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 One way to stop scammers? Talk about scams. Start the conversation at

Have you wondered how you can help the older adults in your life — your parents, grandparents, and neighbors — avoid fraud? Here’s an easy answer: share. Share what you know about fraud, and share free materials from the FTC that alert people to scammers’ schemes. May is Older Americans Month, and a great time to help the people you care about learn how to avoid fraud.

Start with Pass It On, a group of materials designed to encourage older adults to talk about scams that often target them. You’ll learn about online dating scams, grandkid scams, and scams promising tech support or asking for charity donations. Visit Pass It On to download or order free materials, including articles, presentations that you can deliver, bookmarks, and activity sheets in English and Spanish.

Are you a blogger? Do you publish a newsletter, or post helpful information on social media? Maybe you’re a teacher, or work with older adults as a community service provider or volunteer. Here are other ways to use these free resources.

All FTC information is in the public domain, and free to share. Most information is English and Spanish. Order free publications at (in Spanish: Make them yours, pass them on, and thank you for helping older adults avoid fraud.


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Money & Credit
Scam Tags:  Avoiding Scams


As a victim of scams, only wish I had been wise and stronger to reject the advances of those people. Talk about what is going on and LISTEN to others as a good word of caution

I use an iPhone for Primary Contact for business, medical, family and close friends and registered in 'No Call Registry'.
I use my landline/home as a voicemail repository: "This is a voicemail repository only. Leave name of person you need to contact, your name and brief message. If no message your phone number will be blocked." Results: no messages

Seniors need to be weary of cable/internet installers. My neighbor is an installer and accessed my information and hacked my computer.

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