Welcome to NCPW 2014

Sunday marks the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week. The Federal Trade Commission stands with 74 federal, state and local agencies and organizations to stand up for consumers by highlighting the very best in consumer education resources.

NCPW BannerThe NCPW site offers practical and timely information to help you recognize and report scams; manage debt; use technology wisely; evaluate products and services; fight identity theft; and see the truth behind advertising claims.  

NCPW partners are committed to empowering people. Consumer confidence drives our economy. But, fraud, deception, and privacy breaches can shake that confidence. So, please read, use, and share the information housed there that make NCPW such a terrific resource. Order free resources, subscribe to updates from partner organizations, and get tools to plan your own event any time of the year.

Together, let’s make every week a good week for consumers and for consumer education.      

Thanks in large part to the tireless work of the agencies and organizations involved in this effort, consumers are becoming more aware of and empowered against dishonest business practices that threaten their buying power and overall financial health.

We have taken up this charge to fight scams and violations of consumer protection rights by investigating consumer complaints, taking legal action in many cases, and creating consumer education resources to inform consumers of their rights and risks.

So, I can’t stress enough the importance of reporting dishonest business practices and other violations of your consumer rights.

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I'd like to say that a magazine company got me for money that I don't have by threatening me. I paid for some magazines that I have yet to receive. Ever since I paid for them I have had solicitors bugging me daily for money. I don't know how to get these people to stop calling my cell phone so I'm trying this website to try and make it stop. I paid thirty some odd dollars for magazines that I have yet to receive. I was threatened by this certain company that if I didn't pay this that they were going to sue me. I think they were called entertaintment international something. I would love to get my money back on my credit card.. Ever since I paid this I have had solicitors calling me daily and bugging me for money.

I been ripped off by the following companies,american resort International oyster bay beach resort pearl development nv sterling bank and trust co.concord servicing Inc.Interval travel Internationalof $60.000 I payedclose to $300.00 a month for 7 years at 14.75% plus maintance fee u to the presentand they never let used it also I asked to send to Puerto rico and they refused to send there instead they sold me a room once a year to a country that is a war hats the Netherlands witch I believed is runs by the French government.

FTC stands by every consumer in safeguarding his interest aganst the deceitful practise of commercial organizations.Our thanks are always with them.

This is a great concept how do I get more information out to our citizens?

Thanks for helping us spread the word about NCPW! You can find tips on how to get involved and a tool kit you can use at the NCPW website at www.ncpw.gov.

 

moving company scams and overcharging holding furniture hostage if unknown amount may be due

Time share selling tips and advice. Possibly
a list of legal businesses in this specialty.

Thank you.

In the FTC article Time Share and Vacation Plans you can find information and tips about reselling a timeshare. Beware of scams related to timeshare reselling! We’ve written about this before. Check out the blog Vacation Nation.

what's timeshare?

I would like to add a post about hydroderm and their so called money back guarantee. I signed up for their trial subscription, wrote down the date of purchase and when received, tested it out for the trial period, didn't get the results that were presented, so called and cancelled. The representative told me the money would be credited to my account. When I received my credit card statement, no credit and a charge for the full amount. I called Hydroderm again and got an extremely rude representative that said that they weren't going to credit my account and that she didn't know why the previous representative would have said that. Don't buy from this company or try the trial, they will just take your money.

I was called by 844-788-8783 wanting to collect a debt on a credit card that I don't even have. I was threatened with a civil suit. This person knew my social security number

You may want to check your credit report to make sure you are not a victim of identity theft. You can do it at www.annualcreditreport.com,  the only source for your free credit report authorized by Federal Law. Also, find information on identity theft and what to do if you're a victim at the FTC's identity theft webpage.

I received a call from the same number and don't know who it is. Aren't they supposed to put something in writing so that the debt can be verified or challenged? Are they allowed to threaten with a lawsuit or anything like that?

