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Detecting and Avoiding Scams Impacting Minnesota’s Diverse Communities

Every year, scammers defraud the public of hundreds of millions of dollars by selling fake services and worthless products — for everything from housing, car sales and health care to debt collection, jobs and education. Meanwhile, impostors threaten people with jail if they fail to pay non-existent fines or fees. Our briefing will bring together FTC officials, legal service providers, law enforcement officials, community representatives and local/ethnic media reporters to talk about the latest scams targeting immigrants, communities of color, young people and older Americans across Minnesota; what people can do if they’ve been targeted; how to spot and avoid scams.


  • Joannie Wei, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission/Midwest Region
  • Jennifer Leach, Director, Consumer and Business Education, the FTC/Washington DC
  • Katherine Kelly, Special Outreach and Protection Unit, Office of Minnesota Attorney General
  • Elizabeth Goodell, Supervising Attorney, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
  • Bao Vang, VP Communications, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota
  • Community stakeholders

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CT (On-site)


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