National Consumer Protection Week 2013 Kicks Off Sunday, March 3

As posted on March 1, 2013 on www.ftc.gov

The Federal Trade Commission is joining with more than 60 federal, state and local agencies, consumer groups and national advocacy organizations to participate in National Consumer Protection Week, held March 3-9, 2013. National Consumer Protection Week is a coordinated campaign designed to focus on the importance of keeping consumers informed while providing consumers with free resources explaining their rights in the marketplace.

Charles Harwood, acting director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, noted the campaign's website, NCPW.gov, available in English and Spanish, hosts a variety of resources on topics that matter to the nation's consumers.

“The NCPW website has information that can help consumers understand their rights, protect their privacy, avoid identity theft, recognize scams, manage their credit and debt, and even report fraud,” said Harwood. “Consumers also can download materials from the site to share with family and friends or use at community events to help people be more informed.”

2013 marks the 15th celebration of National Consumer Protection Week. To get materials and to view a full list of participating agencies visit the NCPW About Us page.