What you need to know about weight loss scams

More than 100 million Americans were watching their diet to lose weight in 2019, according to survey data from consumer research firm MRI-Simmons. Figures like that fuel a U.S. weight-loss industry worth more than $70 billion a year — and a widespread trade in dubious products that will reduce only your bank account.

Is a credit freeze or fraud alert right for you?

During Identity Theft Awareness Week 2022, we’ve talked about reducing your risk of identity theft. Credit freezes and fraud alerts can help. Both are free and make it harder for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. One may be right for you.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: What We Have Learned

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15 raises awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. This is more important than ever as cases of elder abuse have increased significantly during the pandemic. Abuser tactics—isolation, manipulation, and systemic barriers (such as ageism and racism)—put older adults at greater...

Your guide to protecting your privacy online

The things we do throughout the course of our day give businesses access to information about our habits, tastes, and activities. Some might use it to deliver targeted ads to you, or to give you content based on your location, like stores nearby or the weather forecast. Others might sell or share that information.

Share FTC materials here, there, and everywhere

Have you wondered how you can help the older adults in your life — your parents, grandparents, and neighbors — avoid fraud? Here’s an easy answer: share. Share what you know about fraud, and share free materials from the FTC that alert people to scammers’ schemes. May is Older Americans Month, and a great time to help the people you care about learn how to avoid fraud.

Free weekly credit reports during COVID extended until April 2022

If you’re feeling anxious about your financial health during these uncertain times, you’re not alone. That’s why the three national credit reporting agencies, which last year gave people weekly access to monitor their credit report for free, are extending that benefit until April 20, 2022.

Addressing the Impact of Winter Storms: Resources for Advocates

The severe winter weather of the past week has left many households without heat and electricity. For older adults and other at-risk populations, the loss of utilities can exacerbate health conditions. Poor road conditions also further isolate individuals and impact access to essentials and supportive services. Legal assistance providers and aging and disability advocates may be called on...

Identity Theft Awareness Week starts today

The challenges that COVID-19 has brought include a higher risk of identity theft. In 2020, the FTC got about 1.4 million reports of identity theft, double the number from 2019. Repeatedly, identity thieves targeted government funds earmarked to help people hard hit financially by the pandemic. Join us for Identity Theft Awareness Week, February 1-5. Learn about protecting yourself from identity...

AG Nessel Shares Best Practices for Consumers Amid Pandemic This Holiday Season

While the holiday season may look a little different from years past due to the pandemic, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is sharing tips to ensure Michiganders protect their wallets while staying safe this season.

Michigan Stay Well Mental Health Resources

If you’re feeling emotional distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. There are many ways to connect with emotional-support services without the need to leave home.