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Consumer Alert

Share FTC materials here, there, and everywhere

Bridget Small
Have you wondered how you can help the older adults in your life — your parents, grandparents, and neighbors — avoid fraud? Here’s an easy answer: share. Share what you know about fraud, and share
Consumer Alert

Let’s talk about Coronavirus scams

Emily Wu
During this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have reminded us how important it is to help each other through difficult times. In May, as we celebrate Older Americans Month
Consumer Alert

Avoid scams while finding help during quarantine

Lois Greisman, FTC, Elder Justice Coordinator
Older adults may be hard hit by the coronavirus – and scammers prey on that. If you or someone you know must stay at home and needs help with errands, you’ll want to know about this latest scam
Consumer Alert

Grandparent scams in the age of Coronavirus

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
“Grandma: I’m in the hospital, sick, please wire money right away.” “Grandpa: I’m stuck overseas, please send money.” Grandparent scams can take a new twist – and a new sense of urgency – in these
Consumer Alert

60 and over in the time of COVID-19? Read on.

Jennifer Leach
I know, 60-year-olds. You’re not old. In fact, we’ve found that, when people think “old,” they think of someone about 10 years older than they are right now. But, because we’ve been warned about the
Consumer Alert

Scams and older consumers: Looking at the data

Lesley Fair
The FTC just sent a report to Congress called Protecting Older Consumers 2018-2019. The report suggests steps to take to help protect older consumers from fraud. But the evidence also shows a thing or

Tech Support Scams

You get a call from someone who says he’s a computer technician. He might say he’s from a well-known company like Microsoft, or maybe your internet service provider. He tells you there are viruses or

Consumer Alert

Stopping scams targeting older consumers

Alvaro Puig
The FTC has a long history of protecting people from scams. As part of its ongoing efforts to protect people in every community, the FTC recently took steps to stop two schemes harming older adults: a

Pass It On

Share What You Know. Stop Scams.

Chances are good that someone you know has been scammed. They may not talk about it, but the statistics do.

The truth is that sharing what you know can help