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Natural Preparedness Month: Make a Plan
Extreme weather and natural disasters can occur with little warning. This year’s floods and wildfires are proof of that. Are you ready to leave your home at a moment’s notice? You can reduce your anxiety about these scary events by making sure you are prepared if and when they happen. Although September is National Preparedness Month, it is always a good time to get your family, pets, and property ready.
Follow this link to organize for catastrophic events. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/09/its-national-preparedness-month-make-plan?utm_source=govdelivery
Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment that happens online. It can happen in an email, a text message, a game, or on a social networking site. It might involve spreading rumors or images posted on someone's profile or passed around for others to see, or creating a group or page to make a person feel left out
Follow this link to learn more: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0028-cyberbullying
Anatomy of a Fake Check Scam
Fake checks drive many types of scams – like those involving phony prize wins, fake jobs, mystery shoppers, online classified ad sales, and others. In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check – sometimes for several thousand dollars and usually for more than what you are owed – and wire some of the money back to that person.
How to Block the Robocaller Nuisance
Sick of getting robocalls and other unwanted calls? You can learn more about how to block them at
You also might know that the FTC continues to go after the people and companies behind these calls. Case in point: recently the Federal Trade Commission announced case against a group of defendants that it alleges are responsible for billions of illegal robocalls.