Welcome to National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) 2020. Today kicks off the 23rd year of one of the FTC’s biggest annual events. Whether you’re new to NCPW or a longtime participant, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to celebrate the local, state and federal consumer protection work being done year-round across the country.
At the FTC, we use every available resource to investigate fraud and shut down scams. But our most valuable resource is education – and that’s where you come in.
Consumer agencies, law enforcement, and the media often talk about how to spot and avoid imposters, unwanted calls, and all types of fraud. But we know that people take these messages to heart when they come from a neighbor, friend, or family member. So, during NCPW and all year round, here are a few ways that you can make a real difference:
- Share some tips on avoiding scams – and order some (free) publications to pass out in your community
- Watch our videos and share them with friends on social media
- Sign up for Consumer Updates – and ask a friend to join, too
Ready to do more? At FTC.gov/NCPW, you’ll find tools to promote NCPW, as well as links to partner websites, initiatives, and events.
Finally, I would like to invite you to join us at some of our events this week, including:
Thank you for taking part in NCPW, and for all you do to protect consumers throughout the year. We hope to see you next year.
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