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About Us is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.

The Federal Trade Commission manages, in partnership with the federal agencies listed below. is a partner in the Stop Think Connect campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Share Our Resources encourages you to share our resources with your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. There are many ways to let others know about, and about making smart choices online: post buttons and banners on your site, use your social networking skills, or, order free publications to hand out at events or conferences—or just to give out in your community.

Avoid Scams

Scam artists use clever schemes to defraud millions of people around the globe each year. Being on guard online can help you maximize the benefits of the internet and minimize your chance of being defrauded. Learn how to recognize common scams and what you can do to avoid them.

Tech Support Scams
Don't be tricked by scammers who call and claim they can "fix" your computer.

Avoiding Online Scams
Ten steps you can take to avoid scams

Common Online Scams
Tricks that con artists use to get people to send them money

What you can do to reduce unwanted commercial emails

What to do about messages that ask for your personal information

Money Transfer Scams
Scammers often insist on money transfers for payment because wiring money is like sending cash: Once it's gone, you can't get it back

Online Dating Scams
Signs that your online love is a scam artist

Online Penny Auctions
Tips to help you understand how penny auctions work and recognize the pitfalls before you lose any money

Identity Theft
If you believe your personal information has been lost or stolen, there are steps you can take to minimize the damage

Tax-Related Identity Theft
Warning signs that an identity thief has used your social security number for tax purposes and what to do about it

Work-at-Home Scams
Bogus ads often promise steady income for minimal labor

Weight Loss Claims
Weight loss gimmicks that promise more than they can deliver

Lotteries and Sweepstakes Scams
Have to pay to get your prize? It’s a scam.

Fake Check Scams
A fake check can take weeks to uncover – and cost you a fortune

Imposter Scams
Tips to help you spot a scammer impersonating a friend or relative

Mystery Shopper Scams
Interested in mystery shopping? Distinguish real opportunities from bogus offers

Bogus Apartment Rentals
Looking for an apartment? Look out for bogus listings.

Miracle Cures
Health products that overpromise usually under-deliver. Here’s why.

Debt Relief Scams
Some debt relief offers are code for bankruptcy

Pay-in-Advance Credit Offers
Legitimate lenders don’t guarantee you credit – or require large upfront fees – before you apply

Investment Schemes
Signs that a “low risk” investment is really a sham

The “Nigerian” Email Scam
Don’t believe strangers who offer “big rewards” to help them move money out of a foreign country

 Computer Security
 Tips to help you secure your computer and protect yourself from hackers, scammers, and identity thieves
 Tips for avoiding, detecting, and getting rid of viruses and spyware
 Securing Your Wireless Network
 Steps to take to protect the wireless network in your home
 P2P File-Sharing Risks
 Computer security risks to consider before sharing files through a P2P network
 Laptop Security
 Steps you can take to prevent a thief from snatching your laptop – and all the valuable information stored on it
 Disposing of Old Computers
 Getting rid of a computer? Take these steps to protect your personal information.
 Laptop Security Bookmark
Steps you can take to keep your laptop from getting lost or stolen


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