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All of us are part of some kind of community, however we define that. Asian-American. Service member. Latino. Older adult.

Here at the FTC, we’re wondering what the marketplace looks like in different communities, and thinking about how fraud creeps in. We’ve seen some examples of fraud targeting specific groups. In fact, we recently filed a case against alleged phone scammers who targeted older adults, pretended to be from Medicare, and took millions from consumers’ bank accounts. 

But we want to hear from people working in different communities directly: what does fraud look like where you are? What scams are affecting your community, and why do you think that is? Also, what can we, collectively, do about it?

logoThat's why we're hosting a workshop: Fraud Affects Every Community, on Wednesday, October 29, starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. We have a day full of experts from many communities coming to share their experiences and ideas. They'll address the questions above, as well as what research tells us about fraud and prevention programs in different communities.

The workshop is free and will be held at the FTC, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. If you want to attend in person, you can pre-register by sending an email to with your name and organization.

It also will be webcast live (the link will appear here on the 29th, and the recorded webcast will live in the same place after the event). The panels will take questions and comments sent via email. Please tune in and participate. We'd like to hear how fraud affects your community!


I've received call for medicare scam, . For continuing education that was not requested , IRS scam that I'm being sued for money . For access to my computer because it's infected claiming to be from Microsoft ,

My account info was hacked and im getting malicious malware

I have already been a Victim of Id Thief however the harassment and tracking of personal information has not stopped!

Herbalife is known to be targeting the Latino community with their "business opportunity" which is an endless chain recruiting scheme. "Nutrition Clubs" is now one of the primary ways in which this is being done. "Trainees" are required to work for free and consume dozens of Herbalife shakes in order to qualify to open their own nutrition club. These clubs lose on average of $18,000 per detailed research. Herbalife is the largest pyramid scheme in history.

Let me tell you what I see in santa
Barbara S.B.C.housing authority building frivolous cases against pre-elderly residents and
Evicting these people and kicking them off of their housing support. But,before they do that they engage a pattern and practice of elder abuse. When the victim makes a complaint with an attorney or otherwise, that person is informed that they are not sixtey-five years old therefore the hell that I went through for nine years is not considered abuse. I have heard this same story over and over from countless people, I dismissed
These story's till it happened to me. Feel free to contact me, sincerely R.West

I was a victim of Identity theft in 201, I had to pay high Lawyers fee's and Private Detectives, recommended by ht e FBI, After I paid high legal fee's ,I ended doing all the work myself, Now this is 2014 and my identity has been stolen again and my information is being sold. I have about 2000thousand loan approvals, Reported this to the Federal trade commission and was told they don't really due anything for you.So I requested the help of a local Congressman, and I hope I will get the help I need.I have also being profile by two Banks in my area, and no one cares about anybody but themselves. I believe I will need to take this to the Media, Maybe i will get some help. Please If you can email me back some type of instruction.
Thanking you in advance.
Ms. Dorcas Martinez
Newport News Virginia.

I am a victim of the IRS fraudulent phone call scam 202-241-7182. The caller threaten, harass by convincing and was very aggressive by threats of "putting you in jail" and "there is a warrant for your arrest" for lying in my tax filings. The money was a large sum via MoneyPak Green Dot.

My computer was hacked therefore I couldn't log into my email address. Frustrated that my privacy was being invaded i created multiple different emails to retrieve what was hacked. Emails later connected from my settings i created links of emails like a spider web to recover what was stolen. Its sad because after I retrieved my email. All my receipts and transactions got deleted from hackers. So mad because now my bank account had to close due to insufficient funds and have had to get a part time job to help pay bills. Leaving me to no money and living life from pay check to pay check when the real criminals are still free stealing personal info.

I am sick of opening threatening emails, some containing Arrest Qarrants, court notice and threatening to hold SS checks. They start threatening just about the time I receive my small retirement check and my SS every month. Smart mouth emails about police coming to put me in handcuffs, reporting to my employer, pulling my family into court and my "so called smart lawyer", as they threaten. I've gotten notice to appear in court, court notices to courts with no addressees. I've even gotten emails that say they are holing court but I don't have to be there, the Judge will decide my fate. This is getting to the point where I'm sick. I thought retirement was suppose to be enjoyable, I did not retire, age 68, to have this mess.

