Guest Column | Visit ftc.gov/languages for fraud and scam advice in 12 languages

Fraud affects every community, and it’s not unusual for scammers to run their scam in the language you speak at home.

Now, the FTC has information in a dozen languages to help you spot and avoid those scams: ftc.gov/languages.

You’ll find information in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Ukrainian. So, what will you find there?

At ftc.gov/languages, you’ll get all the basics on:

– how to spot and avoid a scam. What are the signs to watch for? What do you do if you spot those signs?

– what to do if you paid a scammer, or if you think you did. There can be ways to recover your money – sometimes – if you act quickly. Here, you’ll learn what to do.

– what to know if you’re newly arrived in the U.S. Unfortunately, scammers can target people new to U.S. systems and culture, so learn to spot some of the scams related to looking for a job, going through the immigration process, or just figuring out how things work.

You’ll also find graphics in each language to share on social media (please tag @FTC or @laFTC) to help others in your community know how to spot, avoid, and report fraud.

Use the free materials at ftc.gov/languages to spread the word and start conversations with your friends, family and community.

And use ftc.gov/languages to help encourage the people you know to report the fraud and scams they see at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

(Cristina Miranda works as a consumer education specialist with the Federal Trade Commission.)

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