Here’s a fun activity for students that will teach them to be more savvy consumers when they see offers touting “free.”
- Have students google “free access to credit scores” and click on a 3-4 of the Google ads that appear atop and on the right hand side of the search page.
- Ask them to write down the websites they visit and to identify what the catch is for this specific offer. Are the companies really offering “free access to credit scores?”
- Have them read this article about one company (which is still advertising on Google when you search for free credit scores) that received a $22 million fine from the FTC.
- Ask students to reflect on how they might avoid scams like this.
Check out our NGPF lesson on Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft.