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How to be a Savvy Consumer

National Consumer Protection Week, which runs from March 6-12, is a nationwide campaign that encourages you to learn your rights as a consumer so you can spend your money wisely and protect yourself from scams and frauds.

The Federal Trade Commission and several other organizations are hosting events across the country where you can learn about consumer safety and shred old documents with sensitive information, like Social Security numbers, that you don’t need any more. Check out the list of events to see if there is one in your area.

If you can’t attend an in-person event, you can still learn how to be a savvy consumer with tips from the NCPW website:

  • Order a free copy of the Consumer Action Handbook. This guide is full of advice on buying products and services and what you should do if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase. It includes a sample complaint letter and lists the steps you need to take to file a complaint with a seller.
  • Protect your identity online. Using the tools from OnGuard Online, you’ll learn to identify common scams and get advice for keeping your personal information secure.
  • Take time to manage your money. Whether you’re trying to get out of debt or looking to boost your credit score, you’ll find out how to manage your money safely and avoid scams targeted toward people who are less experienced at handling their finances.

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