Protecting Against Common Types of Fraud

Protecting Against Common Types of Fraud: Recognize, Respond and Prevent

In 2011, the Federal Trade Commission estimated that fraud affected nearly 11 percent of adult Americans or an estimated 25.6 million people. Fraud can strike individuals and families at all income levels, although this workshop focuses primarily on fraud affecting middle- and low-income families. In this workshop, participants learn to recognize, respond to, and take steps to prevent the following common types of fraud: identity theft, tax refund fraud, debit and checking account fraud, credit card fraud, credit repair fraud, and online fraud.

Workshop Materials

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Each kit provides workshop facilitators with the materials needed to run a workshop straight out of the box, or the choice to adapt any of the detailed presentations, scripts or learner action plans to suit their unique audience’s needs. Here is what you can find in each workshop.

A Presentation

Display these PowerPoint slides during your presentation to keep the workshop engaging and on track.

A Script

Consult the script for tips on how to prepare for your workshop, what your primary talking points will be, and follow-up resources.

Activities and Info Sheets

Guide your workshop participants through the hands-on activities and informational sheets to bring the financial skills to life.

Related Resources

Find additional suggested resources that can help round out your educational offerings.


The FAQ section for each workshop can help answer your questions about working with your intended audience.


What if I am not familiar with all of the different types of fraud that occur in our country?

The instructor resources provide a basic understanding of many types of fraud along with online resources for exploring particular topics. So many types of fraud exist that nobody can be an expert on them all. Plus, scam artists come up with new types of fraud all the time. The goal of the Protecting Against Fraud workshops is to raise awareness and offer basic protection strategies; you do not need to know everything there is to know about fraud.

Do participants need to attend both Protecting Against Fraud workshops?

While it makes sense for participants to attend the Protecting Against Common Types of Fraud workshop first and then Protecting Against Targeted Types of Fraud later, both workshops do stand on their own.

How can I be most effective as a workshop facilitator?

Rather than lecture or teach in the traditional sense, let your participants share what they know. Their knowledge and experience can help educate other participants in the workshop. Your role becomes one of drawing out what they may already know, and correcting or refining any misunderstandings participants may have related to fraud. In addition, a more interactive workshop will better hold the attention of adult learners.

Do I have to cover every type of fraud included in the workshops?

If possible cover all of the topics in the first fraud workshop, Protecting Against Common Types of Fraud. The second workshop, Protecting Against Targeted Types of Fraud, is more modular. You can ask participants if certain topics apply to them, and if they do not, you can skip them. For example, if nobody is concerned about immigration fraud, you can skip this topic. Also note that the Fraud Resources Handouts provide details on all the types of fraud.

If I do not have any personal fraud stories to share in the workshop, can I pull stories from newspapers, TV, etc.?

Yes. Personal stories are usually best, because you are sharing from real-life experiences with real-life consequences and feelings. However, because you will be asking participants for their experiences, you may not even need to share any of your own stories. But if neither you nor participants have a story on a particular type of fraud, feel free to use events covered in the media. Local media, by the way, might really help bring home the impact of fraud in your community.

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