FTC works to get your money back

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brings lawsuits to stop unfair and deceptive business practices. One way it helps right those wrongs is by getting refunds to people who lost money. And from July 2017 to June 2018, people got more than $2.3 billion in refunds from FTC cases.

Earlier this week, the FTC released their annual report announcing these results. A new map shows how much money and how many checks the FTC mailed to each state, so you can see the FTC refunds sent to people in your area. You also can find out how the FTC knows who should get refunds and the steps they take to return as much money as possible.

Getting your money back is important to you — so it’s important to them. They can’t get money back in every case, and they can’t always get every dollar that people lost. But they do their best.

Check out ftc.gov/refunds to learn about active FTC refund programs. And help them get the word out about refunds by sharing that link with your family, friends, and community.

If you spot a scam, report it at ftc.gov/complaint. They use these reports to go after companies who have defrauded consumers and sometimes to identify people who lost money to businesses we sued.