National Consumer Protection Week: March 1-7, 2015

NCPW

By: Ryan Corbin, Fall 2014 Student Intern

Join the Investor Advocacy Clinic in celebrating the 17th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) next week!  NCPW is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers to take advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.  Participants include the Better Business Bureau, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, and many more.  However, we all can participate by becoming informed consumers and helping others to avoid scams.

You may be wondering where to start. First, follow the Investor Advocacy Clinic’s blog next week for posts tailored to consumer protection.  Second, visit the NCPW website for free educational resources and to read blog posts from national consumer protection experts.  Finally, help spread the word in any way you can.

If there’s anything you have learned from the Investor Advocacy Clinic, it is that scams to get at your money are prevalent in today’s society. However, this shouldn’t scare you.  Simply being aware of what’s out there will drastically decrease your chances of ever becoming a victim.

With smart phones and the internet quickly becoming the exclusive medium for today’s consumer, I would like us to smartly use our devices.  Over the next few days I will provide us with some tips that every online consumer should be aware of.

Until then, learn more about NCPW by watching this video.