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National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is coming up next week, and we’d love for you to join us. NCPW is a time when the FTC joins with local, state and national partners to bring you information and advice on scams, identity theft, and other consumer protection issues.

Here’s a preview of some events you can join:

Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 6

Follow USAGov (@usagov) on Instagram for quick, shareable consumer tips all week long.

Watch “The Impostors: Stealing Money, Damaging Lives,“ a two-part webinar hosted by AARP. You’ll learn about the most-reported imposter scams, how to recognize one, and what to do if you think you’ve encountered a scammer.

Thursday, March 5

11am EST: Participate in our “Slam the Scam” Twitter chat with @FTC, @USAGov, @SocialSecurity and @IRSnews on avoiding imposter scams. Use #SlamtheScamChat and #NCPW2020 to follow the conversation.

1pm EST:Join AARP’s Slam the Scam webinar and hear from the Federal Trade Commission and our colleagues from some commonly impersonated government agencies: Medicare, the Internal Revenue Service, the Census Bureau, and the Social Security Administration.

7pm EST: Join us for a Facebook Live with our colleagues from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Office of the Inspector General. We’ll talk about how to spot and avoid SSA scams. Please join us LIVE and ask questions!

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February 26, 2020
Jessica D.
February 26, 2020

In reply to by ELSIE LARIVIERE

I appreciate all you do, you've kept me aware of so many frauds. If it wasn't for you I would be a victim of so many things.
February 26, 2020
Thanks again for helping to expose some of the day to day crimes that often go unnoticed and are lacking proper punishment. I often wonder how these scammers can look at themselves in a mirror!
February 26, 2020
I agree 100% I've learned & told others about the information The FTC has on their website concerning scams, money, and credit & how helpful it is to help people who don't know what to do or who to turn to. Keep up the great work.
Catherine Johnson
February 26, 2020
Thank you for your exemplary dedication to the consumer. Your organization makes a difference!
February 26, 2020
Thank you so much for all you do to help us consumers from being scammed!
February 27, 2020
I have been a victim for so long now you would think I could spot a scam easy,,but I learn something new every day.. Thank you for the great effort ...
February 27, 2020
Every tv channel should have a public service announcements throughout the day every day to educate & reach more people to hopefully eradicate scammers.
February 27, 2020
Caller ID must be the company or person who pays for the phone number making the call.
March 02, 2020
Thanks for all the helpful information!