保險(Medicare)新紅藍卡,將於下個月開始免費更換,但新卡尚未寄發,已引發新一波詐騙事件。在這種最新醫療身分盜用案例中,歹徒假冒聯邦醫療保險代表打電話,要求付款以換取新卡。 | Mar 22, 2018
  18. Press: Una mujer le abre el correo a su marido y encuentra una amenaza aterradora
    Aunque la policía está al tanto, es bastante difícil atrapar a alguien que usa este tipo de extorsión Pamela Levy estaba abriendo su correo cuando se encontró con una amenazante carta de extorsión dirigida a… | Feb 09, 2018
  19. Press: EEUU anuncia arrestos por una trama de fraudes informáticos por 530 millones de dólares
    El Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos anunció el miércoles que 36 personas fueron acusadas por una trama criminal mundial para robar identidades en Internet, que causó pérdidas por más de 530 millones de dólares… | Feb 07, 2018
  20. Press: Don’t be fooled by fake IRS calls or emails
    The 2018 tax season officially opens today. And with the season comes the scams. One scam, which often targets seniors, just won’t die. | Jan 30, 2018
  21. Press: Beware of fake post office and immigration department phone scams (Chinese)
    【新唐人2018年01月26日讯】在本台报导了有人冒充中领馆工作人员进行电信欺诈外,近日在布鲁克林社区又出现冒充邮局或移民局官员,继续行骗。来看详细报导。 | Jan 25, 2018
  22. Press: It’s not just you — Americans received 30 billion robocalls last year
    Americans continue to be bombarded with robocalls — and from all indications, the problem is getting worse.   A majority of robocalls (50-60 percent) were legal, such as legitimate debt collection robocalls, political and charity robocalls,… | Jan 18, 2018
  23. Books: Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
    "Bunk" asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of “truthiness” where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a pervasive cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art. The… | Jan 09, 2018
  24. Press: Prisión para hombre que defraudó a citas por Tinder
    Un hombre de Nueva York que obtuvo fraudulentamente 49.000 dólares de sus citas por Tinder ha sido condenado de dos a seis años de prisión. | Dec 07, 2017
  25. Press: How to avoid losing money to ‘utility company’ imposter scam
    When the phone rings and the caller threatens to shut off your electric, natural gas or water service in just a few minutes because of an unpaid bill, you pay attention. That’s why telephone fraudsters… | Nov 30, 2017
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