Today, the FTC announced a court order against a credit repair company that charged consumers advance fees for credit repair services. This has reminded us that credit repair scams are alive and well. The FTC publishes several good consumer guides around credit repair, so does the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here is a summary of
Seniors, scams, and sweepstakes – The FTC busted an international sweepstakes scam that spanned 156 countries and raked in $11 million from consumers, primarily those over 65 years of age. “We are pleased the FTC has ended this scam,” said Pam Dixon, WPF’s executive director. “We are consistently seeing that seniors who did not grow up
The World Privacy Forum’s Workplace Privacy Project is a long term project to study and document privacy practices in the areas of job applicant privacy, workplace privacy, background checks, and related areas.
The World Privacy Forum and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse have become aware of a nationwide job scam currently in action. We are advising job seekers to avoid any response to job ads coming from Macrocommerce Intersales and to be aware of the high potential for financial fraud and /or identity theft if they have already responded to job ads from this company.
The World Privacy Forum cautions consumers who qualify  to order a federally mandated free annual credit report  to ensure that they take common-sense computer safety steps before ordering their credit report online.  If consumers are unsure about any aspect of securing their computers, calling for a credit report via the official toll free number (877-322-8228) is a good option, as is mailing in for the report.  Both the phone and the mail options generally expose consumers to fewer potential hazards than the online option.