March 2013

Outsmarting Investment Fraud

We've all heard it before: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." But the trick is figuring out when "good" becomes "too good." Investment fraud criminals make their living by making themselves and their schemes sound legitimate. Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Investing, Scam Alerts

Update: C-SPAN-2 to Broadcast Consumer Protection Summit in Washington

If you are in Washington D.C. on March 8, you’re invited to attend a Consumer Protection Summit presented by the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s Consumer Protection Working Group.

THE EVENT WILL ALSO BE LIVE ON C-SPAN 2.

The Summit will expose some of the most egregious activities committed by fraudsters today, provide information on how consumers can protect themselves, and share what the Consumer Protection Working Group is doing to combat fraud in these areas.

Some of the dangers that will be discussed include: Continue Reading >

Understand Your Basic Telemarketing Rights

How can you tell the difference between a legitimate telemarketing call and a scam? If you think it's difficult, you're not alone. Three-quarters of the adults recently surveyed by Consumer Federation of America said that they thought it was hard for most consumers to tell. And while 9 in 10 said that they were concerned about the possibility of fraud when they get telemarketing calls from companies they haven't done business with before, many did not know their basic telemarketing rights. Knowing your rights can help you spot a scammer. Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Scam Alerts

HUD Marks National Consumer Protection Week

Looking for a housing counselor or want to learn more about your fair housing rights?  The answer may be on your smart phone or tablet!  Recently, HUD launched two new mobile apps designed to help consumers learn about and enforce their housing rights and how to get the help they need from hundreds of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies across the country. Continue Reading >

What Can Students Do to Protect Themselves?

This post is part of a series for National Consumer Protection Week

Americans owe more than a trillion dollars in student loan debt. That’s more than we owe on credit cards, more than we owe on car loans – and it’s still growing. Continue Reading >

Variations on a Scheme

We’ve heard reports that a variation on an old scam is making the rounds. It sounds like this:

<Ring, ring>

Unsuspecting person who answers the phone:  Hello?

Scammer who is calling:  Ma’am, I’m calling from the government. We’re about to send out national medical cards for the new Affordable Care Act. You’re one of the lucky people to get yours first, so I just need to confirm your name, address and phone number.  Oh, and your bank account number, too… Continue Reading >

Update: C-SPAN-2 to Broadcast Consumer Protection Summit in Washington

If you are in Washington D.C. on March 8, you’re invited to attend a Consumer Protection Summit presented by the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s Consumer Protection Working Group.

THE EVENT WILL ALSO BE LIVE ON C-SPAN 2.

The Summit will expose some of the most egregious activities committed by fraudsters today, provide information on how consumers can protect themselves, and share what the Consumer Protection Working Group is doing to combat fraud in these areas.

Some of the dangers that will be discussed include: Continue Reading >

"SHRED IT and FORGET IT" MS Shred Day

Attorney General Jim Hood, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Shred-it, President/CEO John O’Hara of the Better Business Bureau, BancorpSouth, CredAbility (formerly The Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Jackson), and Mississippi State University Extension Service are pleased to announce Mississippi's SEVENTH Community Shred Day.  The purpose of the event is to promote consumer protection and awareness of identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the country and the state.  You are invited to bring up to 5 bags of your sensitive documents to be shred Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
NCPW News/Events

Shedding Light on the Credit-Reporting Industry

Whether it’s after a shopping spree or before you make it big purchase, it's probably a wise move to check your credit report. You can get a free credit report from each of three largest credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) once a year at AnnualCreditReport.comContinue Reading >

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