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FTC Kicks Off National Consumer Protection Week this Sunday, March 6
The Federal Trade Commission will launch the annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) this Sunday, March 6.
Joined by other federal, state, and local agencies, consumer and national advocacy organizations, the FTC will spend March 6-12 sharing information with Americans on how they can avoid scams, identity theft, and other consumer protection issues.
To support these efforts, the FTC and its partners have organized a series of programming ranging from webinars to Twitter chats and livestreams. Topics of interest include college students and cryptocurrency scams, financial caregiving, and how to recover from fraud. A preview of the week’s events can be found below:
- Follow the FTC on social media for quick, shareable consumer tips all week long.
Sunday, March 6
- (In-person event) 11:30am CST: Join the FTC at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas, for a presentation on how to identify, avoid, and report scams online.
Tuesday, March 8
- 10am HST (3pm EST): Join the FTC and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for a webinar on how to protect yourself from scams and where to report them.
- 11 am EST: Join the FTC, AARP Georgia, Better Business Bureau, and the Georgia Department of Law for a webinar about how to avoid common scams, including impersonator, gift card, romance, and pet scams.
Wednesday, March 9
- 1pm EST: Join the FTC and the National Student Employment Association for a webinar about college students and cryptocurrency scams. You’ll learn the basics of cryptocurrency and common scams — and how they’re affecting college students.
Thursday, March 10
- Join NCPW Twitter chats on avoiding Coronavirus and impersonator scams.
- 1pm EST: Join the Twitter chat in Spanish with @laFTC, @USAGovEspanol and @SeguroSocial. Follow the conversation by using hashtags #OjoConLasEstafas and #NCPW2022.
- 1 pm EST: Join the FTC, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Diverse Elders Coalition for a webinar about financial caregiving. You’ll learn about free resources to help caregivers and older adults plan for financial caregiving. We’ll also share information about how to spot, avoid, and report scams.
- 2 pm EST: Join the FTC, SAGE, and AARP’s Fraud Watch Network for a webinar about how to recover from fraud. This interactive discussion will highlight possible ways to recover money lost to scammers, as well as how to cope with the emotional impact of scams and fraud.
- 2pm EST: Join the FTC, Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs, BBB, AARP, and Internal Revenue Service for a panel focused on top scams affecting people in Massachusetts.
- 7pm EST: Join a Facebook Live with the FTC and the SSA’s Office of the Inspector General. You’ll learn how to spot and avoid government impersonator scams. Please join and bring your questions!
Friday, March 11
- 10am CST: Join the FTC and the Texas Senior Medicare Patrol for a webinar about fighting fraud.
For more information, and to get involved, check out ftc.gov/NCPW.