Each year we focus our March consumer resources on consumer protection and fraud prevention. March 1-7 is National Consumer Protection Week, a coordinated campaign encouraging consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better informed decisions. We will be sharing information throughout the month on organizations that protect your consumer rights and information on how to prevent fraud, scams, and financial abuse.
We are also excited to share with you the Federal Trade’s Commission’s new Pass It On campaign. Many people are embarrassed to admit that they have been scammed, but silence can perpetuate the problem. Chances are that you actually know someone that has been a victim, and chances are also good that it’s someone close to you. This is a great campaign that gives you the tools to share with the people in your life—acknowledging that people are often more likely to listen to people they trust, especially about a private and potentially uncomfortable topic.
We will go into further detail throughout the month, but here are a few topics and corresponding red flags we will be sharing from the FTC campaign:
Check back each week throughout March while we talk about your rights as a consumer and where to turn if you have been a victim of scam or fraud. It’s also important to know that you have legal rights. There are consumer laws that protect you and government agencies that will advocate for you.
Consumer Federation: The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of non-profit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education.
National Consumers League: The National Consumers League is America’s oldest consumer organization, representing consumers and workers on marketplace and workplace issues since our founding in 1899.
Fraud.org: A project of the National Consumers League (NCL), a non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, was founded in 1899 to promote the interests of consumers and workers in the United States and abroad.
Consumers Union: Consumers Union is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.
Federal Trade Commission: The FTC is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace. Also check out their newest consumer help website, consumer.gov.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: The CFPB’s mission is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.
Montana Office of Consumer Protection: In Montana, the Department of Justice works to protect your rights.
Montana Credit Unions for Community Development (or MCUCD) is the award-winning, charitable arm of the Montana Credit Union Network. A state-wide nonprofit organization, MCUCD works together with the state's credit unions to improve the lives and financial independence of all Montanans.