Con the Con-Artist
Play the player, hustle the hustler, sweet-talk the swindler, dupe the double-crosser . . .
It’s the kind of scam that makes your skin crawl. The radio reports a sweet, little 83 year old lady paid for a new roof, only to find the workers took the money and ran. The Prince of Insert Foreign Country Here has a son that needs medical attention, and your ability to wire him money is the difference between life and death. We have all heard these time old tales whereby an innocent do-gooder gets sucked in and succumbs to the financial death of a money predator. Well, how about trying to be just an average citizen and pay your electric bill on time? Why would this be a scam? The deceitfully, greedy individuals who would rather have your money, than you have your electric have found a way. Read the Tampa Bay Times article Power Company Warns of a Scam. After reading, and create a flyer to educate consumers on how to safeguard their money from scammers.
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Florida Financial Literacy Standards
SS.912.FL.2.7Examine governments establishing laws and institutions to provide consumers with information about goods or services being purchased and to protect consumers from fraud.
SS.912.FL.6.9Explain that loss of assets, wealth, and future opportunities can occur if an individual’s personal information is obtained by others through identity theft and then used fraudulently, and that by managing their personal information and choosing the environment in which it is revealed, individuals can accept, reduce, and insure against the risk of loss due to identity theft.
SS.912.FL.6.10Compare federal and state regulations that provide some remedies and assistance for victims of identity theft.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.