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Military Consumer Protection Day 2013

Calling all military families and veterans! Are you looking to protect yourself or your family from fraud, identity theft, and scams? Maybe you’re curious about the best way to use credit, shop for a used car, or maximize your security online. 

Military folks are consumers, too – and critical to the economy. Just ask the 1.4 million men and women on active duty or the 1.1 million in the National Guard and Reserve forces. But the unique challenges of military life – frequent relocation, separation from family and friends, and the stresses of deployment – can make military households an attractive target for scam artists. In fact, during 2012 the Federal Trade Commission logged more than 62,000 complaints from servicemembers, veterans, and spouses about their experiences in the marketplace.

That led the FTC and its partners to sponsor Military Consumer Protection Day on July 17, 2013. It’s a great day to empower military and veteran communities with information as the first line of defense against consumer fraud.

A Guide to Protecting Foster Kids’ Credit

Every year, more than 26,000 kids in the United States age out of foster care. Remember how difficult it was to navigate through the world when you were 18? Now imagine you had to do it with nearly no support system – and with a mountain of debt in your name, thanks to identity theft. But there's a new guide that can help kids - and the people who help them.

Cover of the guide, "Youth and Credit: Protecting the Credit of Youth in Foster Care."

Visit Us in Vegas at the AARP National Event

Planning to attend AARP’s Life@50+ National Event in Las Vegas next week? We’ll see you there! My colleagues and I will be on hand exhibiting new materials. We’re more than happy to chat with you about how to spot, stop and avoid scams.

Discussing Seniors and Identity Theft

If you’re an older person, know someone who is, care about identity theft, or some combination of those three, tomorrow could be an interesting day. If you’re close to D.C. — or even if you’re just close to a computer — you can tune in to the FTC’s forum, “Senior Identity Theft: A Problem in this Day and Age.” It’s happening on Tuesday, May 7, 9:00-4:30, live in person and via webcast.

Privacy Awareness Week

April 28 through May 4 is Privacy Awareness Week, and to mark the occasion, the FTC and other members of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) are teaming up to talk about why privacy matters — and what you can do about it — in today’s digital world.

We Kindly Request the Pleasure of Your Company

Is there an older person in your life who’s worried about identity theft? Or perhaps you’re the one who’s worried about what’s happening with their identity? Either way, we hope you’ll join us at our upcoming forum, “Senior Identity Theft: A Problem in this Day and Age,” Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 9:00 - 4:30. You can come in person or join via webcast – all the details and the agenda are here.

Resolving Identity Theft? How to Help

FTC staff has a proud history of collaborating with legal services and victims’ rights groups, sharing legal resources and information and training hundreds of advocates throughout the country about a number of important consumer protection issues. Along the way, we’ve gotten many questions about how to help people reduce their risk of identity theft — and how to help them recover from the crime.

Bogus Text Message Prize Offers

If you've ever gotten a text message on your cell phone telling you that you've won a free prize, you're not alone. During the past year, the FTC has gotten tens of thousands of complaints about unsolicited text messages.

Top Complaint to the FTC? ID Theft, Again

When it’s award season in Hollywood, being #1 is what it’s all about. But in other settings, there’s nothing admirable about coming in first. For the fifth consecutive year, identity theft is at the top of the FTC’s list of consumer complaints.

 

A (Potentially) Taxing Situation

Tax season is here. It’s time to get your files and forms in order. You may be well-versed in W-2s and 1099’s, but do you know that an identity thief can mess up your tax files or even get to your tax refund before you can file for it?

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