Resources for spotting fraud and taking action

Millions of Americans are affected by fraud each year. It’s nasty, difficult and can happen to just about anyone.

You don’t have to be completely lost and on your own if you’re scammed. The Federal Trade Commission actually offers more than 100 videos and publications on what to do if you or your business has been scammed.

There are so many ways these days that you can be scammed, and it’s important to educate yourself and your employees on your information or data might be compromised. To learn more about the most common scams, just check out these FTC resources.

These resources are free and can be ordered in large quantities at ftc.gov/bulkorder.

The FTC has done an excellent job helping consumers spot and avoid fraud, including information on how to recover from identity theft, how to spot and stop imposter scams, and resources for empowering older adults. They’ve also published a popular series of fotonovelas that tell stories about scams targeting Latino communities.

For Hispanic Heritage Month 2018, the FTC also has resources in Spanish for business owners. The FTC recently published Scams and Your Small Business in English and Spanish. It’s an effort to help all small business owners protect their businesses against scams. They also have information in Spanish on computer security basics for small businesses, guidance on protecting personal information, and the popular Start with Security guide for business, which provides 10 practical lessons to keep sensitive business data secure, and more.

Need tools and tips on avoiding scams? Subscribe to the FTC blog in Spanish, check out their shareable videos, and follow them on Twitter @LaFTC.

Sept. 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month —a time to celebrate the heritage, cultures and contributions of all Latino and Hispanic Americans in the United States.

Information provided by Cristina Miranda, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

Guest Blogger: Cheryl McCollum

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