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April is Financial Literacy Month, and a great time to talk about consumer protection information that helps people avoid losing money to scammers. Federal Trade Commission data show people reported losing more than $10 billion to scams in 2023, marking the first time that fraud losses have reached that benchmark. It's now more important than ever to share information about spotting, avoiding and reporting scams. The free advice at will help you.

Whether you’re renting your first place to live, buying a car, applying for a job or mortgage, or looking for help dealing with debt, Money Matters has the tools we can all use to spot, avoid, and report scams as you venture on your way. 

The information at Money Matters is here when and where you need it, on your phone or computer, and includes articles, videos, graphics to share on social media, and PowerPoint presentations on topics like:

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Please share what you learn with family, friends, and members of your community. It’s easy to share the graphics and videos on social media. Or use the presentation slides to talk with groups you might be part of — say, at a neighborhood PTA, church group, or club meeting. Talking about a scam helps you avoid it, and it also helps others you care about avoid the scam. 


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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.

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Art Costa Sr
April 02, 2024

Do you handle SS problems?

Anthony D
April 04, 2024

Nice video!