National Consumer Protection Week Kicks Off
As recent Consumer Ally stories shows, scams targeting seniors, homeowners, struggling consumers and just about every U.S. consumer show no signs of abating, underscoring the need for consumers to educate themselves to avoid getting fleeced.From March 6-12, the Federal Trade Commission and nearly 30 other federal agencies, consumer groups and national advocacy organizations -- in conjunction with state, county, and local agencies -- will sponsor more than 120 events in 25 states and the District of Columbia.
The National Consumer Protection Week website features loads of useful information to help consumers protect their privacy, manage their money, learn about credit and debt, understand mortgages, makes sense of advertising, avoid identify theft and to recognize and report and avoid scams and fraud.
Visitors to the site are encouraged to download and print materials to share with friends and neighbors and or take advantage of the National Consumer Protection Week Toolkit to plan an event in their community.
A companion blog with practical tips from consumer protection experts also invites readers to share their own experiences. Information on the main site and blog is available in both English and Spanish.
Participating organizations are sponsoring informational fairs and events where consumers are invited to bring sensitive documents for secure shredding. Details of events during National Consumer Protection Week are available here.
Organizations joining the FTC in the 13th annual celebration of consumer protection and consumer education include: The AARP, the Better Business Bureau, the Consumer Federation of America, the Federal Citizen Information Center, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve System, the Internal Revenue Service, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the NAACP and the National Association of Attorneys General.
Other participating organizations include: The National Consumers League, the National Council of La Raza, the National Futures Association, the National Urban League, NeighborWorks America, the North American Securities Administrators Association, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Postal Service.
The FTC seeks to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices, and provided information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.
View the new video, How to File a Complaint to learn more. The FTC enters all complaints from consumers into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by more than 1,800 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.