Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

The FTC joins with other federal agencies to celebrate Hispanic heritage from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 during our nation’s official Hispanic Heritage Month. But the FTC uses enforcement and education every day, all year long, as part of its mission to protect all consumers from unfair and deceptive practices in the marketplace, online and off. We use our enforcement authority to stop scams that target Spanish speakers, whether they involve fraudulent marketing practices, illegal debt collection practices, false advertising claims, or identity theft.

We deliver free information in Spanish on a wide range of consumer issues, in a variety of formats. Our resources in Spanish help Latino consumers recognize government imposters, protect their computers from malware and their personal information from phishing attempts, and avoid income scams.  We invite you to take a look at our Spanish-language resources, share them with your networks, and comment on our blogs. You’ll find:

  • Articles that explain consumer protection laws and provide practical advice to help you make  informed decisions on managing and spending your money
  • Videos that offer realistic tips on recognizing identity theft, weight loss fraud, and travel and vacation scams
  • Scam alerts on the latest frauds   
  • Websites with easy to follow steps about being safer online
  • Minute-long money-saving audio tips
  • Colorful “fotonovelas” that use complaints from consumers to illustrate some all-too-common scams
  • ¡Pásalo!, a new campaign aimed at older people that encourages them to help their friends recognize the telltale signs of fraud. 

At the same time, the FTC wants to hear from you, in Spanish, online or by phone (1-877-FTC-HELP) about your consumer experience. Your complaints can help investigators detect trends and patterns in the marketplace, as well as companies that may be acting illegally. Here's a video in Spanish about how to report a scam or file a complaint. Share it with others in your community. If you want to see the video in English, go here.

This Hispanic Heritage Month, check out our materials in Spanish at consumidor.ftc.gov and order free print copies to distribute at your events. Then, stay connected by email all year by signing up to get scam alerts, blog posts and news releases in Spanish at www.ftc.gov/es/conectese  or following us on Twitter @LaFTC.

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