National Consumer Protection Week takes place March 1-7.
The week is designed as “a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.”
Information about the week is found online at www.ncpw.gov/.
At the website, consumers will find general information and consumer blogs on a wide range of specific topics dealing with categories such as banking, technology, identity theft, shopping online, and credit and debit card use.
Consumers can request through the website to receive email updates from National Consumer Protection Week partners, such as the Better Business Bureau’s “Consumer Tips,” the Indiana attorney general’s “Office Fraud Alerts,” and updates from many other public and nonprofit agencies.
Consumers will also find at the site marketing tools, including social media options and sample news releases to advertise community consumer educational events. Those creating the site urge consumers to “host a forum, workshop or seminar in your community and share the tools people need for today’s economy.”
Free consumer publications can be ordered at the site in bulk for use in classes or at community consumer affairs events.
Well-informed consumers are likely to be stronger consumers and are better situated to avoid scams and to make well-reasoned decisions on consumer matters. Spending some time on the National Consumer Protection Week website can make you better informed.
Opinions are solely the writer's. Joseph Pellicciotti is a lawyer, professor and vice chancellor at Indiana University Northwest.