If you follow this blog, you probably have seen our fotonovelas. These are short graphic novels in Spanish that tell stories about scams prevalent in Latino communities. The fotonovelas are based on real stories from people who reported fraud to us. Who exactly are they? People just like you and me who reported a scam, and who want to share their stories to help others. Click on the video below to meet some of them, and learn how you can take action to help stop fraud and scams.
As we approach Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m reminded that fraud is underreported in Latino communities. Last year we issued a report to Congress confirming what we’ve suspected for years; Latinos and African Americans report fraud less than the rest of the population. As a Latina, I’m perplexed. We Latinos love to talk! Why not report it when you’ve been scammed? It’s easy – here’s how: if you speak Spanish go to www.ftc.gov/queja; if you speak English, go to www.ftc.gov/complaint.
Reporting fraud helps stop it. Case in point: last year, the FTC stopped a scam in which Spanish-speakers were offered an English course but ended up being illegally threatened and intimidated into paying money they didn’t owe. People reported the fraud to the FTC and those reports helped stop the scam.
Hispanic Heritage Month marks an opportunity for you to help your community. Help spread the word about reporting fraud, talking about scams, and the resources available to everyone to help stop it. For tools and tips, check out all of the FTC’s consumer education information in Spanish, order publications for free, subscribe to our blog in Spanish, and follow us on Twitter @LaFTC.