FTC & NASCO Conference on March 21 Explores Consumer Protection Issues and Charitable Solicitations

The Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of State Charities Officials will host a conference tomorrow in Washington, DC, to examine how we can best protect donors from fraud and deception in this changing landscape. The event is free and open to the public. It will be available via live webcast and live tweeted […]

FTC & NASCO Announce Preliminary Agenda for March 21 Conference Exploring Consumer Protection Issues and Charitable Solicitations

The Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of State Charities Officials have announced a preliminary agenda for the Give & Take: Consumers, Contributions, and Charity conference. The conference will examine issues related to ensuring that consumers are protected from fraud when they make donations and that they have confidence when making donations. Discussion topics […]

Federal Trade Commission & National Association of State Charities Officials To Host Conference Exploring Consumer Protection Issues and Charitable Solicitations March 2017

Americans contribute a lot of their hard-earned money to charity – more than $373 billion in 2015, which averaged about $1,100 per adult and more than $2,100 per household. With so much at stake for consumers and for legitimate charities that rely on public giving, consumer protection is an important topic when it comes to […]

FTC Advice: Preparing for Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew strikes, the Federal Trade Commission advises that, besides the harm to people and property, hurricanes can also affect your finances. The FTC has information to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from the long-term impacts of a weather emergency, including these basics: Have your financial documents up-to-date, accessible, and portable. […]

FTC Consumer Tips for Homeowners and People Affected by Louisiana Floods

In the wake of the flooding in Louisiana, the Federal Trade Commission has developed a series of blog posts with useful information for homeowners and people affected by the floods, and for those who want to help victims with charitable donations. These three posts offer information and tips for dealing with disasters and flood-damaged vehicles […]

FTC Warns Consumers: Beware of Washington Mudslide Charity Scams

In the wake of the deadly mudslide in Washington State, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, reminds consumers that scams often follow disasters.  If you’re asked to make a charitable donation to help people in disaster-affected areas, before you give, be sure your donations are going to a reputable organization that will […]

FTC Warns Consumers: Charity and Home Repair Scams May Appear After a Disaster

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Trade Commission reminds consumers that scams often follow disasters.  The nation’s consumer protection agency warns people about urgent appeals for charitable donations, and cautions residents in stricken areas about fraudulent home repair offers. If you are asked to make a charitable donation to help people in disaster-affected […]

FTC Urges Consumers to Watch Out for Scams Related to Gulf Oil Spill

As the nation follows news of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so do scammers. The Federal Trade Commission issued an alert urging consumers and businesses to watch out for con artists trying to take advantage of the oil spill in the gulf and to report their experiences to federal and state authorities. […]