Consumer protection this week, and always

Sunday marks the start of the eighteenth annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). It’s a time to learn about and share information to help people make more informed buying decisions and recognize, guard against, and report scams and fraud.

The more than 100 agencies and organizations involved in NCPW are on the front lines of consumer protection every day, and are committed to giving you the resources you need to navigate today’s marketplace.

For many years, the Federal Trade Commission has worked with these partners to shut down scams, give consumers a better way to report and recover from identity theft, and expose and stop misleading business practices. NCPW 2016 is a time to honor those victories, as well as many more still to be won in consumer protection.

This is but one time of the year to focus on becoming a more informed and empowered consumer. You also can help inform your community about consumer protection any time of year by getting the word out. Get ideas for events, social media and other activities to keep people around you in the know. What’s more, you can report scams and dishonest business practices you see or experience.

Together, we can make NCPW and every week a time to empower consumers. Thank you for celebrating with us!      



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Money & Credit


I need help with a Real Estate Ponzi Scheme I would need a suit against a land lease State of Mo and Chicago Title co

You could contact your state Attorney General’s office or the Attorney General for the state where the business is based. You could also contact other state and local consumer protection agencies.

If you want to find a lawyer to help you, this state-by-state list from the American Bar Association and this site from the State Bar Associations have information to help.

got a gov loan scam yesterday# was 315-636-6656 they want 250.00 for a free grant ha ha though I let you know James Allen

Please report your experience at so it becomes part of the FTC database that's used by investigators nationwide. Your complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice. We can't address complaints that you discuss in the blog comments.

To Jessica Rich: How can consumers report to the authorities and other consumers that his or her rights could be violated if they deal with a certain a a bank for example? Is there a certain website that warns consumers across the nation to stay away from a certain business or businesses like Homeland Security has for terror alerts?

You can file a complaint about your experience with a business with the FTC at, with your state Attorney General’s office, and with state and local consumer protection agencies.  Some attorney general and state consumer protection agencies will tell people if a company has had complaints filed against it.

You can submit a complaint about a bank, mortgage, or other financial product to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Thanks Bridget for your help!!!

iPhones pinged! I have queries and IP addresses and more.i have 80+ apps backboarded in our phones. Some is malware and tracking from two corporations

Thanks for the information about your phone. Which apps are the malware and tracking what company's?

Travel throughout Texas and see new auto dealers advertising "certified" vehicles with no mention of USED vehicle. This is obviously intended to mislead those who are not familiar with the term "certified" or with manufacturers' certified used vehicle programs. With powerful motor vehicle commissions and new dealer lobbying, enforcement seems soft.


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