The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government that aims to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace.
The FTC’s website is a helpful resource for SLFCU members who are searching for information about money management, ways to avoid scams, and how to protect yourself as a consumer. You can visit the FTC directly at ftc.gov to access security information under their Tips & Advice tab.
The FTC provides information such as:
PRIVACY, IDENTITY & ONLINE SECURITY
Learn about identity theft and what you can do to better protect your personal information. The FTC provides tips on limiting unwanted calls and emails as well as keeping your personal information, computer, and online files secure. If your children are online, you can get advice for reducing the risks. This section also offers advice on how to protect against and recognize instances of identity theft, and the steps to take if your personal information is stolen.
MONEY & CREDIT
Learn how to recognize financial scams and frauds as well as what to do if there has been fraud on your accounts. You can also find information about saving, spending, or borrowing money that can help you make better financial decisions.
HOMES & MORTGAGES
Learn how to identify home improvement, mortgage, and foreclosure scams that try to take advantage of homeowners. The FTC also provides information about shopping for home loans, home improvements, and saving energy.
JOBS & MAKING MONEY
Learn about your rights regarding background checks and credit checks by potential employers. Find information to help you make smart choices about education and training for future employment, working from home, and going into business.
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