National Consumer Protection Week in every community
When National Consumer Protection Week starts on Sunday, it will mark the 17th year of a growing partnership. NCPW now includes 89 federal, state and local agencies and non-profits working together to connect people with the best consumer education resources.
At NCPW.gov, you’ll find resources to help you manage your money, handle credit and debt, stay safe online, avoid identity theft, and more. Read the latest news from consumer protection experts on our blog; share videos, articles, audio tips, and blog posts; order free resources; or file a complaint when you spot a scam. You’ll also get ideas on how to get involved so you can help us spread the word about consumer protection.
Earlier this week – in keeping with NCPW’s partnership theme and the FTC’s commitment to fighting fraud in every community – we participated in a roundtable with the US Department of Justice and the US Postal Inspection Service, both NCPW partners. We were joined by legal services organizations, consumer advocacy groups, and other non-profits to discuss scams that target older adults and the Latino community.
The message we heard? The three agencies have done a lot to protect these communities from scams, including law enforcement actions and creative consumer education – but there’s still more to be done. And, as Jonathan Olin, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the US Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch, said, “The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch and the FTC continue to work together to stop fraud schemes that prey on all Americans. With the help of consumer groups, we hope to increase awareness so that people know how to avoid these schemes when confronted with them.”
What scams do you see in your community? And what will you be doing for National Consumer Protection Week? Please tell us in the comments, below – or join us on Twitter: follow @FTC and tweet #NCPW2015 to join the conversation on Tues., March 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm ET.
But let’s not stop with NCPW. We’re here every week of every year, working to protect you from frauds and scams. Join us. You can help: talk about the scams you see. Report them to us. And use the NCPW resources, this week and throughout the year.