Having access to reliable internet is non-negotiable for countless jobs and innumerable leisure activities, from online shopping to video chatting with friends and family members. It’s understandable, then, that if you don’t currently have access to reliable internet service—or have trouble affording your current bill—that you might be seeking a new or less expensive provider. Unfortunately, if you signed up for one internet service, you might have inadvertently handed over your personal information to scammers, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Find out how to spot the scam and what to do if you think you’ve been targeted.

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In October, the FTC issued a warning to consumers about a new scam had been targeting U.S. residents by offering to provide them free internet service.

Many people are lured into the scam after seeing an ad on social media promising free internet service and a free device provided by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). However, when you click on the ad, you’re directed to a page that requests you submit payment information to receive the supposedly complimentary device and service. Unfortunately, the FTC says, this information isn’t being given to an internet service provider—it’s being served up to scammers.

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