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Updated (10/20/14) to reflect change in workshop location.

What defines “community”? Is it where you live? Your racial or ethnic identity? Your age? Your income? Whether you’ve served in the military? The concept of community can be very personal.

Regardless of how you define your community, the FTC cares about stopping scams you deal with, and preventing others from taking root. The FTC is hosting a workshop on October 29, 2014, called “Fraud Affects Every Community,” to explore:

  • What scams affect your community?
  • What are effective and efficient ways to stop fraud in your community?
  • What are the best ways to redress the damage that fraud causes?
  • What kinds of ads do people in your community see when they surf the web? 

Some scams target specific populations — like service members buying cars or people looking for help with immigration services. The “Fraud Affects Every Community” workshop will bring together consumer advocates, fraud-prevention experts, government officials, and researchers to discuss how to prevent fraud in a variety of communities.          

The workshop is free and open to the public. It will be held at FTC Headquarters, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington D.C. Requests for reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities should be made in advance to Lara Kittleson at lkittleson@ftc.gov or 202-326-3388. If you can’t attend the workshop in person, watch a live webcast and send questions to the speakers through email or social media. We hope you’ll join us to share what you know about fraud in your communities and learn more about scams in every community.   

The FTC’s website has free information on a variety of topics that affect consumers in all communities. 

Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit

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I need information

You can get more information about this event here.

I like this topic to prevent fraud in my community ,is better to have inf resources,also material,because to much thief and killing a special woman and kids are not acceptable in the community ,but its happens.

Will there be a more specific agenda posted?

Yes and it will be posted here. Thanks.

Predatory car interest rates Ally bank and Chrysler Jeep dealer in a carbon New Jersey really Rob to me everybody should be aware of them I don't know what happened it was a $3000 rebate the car was listed for the price sticker that was hidden in the glove compartment for less than 20,000 by the time that Ally bank and Chrysler jeep got together on it I wind up with a $40,000 bill for five year loan Want to cause it's only worth 20 be aware that these crooks

very helpfull

I AM REGISTERED WITH THE FEDERAL COMMISSIONERS BUIRAL,I AM DEALING WITH IDENTITY THEFT,AND ALSO HAVE MORTGAGE LOANS THAT HAVE BEEN OPEN WITH MY INFO,WITHOUT MY CONSENT THERE'S ALSO CREDIT CARDS INVOLED I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO,I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP

If you think you've been a victim of identity theft here are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Find more information about identity theft at ftc.gov/idtheft.

I am a senior citizen and seem to have a bull's eye on my back when it comes to scammers. I am so much in debt, it is affecting my life. I need help in how to identify scammers. Thanks.

I heard the government is investigating a huge scam called Herbalife. Is this true? When will the government take action? Too many people I know have been taken advantage already. Enough is enough.

Has anyone now or the past experiencing scam/ fraud at Aaron's lease to own Kelly's Rentals. Damaged electronics and furniture and verbal and insulting abuse bordering on threats. They are preying on those attempting to repair damaged credit and using fear tactics.

You can file a complaint about a business' practices with your state and local consumer protection agencies. If you think a business isn't living up to its advertising, or you're having problems related to debt collection or fraud, you can report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

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