I HAVE A CALL LAST WEEK FROM STEVEN SANCHEZ SAID WAS A DEBT COLLECTOR FROM WELLS FARGO HIS PHONE NUMBER WAS A SCAM 585-351-6120 HE SAID WAS REGARDING A CHECK ACCOUNT I HAVE TOO PAY THE BANK EVEN HE GAVE ME THE REFERNCE NUMBER $1000.00 THE TODAY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY WENT TO INTERNET TYPE NUMBER AND GUESS WHAT I ASK TO TALKED TO THE PERSON ABOVE AND HE TOLD ME WAS FOR KENOSHA COUNTY LOOKING FOR ME FOR A BAD CHECK FOR FRAUD WAS FROM PAY DAY LOAN 2011 THEY WERE SWING ME FOR 3,000 I TOLD HIM I WANT EVERYTHING IN WRITING ALSO WHEN I TOLD HIM I'M GOING TO REPORT HIM TO ESTATE ATTORNEY AND BBB HE GET ANGRY ASKING ME WHY I'M GOING TO DO THAT I DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT I TOLD YES I WILL AND HANG OFF.

I HAVE NOT USED MY CREDIT SINCE I LEFT THE STATES IN 2006. I RECENTLY GOOGLED MY OWN NAME, AND AN EXTRA 'S' HAD BEEN ADDED TO MY FIRST NAME, MY BIRTHDATE HAD BEEN CHANGED, AND I WAS NOW ON THE RECORDS, AS LIVING WITH MY ASTRANGED SON AND HIS WIFE, IN THE HOUSE, THAT THEY BOUGHT OVER TEN YEARS AGO... I HAD PROBLEMS WITH MY PASSPORT, OVER A YEAR AGO, AND HAVE BEEN STRANDED IN A FORIGN COUNTRY, ALONE, EVERY SINCE, BUT AT LEAST NOW, I KNOW WHY THE BORDER PATROL AGENTS, KEPT CALLING ME A LIAR, FOR OVER FOUR AND A HALF FRICKEN HOURS. BLAH! YOU THINK YOU GOT PROBLEMS LOL OK, NOW, THE MAIN PROBLEM IS, THAT I DON'T HAVE ANY RESOURCES, TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, AND SINCE THEY CHANGED ALL OF MY INFORMATION, I CAN'T EVEN PROVE WHO I AM ANYMORE. YES, I DID REPORT THEM, VIA EMAILS, BUT I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING BACK, MEANWHILE, I CAN'T EVEN ACCESS MY OWN CREDIT REPORTS, BECAUSE THEY WON'T DO IT OVER THE INTERNET, BECAUSE I AM NOT IN THE STATES, AND I DON'T HAVE AN ADDRESS NOR PHONE NUMBER THERE... SO I'M IN A BIT OF A QUANDRY HERE. OH, I HAVE TRIED TO CONTACT MY CRIMINAL DAUGHTER IN LAW, BUT SHE'S JUST LAUGHING ABOUT IT, AND SAYING, THAT I HAVE TO PROVE IT. SO I'M ASSUMING HERE, THAT THEY ARE GOING TO GET AWAY WITH IT THEN, CONSIDERING, THAT I'M ALONE, AND CAN'T REALLY DO ANYTHING, SINCE I DON'T OWN A CREDIT CARD LOL TO PAY FOR MY OWN CREDIT REPORT HA HA HA OH, AND I'M BLIND IN ONE EYE NOW, AND IN POOR HEALTH, SO I WRITE IN ALL CAPS NOW, SO I CAN SEE WHAT I'VE WRITTEN... HELP ME PLEASE! i'M GOING NUTS HERE. i JUST WANT TO KNOW, IF THERE IS ANY ACTIVITY, ON MY CREDIT, SINCE AFTER 2006. IDENTITY THEFT VICTIM HELP PLEASE.

signed contract made down payment and driving car for approximately 3 weeks they are now asking for more proof of pay can they do that to me?

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