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The Stop Senior Scams Acting Program gets into the actGet into the act — that’s the theme for Older Americans Month this May. Wondering how you can get into the act in your community? Try using Pass it On — the FTC’s consumer education materials designed to start older adults talking about scams. 

Pass it On makes getting into the act easy. It gives you tools to start conversations and pass on information about scams. It includes articles, presentations, bookmarks, activities, and a video on six scams that affect older adults. Here are a few ways you can use it:

  • Put on a play. In Southern California, the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program — an acting troupe ranging in age from 65 to 96 — uses skits to teach other older adults about scams. You may catch them acting out scams they’ve experienced. Or performing their signature tune “Just Hang Up,” singing: “Just hang up! Oh yeah, before they try to scam you, just hang up!” And you’re likely to find them handing out Pass it On and reminding audiences to report scams to the FTC. They perform at nursing homes, temples, senior centers and community organizations.   
  • Host a scam jam. Maybe acting’s not your thing. Pick a scam that affects your community — like imposter scams. Then, host a community event, big or small, where you offer the Pass it On activity sheet about that scam; hand out bookmarks; and even give a presentation, using our sample PowerPoints
  • Pass out Pass it On. You probably know someone who could use tips about scams. The next time you’re at your local library, church or temple, or even visiting a relative in a nursing home, take a stack of Pass it On materials with you. You can order them online for free, in bulk, in English and Spanish.

Have other ideas about how to use Pass it On? Get into the act in your own way. Then, let us know how you get into the act and pass it on.

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Money & Credit


This is so true. I am getting unknown calls every day. At first I answered & no one there. Emails are getting worse as well. I have received calls supposedly from the IRS, I forward this info to the FBI spam. My mother received a call & gave some of her personal info. We were lucky as we caught this within a couple hours & was able to close accounts before anything could happen. Thank you for this information.

Enjoy and do something to give

I have spoken with the apartment complex management. There are 50 bldgs. with 12 units each.They are willing to let me set up your power point presentation in their center.

Yes, we would love to be a part

How can you fight big banks if they didn't follow 3-5 business and you got scammed because they didn't use that policy and cash a fake money order same day against your account even though you didn't have monies to cover fake money order and you did transactions for mystery shopper job that require you to send that most of the monies as part of reporting on Customer care efficiency. If the bank teller was trained properly and utilize tools taught to identify fake money order and wait for money order to clear 3-5 business days before cashing fake money order of $1920.00 I would not have to pay them back what is my recourse to stop them from sending me to collection agency to cover the amount plus fees etc

Under federal law, banks generally must make funds available to you within certain time. However, just because funds are available doesn’t mean the check is good. It can take weeks to discover that a check was a forgery. Until the bank confirms that the funds from the check are deposited into your account, you are responsible for any funds you withdraw against that check.

Unfortunately, you have lost money, because the money you wired can’t be retrieved. You are responsible for the checks you deposit, even though you don’t know they’re fake.

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As an actress in the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program, I can say with certainty that it's an honor to be a part of a program that helps raise awareness about scams that target seniors. We do our best to get in the act and get the word out. And we are happy to use the FTC's consumer educational materials -- PASS IT ON! These tools are a great way to boost consciousness about scams that are designed to separate seniors from their money. The more informed seniors are, the less likely they are to fall prey to these fraudulent schemes. So, thank you to the FTC, and let's PASS IT ON!

It's so amazing all of the wonderful things are talking care of. I hope that more people find out about you. I tell all people I come in contact with, Government that works!

I'm one of the younger members at the local Senior Center, that happens to be on your email list for keeping up with consumer issues. It's been a great educational experience.

I want to share the FTC's articles with my Senior Center by reprinting topics that seniors care about in our monthly paper. I assume this is OK, as long as I give credit for the original source to the FTC.

Our paper is produced in the capitol city of my state, but circulated in the entire county.

Some of the topics related to seniors the FTC has made posters for that I am interested in are:
Grandkid Scams
Tech Support Scams (my 70 yr old neighbor got bit)
IRS Imposter Scams
Health Care Scams
"You’ve Won” Scams
Phone Scams

We're so pleased you find our materials intersting and helpful. And yes, please share our information with your community. Thanks!

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