Fraud Affects Every Community

Fraud Affects Every Community

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Event Description

This workshop will examine how fraud affects groups including older adults, servicemembers and veterans, low-income communities, and African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans.

The FTC’s law enforcement experience, input from consumer advocates, and survey research reveal that some broadly-targeted frauds – such as telemarketing fraud, debt-relief services, phony opportunities to earn income, and unauthorized billing schemes – are more likely to affect certain communities. Meanwhile, some scams target specific populations – such as service-members shopping for cars, or people seeking help with the immigration process.

This workshop will examine the marketplace experiences of people in these communities, identify areas of concern in different communities, and seek to find actionable remedies through cooperation, law enforcement, industry fraud-prevention initiatives, community outreach and education.  The event will bring together consumer advocates, state and federal regulators, fraud prevention experts, academics and researchers to discuss the issues. Its findings will enhance the FTC’s ongoing efforts to fight fraud in the marketplace in every community.

The workshop will address the following issues:

  • What are the top consumer protection concerns in each community?
  • What types of fraud are most prevalent in each community?
  • What are the different experiences consumers have on the Internet?
  • What interventions by consumer groups, industry, or academics have been and could be successful to prevent fraud?

This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. A live webcast of the workshop will also be available on the day of the event.

During the workshop, FTC staff will take questions via Twitter (@FTC); use hashtag #FTCFAEC.

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