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FTC | Consumer Update - August 7, 2014: When is debt collection illegal?

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When is debt collection illegal? by Lisa Lake Consumer Education Specialist, FTC If you’re behind on your bills, you’ll probably get calls from debt collectors. Their job is to get you to pay or make arrangements to pay. But any debt collector who harasses or threatens you is breaking the law. The Federal Trade Commission’s cases against Credit Smart and Regional Adjustment Bureau highlight the facts of life every consumer facing debt collection should know. Read more >

FTC | Consumer Update - April 11, 2014: Dreams Deferred by Jennifer Leach.

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Dreams deferred by Jennifer Leach Consumer Education Specialist, FTC When Langston Hughes wrote about a dream deferred (and asked whether it dries up like a raisin in the sun), he wasn’t necessarily thinking of scams. But many Spanish speakers found their immigration dreams deferred (if not ended) and their money taken by a Baltimore-based couple who promised help with immigration services. Read more >

FTC | Consumer Update January 07, 2014: Claims for genetically customized nutritional supplements: Show me the proof!

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Claims for genetically customized nutritional supplements: Show me the proof! by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC When it comes to treatments for health conditions, it can be tough to tell useful products from those that don’t work as claimed. Dietary supplements may seem like harmless health boosters. But while some have proven benefits, many don't. Read more >