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Hispanics Twice As Likely To Be Victims Of Consumer Fraud

Hispanics Twice As Likely To Be Victims Of Consumer Fraud

CLEVELAND -- Scam artists bilk Americans out of billions of dollars each year, and statistics show that Hispanics are the most likely victims of these scams.

That's why federal officials are announcing this week the launch of a new initiative aimed at fighting this trend, reported 5 On Your Side consumer specialist Angie Lau.

Scam artists lurk in shadows, hiding behind fake Internet sites or e-mails, anonymous voices on telephone lines, or sending fake notices, all to lull victims into believing them.

Once they gain trust, the scammers trick people out of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

The Federal Trade Commission's John Mendenhall says the most likely victims are Hispanics, who are two times more likely to become victims of consumer fraud.

The FTC's Rosario Mendes said that many in her community have language and cultural barriers, and also have a fear of the government, making them even more appealing targets to scam artists.

So, the FTC, the United States Postal Service and the U.S. attorney's office are reaching out to the community in a Hispanic Fraud workshop, to be held Thursday at Myers University.

The outreach program in Cleveland is just one of dozens already in place throughout the United States.

You can visit Onguardonline.gov or the Spanish-language version to find out more about consumer fraud and how to protect yourself from it.

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