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National Consumer Protection Week

March 4 - 10, 2012 is national Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). About 30 federal agencies and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), plus consumer groups, state, county, and local government agencies are participating with the goal to:

"... focus attention on the importance of consumer information and provide people with free resources explaining their rights in the marketplace."

During the week, various groups will share information and tips about how to:

  • Avoid identity theft, and scams,
  • Protect your privacy, and
  • Manage your money

NCPW began 14 years ago. The website has materials in both English and Spanish. David Vladeck, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said:

"The information on can help consumers understand their rights, protect their privacy online and off, manage credit and debt, avoid identity theft, recognize foreclosure rescue scams, and report fraud... Visitors can download and print materials to share with friends and neighbors, or use the toolkit to plan a larger community event."

To learn more, visit


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