June 20 2017

FTC Warns of Scam Emails Mimicking FTC

By: Robert Parris

Are you getting emails from the FTC asking for you bank information?


Well don’t bother responding because it’s a scam.


The FTC has recently issued a scam alert stating that fraudulent emails have been reported that aim to trick people into believing they are being contacted by FTC Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen.


The email asks you to give your bank account information so, it says, you can get money from a government settlement with Western Union.


The email is a scam to steal your financial information and it’s just the latest variation of an imposter scam.


In 2016, consumers reported more complaints about imposter scams to the FTC than any other fraud.


The FTC does shut down scams and return money to people who lost it to dishonest or unfair business practices.


The FTC, however, will never ask for money, your Social Security number, or any banking information so you can apply for a refund or cash a check.


If the FTC needs to get money to you, they usually send a check through the mail.


If you receive any emails like this, please forward the email to the FTC at spam@uce.gov.


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