One of the best ways to remember important things is to repeat them—something that applies to your shopping list as well as helpful information you need to know.
True, we can’t help you remember to buy a loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter. But, with National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) coming March 1-7, you can refresh your memory on the best ways to avoid scams, identity theft, and get informed about consumer protection issues.
After all, research shows if you know about a scam, you’re 80% less likely to engage (and if you do, you’re 40% less likely to become a victim).
Get tips on Instagram
Follow USAGov (@usagov) on Instagram for quick, shareable consumer tips all week long.
Watch a free webinar or two
No matter how old you are, you can watch AARP’s free two-part webinar about impostor scams. You’ll learn what scams are popular, what to watch for, and what to do if you suspect someone isn’t who they say they are.
If on-demand webinars aren’t your bag, attend a live one! The AARP is also offering a 15-minute Slam the Scam! webinar on March 5 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This quick session will teach you how to recognize, report, and stay safe from government imposter scams.
Talk with experts on Twitter
@FTC, @USAGov, @SocialSecurity and @IRSnews are hosting a Slam the Scam Twitter chat at 1 p.m. EST on March 5. Use #SlamtheScamChat and #NCPW2020 to follow the conversation.
Join the FTC for a Facebook Live event
The FTC, along with their colleagues from the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General, will be talking about how to spot and avoid Social Security scams. Join live and ask questions!
We have lots of blogs about important consumer protection topics. Take a moment and read up on:
- Tax identity theft
- Tips for gift card shopping
- How to keep your smart home safe
- The danger of free trial scams
- Fake charity scams
- Online pop-up scams
- Tech support scams
- Scams tailor-made just for you
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