Community Health, Youth Voices
Victims of scams told their stories at a press conference hosted by the Federal Trade Commission and New America Media. Officials said that although they could not prosecute every case of fraud, the accumulation of specific stories helps law enforcement make priorities for investigation. The FTC is expanding outreach to educate low-income persons and communities of color about the scams lurking about. The effort is well-timed, as experts suspect immigration scams will be on the rise following recent immigration legislation – already reports abound of people preying on undocumented immigrants with false offers to secure them green cards or speed up their legalization process. “There’s trillions of dollars of commerce involved in non-English speaking communities and we want to make sure they don’t fall trough cracks of our general outreach.” Read more on Voicewaves.