E-Commerce and The Internet

Education is a key tool to prevent consumer injury. In this section of our website, you’ll find publications with advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics.

Federal Trade Commission:

Schemes to Cheat the Unwary Homeowner

If you are like most homeowners, your house is your most valuable investment. As a homeowner you have to be very careful to protect your investment or you may become the victim of schemes to steal your money, your equity, or even your house. This brochure will help you recognize equity theft and title conversion scams and avoid them.

Home Purchase Fraud

Learn about All the New Telephone Scams - Don't Become a Victim

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they follow the headlines — and the money.
Stay a step ahead with the latest info and practical tips from the nation’s consumer protection agency. Browse FTC scam alerts by topic or by most recent.

Federal Trade Commission:

InformationGeorgia Consumer's Guide to Deceptive Advertising

Consumers are greatly influenced by countless advertisements urging them to purchase products that they may or may not need or want. While many of these advertisements honestly inform and educate consumers, some are false, deceptive, and even illegal. The impression created by a total advertisement, including visual depictions and headlines, is as important as specific claims contained within the ad. The overall impression may have the capacity to deceive, even though each individual statement may be factually accurate. Advertisers must be able to substantiate all claims or offers made before such claims are advertised, and maintain sufficient records to verify those claims.

Georgia Consumer Protection Unit:

Be on the Alert against Fraud

The FTC, the nation's consumer protection agency, works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and provides information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them.

Federal Trade Commission:

The Wrong Help Can Hurt - Beware of Immigration Scams

Sometimes, people pretend to be “immigration experts” to deceive you and take your money. This is against the law.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services :

Beware of Dishonest Immigration Consultants

Recent immigrants who don't speak English fluently are easy prey for dishonest people who pretend to help them. This brochure, by the National Consumer Law Center helps you protect yourself against dishonest immigrant consultants.

National Consumer Law Center: