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Celebrate Pride Report Scams

Pride is all about celebrating who you are —proudly, without shame. This Pride, use your voice to talk to your friends and family about spotting and avoiding scams. So, how can you show your Pride and get the conversation started?

Here are some ideas — for this month or any day of the year.

  • Talk about scams that target the LGBTQ+ community. Scammers see everyone as potential targets. But they also know that, sometimes, we can be more trusting of those in our own communities — or who seem to be. For example, scammers have used LGBTQ+ dating apps for extortion scams.
  • Know your rights. Under federal law, it’s illegal for banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, retailers, or any other companies that extend credit to discriminate against you. So, during the application process or when making a credit decision, a creditor must not consider — among other things — your race or sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Report scams and bad business practices. However you have these conversations — during a parade, over a camp fire, or in your living room — encourage your friends and family to report scams and bad business practices (like credit discrimination) to the FTC at

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The purpose of this blog and its comments section is to inform readers about Federal Trade Commission activity, and share information to help them avoid, report, and recover from fraud, scams, and bad business practices. Your thoughts, ideas, and concerns are welcome, and we encourage comments. But keep in mind, this is a moderated blog. We review all comments before they are posted, and we won’t post comments that don’t comply with our commenting policy. We expect commenters to treat each other and the blog writers with respect.

  • We won’t post off-topic comments, repeated identical comments, or comments that include sales pitches or promotions.
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  • We won’t post comments that include personal information, like Social Security numbers, account numbers, home addresses, and email addresses. To file a detailed report about a scam, go to

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Dani Sherman
June 05, 2023

Can you explain the difference between federal laws against discrimination based on sexual and gender identity versus state laws? According to the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), Wisconsin law is interpreted in a way that does not protect sexual and gender identity in credit and lending.

Debra Elsie paul
July 06, 2023

In reply to by Dani Sherman

I am afraid to speak. I'm the victim in Winnipeg Manitoba and if you get a different message it isn't me. I've blocked all cookies to get to this website. I currently using chat on my Samsung smartphone a13 sm 5u.

June 05, 2023

My life is always letting know of people that imperator me an stolen items yes find them please thank you

Patricia Barnes
June 05, 2023

I HAVE reported a particular scam, even reporting to the FBI, FTC, and my state's Attorneys General. It's been a while and NO ONE EVER does anything. Are you sure all of you are legitimate? I am beginning to wonder. Theis particular scam never ends. Up to 50 calls per day and 4 1/2 years of it. It is about to put me in an insane asylum. You people are frauds! Do nothing is what you are about. Make yourselves look good but DO NOTHING! When Trump comes back, I will bring this up to him and all of you will be in deep trouble! I simply cannot take anymnore!

June 07, 2023

I'm a faithful Christian and i believe that speaks for me.

June 05, 2023

Trying to provide very significant facts, activity and fraud- BIG TIME, yet your own site is D.O.A. and raises suspicions of it's own!!!

June 06, 2023


Donaphine L Shamburg
June 09, 2023

I tried the website today. IT DOES NOT WORK!!!!!!!!

June 20, 2023

In reply to by Donaphine L Shamburg

Sometimes, web intruders spoof the website to make it appear to be the legitimate FTC website. Don't give up trying and make sure your browser settings are set up to show entire website name

June 16, 2023

LOVE this! I will continue to be so thankful for all of you. Finally see the light and I know you guys can gettum