FTC Warns Consumers of Scammers Impersonating Agency Staff

Imposters make claims of contest wins or money owed.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released an alert to consumers about the increase in scammers impersonating FTC staff members. The FTC outlined various deceptive tactics being used, such as falsely claiming that consumers have won a contest and need to make a payment to receive their prize or that they owe money to the agency. Also, the agency highlighted instances where imposters used the names of actual FTC employees in their communications with consumers.

To help consumers distinguish legitimate FTC communication from scams, the post presented three facts: the FTC will never call individuals to demand money, threaten them with arrest, or promise them prizes. The FTC also warned that if consumers receive calls from individuals pretending to be FTC representatives, they are advised to promptly report such fraud incidents via the FTC website.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Director Samuel Levine as he leads the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
  • For Chair Lina Khan and members of the FTC as they seek to prevent consumers being defrauded by FTC imposters.

Sources: Federal Trade Commission


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