For Release: February 2, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has joined a group of federal, state, and local government agencies and national consumer advocacy organizations to launch the ninth annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), February 4-10, 2007.
NCPW highlights consumer education efforts in the fight against fraud in communities across the nation. This year, NCPW’s national organizers encourage everyone to read up and reach out to be an informed consumer. By gathering and sharing information, consumers – and their friends and families – can be more confident, savvy, and safe in the marketplace.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumer information can help people recognize a rip-off, smell a scam, or find a fraud. Fraudulent promotions seek to exploit people’s financial fantasies, needs, and optimism. But informed consumers are better able to see through frauds and deceptions, whether they take the form of questionable claims in an ad, ‘breathless’ offers that come in the mail or email, or schemes that sound like sure-fire successes.
CFTC Commissioner Michael V. Dunn stated: “The CFTC is proud to be a part of this year’s National Consumer Protection Week campaign. Consumers are our most effective partners in this effort. We encourage everyone to read up and reach out, learn how to deter fraud and deception in the marketplace – and tell others.”
NCPW partner organizations provide practical – and tactical – tips so consumers can learn and tell others how to make well-informed purchase decisions, avoid scams, protect their personal information, and file a complaint if they’re not satisfied. Consumers can read up and boost their marketplace IQ at www.consumer.gov/ncpw.
In addition to the CFTC, other national organizers of this year’s NCPW are the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Citizen’s Information Center (FCIC), the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Comptroller of the Currency, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA), the National Consumers League (NCL), AARP, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Call for Action, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).
For more information about NCPW, visit http://www.consumer.gov/ncpw. For more information regarding the CFTC’s consumer education efforts visit Consumer Protection.
R. David Gary
Last Updated: May 15, 2013