Get into the act and pass it on
Get 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.