May 24, 2023

Sneak Peek of FinCap Friday: Yanely informs Tim how scammers are taking off on social media

In this week's episode of FinCap Friday: Scams & Traps on Social Media Apps, Yanely tells Tim all about the latest ways scammers are getting money from teens and young adults online. This is important stuff, because younger generations love to say it's older folks who are most susceptible to online scams but the data does not show this to be true. One study from the Better Business Bureau found that people aged 18 - 24 were MORE susceptible to scams than older age groups! So, what are the top scams and why are young people falling for these traps? Find out in the quick conversation below:

Have you and your students tuned into Financially Inclined from Marketplace?  The season 1 finale episode airs tomorrow, so it's a good time to do some binging! Topics that are relevant to teens get discussed in every episode, including how to buy a car, getting a credit card, buy now, pay later services, talking about money, the stock market, and more!

About the Authors

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

Yanely Espinal

Born and raised by Dominican, immigrant parents in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in 2007 before going on to receive her bachelor's degree at Brown University in 2011. As a Teach For America corps member, Yanely taught third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She received her master's degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013. She spends her spare time making YouTube videos about personal finance on her channel, MissBeHelpful. Yanely also loves to dance, sew, paint, listen to podcasts, and babysit her 10 nieces and nephews!

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