“Pass it on” at the holidays
You know a lot about scams. Sharing what you know can help protect someone who you know from a scam. That’s why the FTC created Pass It On – articles, presentations, bookmarks, activities, and a video – all designed to help you talk about scams and how to prevent them. There’s something for everyone at your holiday gathering.
For your generous uncle, who can’t say no to anyone, pass on your knowledge about charity fraud. Remind him:
- Take your time. Tell callers to send information by mail before you’ll donate.
- Never give to charities by wiring money or sending a prepaid card.
For your older niece who is convinced that any day a sweepstakes will change her life, remind her about scams that claim you’ve won something. Share this advice:
- Keep your money – and financial information – to yourself.
- Never wire money in order to claim a prize or winning.
And everyone can benefit from talking about identity theft. Remind your friends and family to protect personal information, read monthly statements, and check credit reports at www.annualcreditreport.com.
There’s more at Pass It On, but why stop there? The FTC has lots of other helpful free information to share at the holidays:
- For a kid who just got a tablet or smartphone, tips about online safety. Find advice about starting that conversation in Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online.
- For that young adult heading out on her own – or for anyone who wants to get a better handle on her finances in the new year – share the FTC’s budgeting worksheet.
- For your Spanish-speaking friends and family, share tips from www.ftc.gov/pasalo and www.ftc.gov/consumidor.
This holiday season, no matter how you celebrate, when you pass the gravy, pass on your knowledge about scams and consumer safety.