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February is Black History Month — a great time to help raise awareness in Black communities, and among your family and friends, by staying on top of the latest scams that might affect them. We know that talking about a scam helps you avoid it — and it helps people you care about avoid them, too. Connect with the FTC and share what you learn with others.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Sign up for the FTC’s free alerts at to get what you really need to know: the signs of a scam and how to avoid it. Don’t forget to tell a friend.
  • Post an FTC video on your social media to spread the word on ways to spot and avoid scams.
  • Get free and easy-to-share resources. Teaching young adults about things like budgeting, saving, and protecting their credit? has just the basics.  
  • Order free print resources from and pass them out at events, clinics, community centers, and schools. Take Pass It On handouts and bookmarks with you to visit the older adults in your life. Tell them to share what they learn.
  • Report scams and bad business practices to the FTC at Your report makes an important difference in your community. You’ll also help the FTC investigate, bring law enforcement cases, and alert people about what frauds to be on the lookout for so everyone can protect themselves, their friends, and family.
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Learn more at Then, share, share, share. Happy #BlackHistoryMonth.


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February 12, 2024

Thank you and Consumer Alert for watching out for us Scams have become one of the biggest enemy. I am paranoid about trusting anyone.