New literature helps patrons avoid scams

The Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington DC has released the first free Spanish-language fotonovella as part of their initiative to raise awareness about scams targeting Latino people. It’s a story of a couple struggling to pay for their daughter’s college education. Rafael has been out of work for months and he’s out of ideas for how to start paying back the money they owe. Maria hears an ad for a company that promises it can help, but it could be a scam. Through Maria and Rafael’s story readers learn the signs of a debt relief scam, what to do if they’re having trouble paying their debts, and how to report debt relief scams to the Federal Trade Commission.

We have ordered some Spanish copies and fotonovella book markers in English/Spanish. They will be available to anyone who would like to pick up one at the library.

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