A new Federal Trade Commission report to Congress details the consumer issues that affect American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, as well as the FTC’s enforcement, outreach and education work on these issues. The report summarizes the agency’s efforts to hear directly from tribal leaders, community members, advocates, and others about issues affecting their communities, and provides analysis of the FTC’s data from the Consumer Sentinel Network database.
The report addresses issues including auto purchasing and financing, predatory lending, impersonation scams, tech support scams, and romance scams. FTC’s data shows that government impersonation and prize, sweepstakes, and lottery scams were the most frequent scams reported to the FTC from majority AI/AN ZIP codes. The report also summarizes FTC law enforcement actions relating to the consumer abuses identified as impacting AI/AN communities.
The report is here.