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It’s National Consumer Protection Week


This year’s National Consumer Protection Week is March 1-7. It’s an opportunity for consumers to learn about their rights as consumers, help them make well-informed decisions about money, and provide tips to avoid scams.

Here’s some NCPW activities this week:

All week

Follow USAGov (@usagov) on Instagram for quick, shareable consumer tips throughout the week.

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 at 11 a.m. ET: Webinar with AARP on government imposter scams

Join AARP’s Slam the Scam webinar and hear from the Federal Trade Commission and others on common scams that impersonate government agencies: Medicare, the Internal Revenue Service, the Census Bureau, and the Social Security Administration.

Thursday, March 5 at 11 a.m. ET: Twitter chat on Avoiding Imposter Scams

Participate in the FTC’s “Slam the Scam” Twitter chat with @FTC@USAGov@SocialSecurity, and @IRSnews on avoiding imposter scams. Use #SlamtheScamChat and #NCPW2020 to follow the conversation.

Thursday, March 5 at 1 p.m. ET: Twitter chat on Avoiding Imposter Scams (in Spanish)

Participate in the FTC’s “Slam the Scam” Twitter chat in Spanish with @laFTC and @USAGovespanol on avoiding imposter scams. Use #OjoConLasEstafas and #NCPW2020 to follow the conversation.

Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. ET: Facebook live with the Social Security Administration

FTC staff will join the SSA on Facebook Live to discuss scams that involve people pretending to be SSA officials. Consumers will learn about these imposter scams and how to avoid them.

During NCPW, the FTC, its partners, and hundreds of community groups across the country host events to promote general consumer education or highlight a specific consumer protection issue.

Check the website of the attorney general in your state for NCPW activities in your area.


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