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Scammers target people from different communities in unique ways. The free resources on this page will help you protect every community from fraud, no matter what community you’re in or work with.

Fraud Effects Every Community Mash-up

People’s experience with scams, and the tips to help all of us avoid scams and protect those we care about.

Fraud Affects Every Community: Debt Settlement Companies

The first-person story of one woman’s experience with a debt relief scam – and the lawyer who helped her.

Fraud Affects Every Community: Imposter Scams (Spanish with English subtitles)

The first-person story of a woman who was harassed by scammers impersonating court officials and lawyers, who tried to coerce her into paying hundreds of dollars for a debt she didn’t owe.

Fraud Affects Every Community: Family Emergency Scams

The first-person story of how one family responded to a family emergency scam: by putting it on the radio.

Fraud Affects Every Community: Medicare Scams

The first-person story of a retired educator’s Medicare scam experience – and the FTC attorney who helped bring the scammers to justice.

Fraud Affects Every Community: Debt Collection

The first-person story of a veteran’s debt collection experience – and the legal assistance that helped him recover.

How to Avoid a Tech Support Scam

The first-person story about a retired business consultant’s tech support scam experience, what he did about it.

Why Report Fraud?

If you think you see a scam, talk with someone. Your story could help someone avoid that scam. Then report it to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/complaint. Your story could help the FTC stop the scammers.

Consumer.gov

Consumer protection basics in a clear, direct style, available at consumer.gov.

Older Adults

Articles, presentations, video and activities on topics from identity theft to charity fraud, to help you start conversations and pass it on.

Military Families

For servicemembers and their families, who often face unique challenges when it comes to managing finances and securing personal information.

Immigrants

If you’re applying for a Green Card, becoming a citizen, or figuring out who can help you complete government forms, you may be a target for scams.

Recent Refugees and Immigrants

Whether you’re looking for a job, going through the immigration process, or just figuring out how things work, it’s important to be able to spot scams.

Fotonovelas

A series of graphic novels in Spanish that depict stories about common scams in the Latino community, and provide tips to help detect and stop them.