National Consumer Protection Week is Here

While we believe EVERY week should be about protecting consumers, the first week in March offers some additional tips and resources to help people understand their consumer rights and make well-informed decisions about money.

This page is your complete guide to the different offerings for the first week in March – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/national-consumer-protection-week – but if you miss the actual week, we’ve got several other resources for you that are available all year long.

The Federal Trade Commission website (www.ftc.gov) offers a vast array of important information to help you avoid scams and make smart decisions as a consumer. If you don’t have the time to check their website on a regular basis, you can sign up for their regular email updates. This link – https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USFTC/subscriber/new?category_id=USFTC_C7 – allows you to sign up for free. The FTC does the legwork for you, uncovering and alerting you to the latest things that could cause trouble.

In addition, on the FTC website, you can discover a library of articles on everything from Money & Credit to Health & Fitness to Online Privacy and Security. When you have financial questions, this is a great place to start.

Closer to home, the Georgia Consumer Protection Division is committed to protecting GA consumers and legitimate businesses from unfair and deceptive practices involving consumer transactions. From a place to submit general complaints to learning how to file a Lemon Law or price gouging complaint, www.consumer.georgia.gov is the place to start. In addition, if you’d like a speaker for your civic or community organization, there’s a speaker request form available on this site. If you’re considering patronizing a business you haven’t used before, you can check the reputation of that business from this website. There is also a place to sign up for Georgia-specific email alerts and consumer protection news. That link is available here – https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/GAOAG/subscriber/new?qsp=GAOAG_1.

It can seem like a daunting task to keep yourself safe these days but the right tools go a long way in helping you achieve that goal. Stay safe out there!


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