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Your First Line of Defense

We’re all consumers and information is the first line of defense in the marketplace. Everyone can benefit from amping up their consumer know-how and getting the inside skinny on avoiding scams. That’s true for servicemembers, veterans, and their families, too. And that’s the spirit behind Military Consumer Protection Day, July 17. The FTC, the Department of Defense, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Military Saves have teamed up for this first ever MCPD to kick off a year-round campaign to empower the military and veteran communities. Continue Reading >

Going Mobile

If you want easy access to reliable consumer tips and advice while you’re on-the-go, check out the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new mobile-friendly navigation for our library of consumer information. You’ll have ready access to more than 1,000 helpful articles, videos, and audio tipsContinue Reading >

A DNC Birthday Suit

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the National Do Not Call Registry. What a fitting day for the FTC’s announcement of the biggest civil penalty ever collected in a Do Not Call case.

Mortgage Investors Corporation has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle charges that its telemarketers called more than 5.4 million current and former U.S. service members whose phone numbers were on the Do Not Call Registry. Continue Reading >

What You Auto Know

Military Consumer Protection Day is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for July 17. To get in gear, we’re hosting a Twitter Chat June 26 at 2pm (EDT).Staff from the FTC, DoD’s Military One Source, and Military Saves will answer questions for 60 minutes about buying a new or used car and other issues related to vehicles. To participate, follow @FTC and Tweet questions with the hashtag #mcpd or #MCPD. Visit military.ncpw.gov to learn more. Continue Reading >

Observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder abuse is recognized by experts as a public health crisis that crosses socio-economic borders. Although millions of older Americans are abused, neglected, and exploited every year, an estimated 84 percent of cases go unreported. 

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the UN World Health Organization launched World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2006. The eighth annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2013, offers an opportunity to draw attention to the problem and the importance of preventing, identifying, and responding to it.  Continue Reading >

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.   Continue Reading >

Going on Vacation?

What does summer mean to you? Barbecues? Darting in and out of splash pads in the park? Vacations with your family and friends? Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. And while there may be  options for virtually every budget, there also are lots of pitches made that, frankly, may be a little generous for the situation. “Five star” accommodations may be on a scale of 15; “best location” may be okay for someone else’s priorities but not for yours; “all-inclusive” may be slightly misleading in terms of costs or services. The key to avoiding travel trouble? Continue Reading >

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Veterans – A Great Asset

While Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor and pay tribute to all men and women who died in military service to our nation, every day is an opportunity to thank the veterans we know for their service. Unfortunately, though, not everyone has the best interests of veterans in mind. Continue Reading >

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Recovering from a Health Care Hustle

The FTC announced today that it will mail more than $700,000 in refunds to people who thought they paid for medical insurance but were sold worthless medical discount plans instead. Continue Reading >

“Green Card” Lottery Scams

The results for the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery are now available at dvlottery.state.gov.

That’s good news for people who are hoping to become “lawful permanent residents” in the US (sometimes referred to as “getting a green card”).

But it’s also a good opportunity for scammers to try to confuse hopeful applicants.

If you’ve entered the diversity visa lottery, don’t be fooled by emails that say you’ve won, or that ask you to send money to claim your spot. Continue Reading >

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