February 2013

Patching Things Up

If you own an HTC phone or mobile device, you may be affected by a settlement announced today between the FTC and HTC America.

According to the FTC, security failures in HTC devices left users vulnerable to hackers. If exploited, these security problems could allow crooks to install malware or access sensitive information stored on the device. Continue Reading >

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Technology

NAACP Hosts Series of Financial Planning Workshops

Join the NAACP Washington, DC Branch for a series of financial management workshops on Saving & Investment, Retirement, Estate Planning and College Planning.  These workshops are free and open to the public. Continue Reading >

Join Us for the NCPW 2013 Congressional Fair!

During National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 3 – 9, 2013, more than 60 federal, state, local government and nonpublic agencies will hold events and share information to help people nationwide make better-informed decisions and avoid scams. Continue Reading >

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NCPW News/Events

The New Fraud.org – A Hub For Anti-Fraud Education and Advocacy

National Consumers League (NCL) is proud to announce the relaunch of its anti-fraud education and advocacy campaign, Fraud.org. Today’s announcement is the culmination of nearly a year of work by the League to update its signature anti-fraud program to address the continued challenge of fighting rampant online and telemarketing fraud. Continue Reading >

Are you up for the America Saves Challenge?

Saving money is a lot like losing weight: Setting a goal is the first step. Staying on track can be more of a challenge. Sometimes you need a little support and encouragement. And that’s where the America Saves Challenge can help. Continue Reading >

Employees are Consumers, Too

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host its 4th Annual Consumer Employee Information Fair in conjunction with the National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) on Tuesday, March 5 at FCC headquarters. While the event is not open to the general public, the FCC welcomes other government agencies and consumer groups to exhibit at the fair or just stop by and learn about some of the consumer education resources available from NCPW’s partner agencies and organizations. Continue Reading >

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NCPW News/Events

And They Called It Puppy Love…

The big bright eyes, the wet little nose, the soft fur fringed around a face you want to cuddle and coo. You’ve fallen in love with a picture of the cutest puppy (with a bright red bow), after responding to an ad that says “free to a loving home.”

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Scam Alerts

Avoid Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scams

The FTC is mailing hundreds of refund checks to consumers duped by a debt relief services company that ran an extensive credit card interest rate reduction scamContinue Reading >

Check your broker’s background with free BrokerCheck tool

Before working with a broker or other financial professional, the first thing you should do is make sure that person is licensed to sell you an investment. You can do this by using BrokerCheck®, a free online tool from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Continue Reading >

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Investing

Is Your Favorite Hotspot Secure?

What’s not to like about the convenience of free public Wi-Fi? It’s nice to be able to connect to the internet when you’re away from home. Unfortunately, these hotspots often aren’t secure. If you go online using public Wi-Fi — like at an airport or a coffee shop — you may unintentionally share personal information with strangers. Read more Continue Reading >

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Technology

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