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California DCA promotes consumer knowledge at NCPW event

The California Department of Consumer Affairs will be hosting our National Consumer Protection Week event on March 4. 

Please join us for an evening of information and education!  Speakers from the Contractors State License Board, the US Postal Inspection Service, the California Department of Business Oversight, and Covered California will be giving tips and ideas on how to use their programs and protect yourself from fraud.

North Natomas Library

March 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835 Continue Reading >

Federal, State, & City Agencies in New York Name Top Consumer Complaint Categories

On Tuesday, March 5, staff from the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau, and other government and private groups will gather in New York City to announce the top consumer frauds and complaints of the past year.  The speakers will explain the top categories of complaints each organization received in 2012. Local consumers will be on hand to talk about their experiences with some of these scams. Continue Reading >

Florida consumer agency hosts seven consumer protection events for NCPW

In celebration of National Consumer Protection Week 2014, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting the following events for Florida’s consumers:

Monday

  • Consumer protection presentations will be done at South Sumter High School in Bushnell, Florida.

Tuesday Continue Reading >

Fraud Affects 25 Million People: Recognize Anyone You Know?

The FTC is always working to know more about the types of fraud being committed and who spends money on them. Consumers provide us with useful information through periodic surveys that ask them to share the important details about their recent marketplace experiences and a bit about themselves.  Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

FTC Annual Highlights

Springtime: For us here at FTC headquarters, it means warm weather, cherry blossoms on the National Mall, and the publication of the agency’s Annual Highlights. Take a look at our highlights for the past year, presented in an interactive format, and find out how the FTC: Continue Reading >

FTC hosts Twitter chat to answer consumer questions

To highlight National Consumer Protection Week, the FTC will host a Twitter chat to answer consumers’ questions about common scams on Tuesday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. EST

The chat will cover scams involving government imposters, text and email, identity theft, working at home, timeshares and fake debt collectors.

Follow @FTC, and use the hashtag: #NCPW2014. See FTC Twitter chats to learn more. Continue Reading >

Gear up for a Great NCPW!

The 15th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is March 3 - 9. Government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private sector groups from coast to coast have come together here to share information that can help you make smart decisions about a slew of subjects, including privacy protection, money and debt management, and recognizing identity theft, frauds and scams. Continue Reading >

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NCPW News/Events

Homeowners Beware of the Tax Identity Thief

Whether you just bought a home or have owned one for a while, you’re probably looking forward to the mortgage interest deduction you claim when you file your annual income taxes. But what happens when you go to file your return and you discover they’re already filed?

You may be a victim of refund fraud. The Federal Trade Commission is designating January 13-17 as Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to claim YOUR refund or to secure a job. Continue Reading >

Join AARP and FTC for anti-fraud webinar

Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. Are you next? 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 >

Mississippi agencies and businesses host Community Shred Day

Attorney General Jim Hood, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Cintas, Magnolia Data Solutions, BancorpSouth,ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions (formerly CredAbility), President/CEO John O'Hara of the Better Business Bureau, and Mississippi State University Extension Service are pleased to announce Mississippi's EIGHTH Community Shred Day. Please see dates, times and locations below. Continue Reading >

NACA Leads the Way in Innovative Approaches to Consumer Education and Consumer Advocacy Resources

The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) is a non-profit association of attorneys and consumer advocates committed to representing customers’ interests. Our members are private and public sector attorneys, legal services attorneys, law professors and law students whose primary focus is the protection and representation of consumers. NACA’s members focus much of their efforts on advocating for individuals who have been victimized by fraudulent, abusive, or predatory business practices. Continue Reading >

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NCPW News/Events

Pinellas County Justice & Consumer Services celebrates NCPW 2014

Pinellas County’s Justice & Consumer Services, Office of Consumer Protection is joining federal, state and local government agencies nationwide to celebrate National Consumer Protection Week 2014, which runs from March 2 to 8. In recognition, Pinellas County Consumer Protection has planned several events, including public presentations and information booths to provide free resources to help people protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, understand credit and steer clear of frauds and scams. Continue Reading >

Something Smells Phishy…

Have you ever received an email from a business that asked you to respond with personal or financial information? Maybe even a text from a company that threatened to close your account if you didn’t verify your identity? That smells phishy.

Scammers are looking to lure you in with bogus emails and pop-ups that seem safe. In fact, if they get your information, they’ll use it to commit fraud.

Learn how to sniff out phishing attacks and avoid being scammed.  Continue Reading >

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 >

Trending

In 2012, the FTC received more than 2 million consumer complaints – a first in the history of the Consumer Sentinel Network. The #1 category of complaints? Identity theft. This tidbit is from the hot-off-the-press Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2012, a fascinating analysis of complaints received in Sentinel during the previous calendar year. Continue Reading >

We want to get your money back!

“They got me.”

If you’ve ever been taken in by a bogus product or service, that may be the first thing you think just as you get that sinking feeling in your stomach.

Fortunately, the FTC’s mission is to get them – the scammers and cheats – and to return the money they made back to you. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Welcome to NCPW 2014

Sunday marks the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week. The Federal Trade Commission stands with 74 federal, state and local agencies and organizations to stand up for consumers by highlighting the very best in consumer education resources.

This site offers practical and timely information to help you recognize and report scams; manage debt; use technology wisely; evaluate products and services; fight identity theft; and see the truth behind advertising claims.   Continue Reading >