Federal Trade Commission Raises Awareness About Scams

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building.  October 16, 2012.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.As part of their ongoing effort to raise awareness about scams targeting the Latino community, the Federal Trade Commission has developed a series of “fotonovelas” in Spanish. The stories are based on complaints to the FTC from Spanish speakers throughout the nation and offer practical tips to help detect and stop common scams. You can order copies of the Spanish-language fotonovelas — for free — and distribute them in your community.  Here are some examples:


Maria and Rafael Learn the Signs of a Debt Relief Scam

This fotonovela alerts readers to the common signs of a debt relief scam and tells them where they can find legitimate credit counseling help.

Car-Buying Trouble

This fotonovela tells how to avoid trouble when you finance a new or used car through the dealership and where to report problems with dealer financing.

Notario scams

This fotonovela tells readers the warning signs of a notario scam, where to find help with the immigration process, and how to report scams to the Federal Trade Commission.

Debt Collectors

In this fotonovela, Juan learns his rights when dealing with debt collectors, where to go for information, and how to file a complaint.

Income Scam

This fotonovela alerts Latino consumers to the signs of an income scam, and provides advice to avoid falling for a scam.

Government Imposters

This fotonovela tells readers how to identity a government imposter and warns of the dangers of sending money to a stranger. For more information, visit Fotonovelas at the Federal Trade Commission.
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