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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says ‘Sweetheart’ Scammers Will Break Your Heart, Empty Your Wallet

 

Tennessee Consumer Affairs

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – With Valentine’s Day (February 14th, 2019) quickly approaching, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs reminds Tennesseans to be wary of ‘sweetheart’ scammers who claim to love you but, in reality, are only after your money.

Learn How to Spot The Red Flags of a Scam Before You Lose

Learn How to Spot The Red Flags of a Scam Before You Lose

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says Tennesseans Lost Nearly $1M to Gift Card Scams in 2018

 

Tennessee Consumer Affairs

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – For scammers, the season of holiday giving is the season of taking, and Tennesseans’ hard-earned money again tops scammers’ wish lists. Unfortunately, Tennessee consumers are falling for scammers’ ploys when it comes to gift card swindles in increasing numbers.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Consumer Sentinel Network reports Tennesseans lost nearly $1 million – over $943,000 – through prepaid gift card scams in 2018, which is a 44 % increase compared to 2017 when scammers stole $653,709 from consumers.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Advises everyone to Approach Free Trials with Caution

 

Tennessee Consumer Affairs

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The option to “try before your buy” when looking for a product or service can be enticing, but the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division is advising consumers to approach free trial offers with caution.

While there are many reputable companies offering free trials, some use these offers as a way to sign you up for more products—even if you don’t want them. These subscriptions can end up costing hundreds of dollars before the consumer realizes their accounts have been debited.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says Secure Your Information During Cyber Security Awareness Month

 

Tennessee Consumer Affairs

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – While technological advances have made everyday tasks easier, they’ve also increased the vulnerability of consumers’ most sensitive personal data. Electronic financial accounts, healthcare information, and social media profiles can be exposed in just a few clicks by enterprising scammers. In recognition of October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Tennessee Consumer Affairs and Securities divisions are providing tips to help keep your information safe online.

Technological Advances Provide Convenience but Leave Unsecure Information Vulnerable according to Tennessee Consumer Affairs.

Technological Advances Provide Convenience but Leave Unsecure Information Vulnerable according to Tennessee Consumer Affairs.

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Tennessee has 10th highest rate for fraud & other reports

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN  The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurances (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs reminds Tennesseans to remain diligent when it comes to reporting fraud and other scams. 

A newly released report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shows Tennessee now has the 10th highest rate per capita in the U.S. for reports of fraud as well as other complaints.

The cost of fraud was steep: Tennessee’s total consumer losses topped $13.7 million last year.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Shares Tips for Holiday Gift Returns

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The holidays have come and gone, leaving some Tennesseans with gifts to be exchanged or returned.

Before bundling up and heading out to the store, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Division of Consumers Affairs encourages consumers to review the following tips from the Federal Trade Commission to help the gift return process go smoothly.

Consumer Tips to help avoid Hassles when returning gifts.

Consumer Tips to help avoid Hassles when returning gifts.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance shares FTC Consumer Alert Regarding Western Union Scam Settlement

 

Consumers Who Lost Money to Scammers Via Western Union Can File a Claim to Get Money Back

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumers Affairs reminds Tennesseans that they must file claims before February 12th, 2018 to be reimbursed for money lost in scams using Western Union.

According to a consumer alert by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union’s money transfer system between January 1st, 2004 and January 19th, 2017, can now file a claim to get their money back by going to FTC.gov/WU before the February deadline.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Do’s & Don’ts in Wake of Equifax Data Breach

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – With over 3 million Tennesseans’ sensitive information exposed in a data breach at the credit reporting firm Equifax, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division wants to help vulnerable consumers plan a course of action to protect themselves from scammers aiming to mine their data through bogus websites and phishing calls.  

According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July and exposed the data of over 143 million Americans.

According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July and exposed the data of over 143 million Americans.

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Blackburn, Tonko Work on Bipartisan Effort to Level Online Ticket Sales Playing Field for Fans of Live Entertainment

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) commended passage of H.R. 5104—The Better Online Ticket Sales Act (BOTS).

This legislation makes the use of computer hacking software (BOTS) to circumvent security measures employed by ticketing sites an “unfair and deceptive practice” under the Federal Trade Commission Act.

“For years ticket scalpers have been taking advantage of computer hacking software (BOTS) to overwhelm on-line ticketing websites with requests,” said Blackburn.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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FTC Dismisses House Republicans Request for Clinton Foundation Investigation

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – In July 2016, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was joined by sixty-four of her colleagues in sending a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

In her letter, Blackburn cited unresolved media reports and recently discovered information about the Foundation’s initial tax exempt filings that portray a lawless “Pay to Play” enterprise that has been operating under a cloak of philanthropy for years. To read the full letter, click HERE.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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