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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: 

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:

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!

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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