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Consumer Fraud in the Era of COVID: Trends in the Central Valley and the Nation

Consumer Fraud in the Era of COVID Webinar Co-Hosted by FTC and CVIIC

Consumer Fraud in the Era of COVID: Trends in the Central Valley and the Nation

CVIIC and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) co-hosted an informative webinar on Consumer Fraud in the Era of COVID: Trends in the Central Valley and the Nation. The webinar presentation was made on November 5, 2020 by Maricela Segura, Regional Director, Western Region Los Angeles Office, Federal Trade Commission.

The webinar presentation to representatives of partner organization from the Central Valley and other parts of California was in response to the growing concerns of fraudulent activities taking place against young and older consumers in the region.

Immigrants, low income individuals, young and old consumers are currently being victimized in multiple ways by scammers. The webinar presentations presents data on the consumer fraud trends that have been documented in 2019 and 2020.

 

Table of Contents of the Presentation:

  • FTC in brief
  • Complaint data
  • Central Valley metro areas and California
  • Age and Fraud Loss
  • CA & National COVID-19 complaints
  • COVID-19 fraud trends & FTC enforcement
  • FTC resources
  • Blogs, alerts, outreach materials
  • Reportfraud.ftc.gov

Sample Content:

Scammers Follow the Headlines

  • As headlines change, so will the scams
  • Help the FTC and law enforcement partners know what you’re seeing
  • Report scams to reportfraud.ftc.gov

Treatments and Cures

  • Vaccine offers
  • Test kit offers
  • Miracle cures
  • Medicare-related scams

Email/Text Scams and Malicious Websites

  • Phishing emails & texts
  • Get your money
  • Get your information
  • Links to malware sites
  • Malicious websites
  • Lots of domains including “Coronavirus”
  • Stick with known, trusted sites
  • Don’t click links from sources you don’t know

 

 

Please share the link to this webinar on Consumer Fraud in the Era of Covid.

For more information on how to report fraud to the FTC go to: Reportfraud.ftc.gov

To learn more about CVIIC’s outreach and community education events, visit our sister website: ValleCentral.org

To find nonprofit immigration legal services providers in the Central Valley, please go to our regional directory found here: https://cviic.org/immigration-services-directory/