We appreciate the sacrifices of our military service members and their families. They face incredible hardships in order to keep us safe. Unfortunately, they are often targets for scammers. Fortunately, there are organizations that are working to help protect our military families. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the BBB Military Line Program, state attorneys general, and 22 other organizations have teamed up to promote the 1st Military Consumer Protection Day today, July 17, 2013 and to kick off a year-long campaign. The focus of the campaign is to provide military and veterans’ communities with resources to help them manage money, protect their personal information, and avoid scams.
About the program, Jessica Rich, FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Director, said, “Military Consumer Protection Day gives us an opportunity to focus on the servicemembers, veterans, and families who sacrifice so much for our country. They are targets for fraud because they relocate frequently, and many are living on their own and earning a steady paycheck for the first time.”
Last year the FTC received more than 62,000 complaints from military consumers. Identity theft was at the top of the list with almost 24,800 complaints. Other categories included debt collection, imposter scams, sweepstakes/prizes/lottery scams, and banks and lenders.
The FTC and Military Consumer Protection Day partners have created a website www.military.ncpw.gov that can be accessed by service members, military families, veterans, community leaders, and others. The website has downloadable free brochures, fact sheets and guides on credit, debt, fraud, savings, disability benefits, and other topics. Also on the website, visitors can subscribe to various consumer protection newsletters and blogs.
As always, consumers can check out a business with us at www.evansville.bbb.org.
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