July is Disability Pride Month — a time to celebrate the proud identities, contributions, and culture of 40.8 million people with disabilities in the U.S. It’s when we recognize how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed on July 26, 1990, protects so many people from discrimination in countless ways every day. Let’s also make it about helping the people you care about avoid scams.
What we know from our Every Community work is that scammers target specific populations in strategic ways. This includes people of color, speakers of other languages, lower-income communities — and people with disabilities. We also know that people are less likely to lose money to a scam if they stop and tell someone they trust. This month, the FTC hopes you’ll start the conversation about how to avoid scams with someone you know.
Start by sharing How To Avoid A Scam, with fraud-fighting tips from the FTC. Find out about the latest scams by subscribing to FTC Consumer Alerts. If you or someone you know spots a scam, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov and the FTC will give tailored advice on next steps, including specific info about how to try to recover your money.
Happy Disability Pride Month!