Empowering Latinos to know their rights and avoid scams
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the contributions so many Latinos have made throughout history. It’s also a time for us to celebrate you for the vital role you’ve played in helping Latino communities avoid scams.
In the past year, you:
- visited consumidor.ftc.gov almost 1.3 million times to do things like learn about financing a car; look into the cost of funeral services; find out how to order a free copy of your credit report; investigate if opportunities to make money working from home are legit or a scam; decide if home equity lines of credit are right for you; find out what to do if your credit or debit card is blocked; learn about your rights when a debt collector contacts you; find out what to do about illegal robocalls; and how to get a sample complaint letter to send to a company.
- took to social media to spread the word about scams like at-home medical billing and fake international driver’s licenses
- signed up to get our free email updates— a whopping 10,000 of you became new subscribers
- ordered more than 1.6 million free publications in Spanish like a guide for parents about talking with kids about online safety and a booklet for kids about how to socialize online safely; an identity theft bookmark and a tip sheet that tell you what to do right away if someone is using your information; and our series of fotonovelas in Spanish with tips on how to avoid a notario scam, a government imposter scam, an income scam and a debt relief scam; how to deal with debt collectors; and how to avoid financing trouble when you buy a car.
Thank you for being an informed consumer, and for helping your community!
This Hispanic Heritage Month, and year-round, we invite you to order publications and share them. The cost of the publications and the shipping is on us! That’s right, they’re free.
You know where to find us, so please tell your friends they can visit us and find free tips at consumer.ftc.gov, get free email alerts, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and watch our videos on YouTube.