Presidential Proclamation: It's Consumer Protection Week

According to presidential proclamation, this week is Consumer Protection Week! From the White House:

During National Consumer Protection Week, citizens are urged to learn more about the risks of fraud and identity theft and take precautions to protect themselves from these crimes.

We have lots of info about fraud and ID theft and want you to learn all about it.

HOW TO: Get Through Having Your Identity Stolen
How To: Avoid ID Theft

The FTC has lots of info, too.

Deter. Detect. Defend. Avoid ID Theft
Report Fraud To Law Enforcement Agencies With Consumer Sentinel

Get your paper shredder prepped and ready!—MEGHANN MARCO

National Consumer Protection Week, 2007 [White House]

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  1. B says:

    Avoiding fraud, is that anything like not being taken in by faulty intelligence?

  2. FLConsumer says:

    Wow, I feel safer already!

  3. viriiman says:
  4. timmus says:

    During National Consumer Protection Week, citizens are urged to learn more about the risks of fraud and identity theft and take precautions to protect themselves from these crimes.

    Er, this should be an all-year thing. In fact if the government was half serious about minimizing identity theft, they’d mandate free access to our own credit report ALL THE TIME, not just a ceremonial inspection once a year.

  5. FLConsumer says:

    Timmus: they’d also implement harsh penalties for abuse of credit report info by scam artists and inaccuracies by companies, but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting.

  6. r3m0t says:

    Shouldn’t this be the week when we are protected from misleading advertising, decieving sales material and packaging, price-fixing and lock-in?

  7. Keter says:

    Irony at its finest. Another wonderful example of “we’re not going to do anything about this problem, so we’ll have an ‘awareness week’ about it.”

    So…how about we hold our own ‘awareness week’ — a freedom protection week during which citizens are urged to learn more about:

    + the many frauds perpetrated on them by their elected officials and

    + the selling out of their reputation and economic strength to special interests and foreign goverments through abusive (to US citizens) trade policies and immigration non-enforcement and

    + how to take proactive steps to put a stop to these crimes.

  8. I second that motion Keter.