To conduct a careful, thoughtful review.
And strict in what will be a threat to the community.
And individuals with no good relationships with the consumer.
And necessities of various fraud.

Real courts never use email for contact; they uses Snail Mail. Lawyers also never make initial contact via e-mail. so you can always just ignore those e-mails as junk e-mail.

In Pittsburg, California, where I practice law, the payday loan companies commit fraud and unfair and decetive trade actices: They do not negotiate in the borrower's native language, the borrower does not understand the loan and the company violates Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by contacting borrower until late at night many times a day. In one case, the loan amount was $2500 and my client was harassed into paying 300 dollars per month for three years. Talk about predatory practices!

Every afternoon about 4:00p.m. someone calls asking how much credit card debt I want to get into. When I ask when company they are calling from, they hang up immediately.

Two years of Id Theft by previous tenants who broke into my apt 19 times. I was 55 then and the police said I was old and probably forgogt where I put things or what I did, myself. I lived in that apt for 7yrs. I saw 8 families come and go. This last family (of4) was actually 9. My electiricity was spliced into as was my twc service. Neither company would investigate. I was told to tell the landlord. My mail was stole as we each had a slot where mail would drop to the porch we shared. The postal inspector took no action. When I told my landlord I was evicted. I was not given my 900.00 dp after being told in front of all friends helping me pack that I would get it. When I moved the IRS sent a notice stating thieves requested years of my unclaimed tax returns. From there all has quickly worsened. I followed all insrtructions given to me by each source I contacted. I am often left with am orange in my fridge. Thank God for that. To date the phone hasn't stopped wringing and the bills keep coming. My bamk acct has changed often (on line charges) the last was closed - one week old- just the other day. This time the bank did not ask my permission or tell ne prior to them doing so. Mind you I was in the bank when this took place. I was told by Chase bank that they couldn't help me amymore. nice, huh?

Well, I think they go for the older people, and the ones that don't understand and can't understand what they are saying. When people mention they had to pay $2500.00, my gosh I haven't seen money like that. They say so many confusing things, but my husband and I have been married 43 years, and I have never spent that kind of money on him without his knowledge. I have cried over this more than I care to say. Now we have had around 5 phone calls with messages we couldn't understand. My husband answered the 3rd or 4th one and they hung up on him. Then they called back and asked him if he knew I bought a package off of them. My husband replied, I don't think so. The guy on the other end said "Then why do you think I am calling"? My husband replied, "To scam her as you did before". The guy said, "--- Off". We had a no call number, but if I gave it to them it broke the call. I never said anything about a package. And they said I had 4 days to cancel it which was told to me in September I believe. This has been going on since June 24 and still going. The language they used wasn't very professional. Seriously, they scared me. If you need anything else please get a hold of me. I am sorry I missed that meeting. Microsoft called this fraudant, malware. Thank you.

ACA and Health Care Fraud in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia

In this area, The President's Affordable Care Act has certainly helped in that people can buy insurance, of a kind.

In this area, a family or individual cannot buy a PPO. On the marketplace, only Anthem HealthKeepers plans are offered.

I do not know of a single primary care doctor that will take a HealthKeeper's insured patient. Yet nothing else is sold in this area. In addition, many doctors
state "No Marketplace Patients"

I one buys a plan outside the marketplace, the situation is pretty much the same. No PPO's on offer. Only lousy plans that doctors do not take. For love or money, a person cannot purchase a PPO in this geographic area.

I will leave it at that, this one topic. You can imagine how patients are treated by the monolith that "serves" this area, VPE and Valley Health, a five+ group of hospitals. Privacy, HIPAA, accurate records, real doctors, not a chance.
I truly wish a few audits would be done in this area, maybe then federal laws would be taken seriously.

My bank accounts,health insurance, and many other things have been effected. What is this world coming to. Who can be trusted? Where do you go for HELP?

I trusted a very "good friend" of mine and he didn't want to pay his taxes so he used my ss# and said he was in debt up to his ears in med bills from his injured wife...Yes I found the papers and now things are starting to make sence to me. I had no idea he had done this but I needed a roommate to help split the bills and we have been roomates in the past so now I have to start the process of corrections.

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