National Consumer Protection Week

Military Families Learning Network – Personal Finance Celebrates National Consumer Protection Week

Looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, and scams? Maybe you’re wondering about the best way to use credit, how to shop for a used car, or maximize your security online.

Credit Card Theft by Don Hankins
Credit Card Theft by Don Hankins

MFLNPF has information for you during National Consumer Protection Week — March 6-12, 2016 — and any time of the year.

We will be hosting a webinar today, Tuesday, March 15 at 11 a.m. ET. The topic will be Identity Theft: How to Reduce Your Risk.

Dr. Barbara O’Neill and Carol Kando-Pineda, of the Federal Trade Commission, will present this 90-minute webinar on behalf of the Military Families Learning Network. This 90-minute webinar will include two sections: a general overview of identity theft and discussion about military-specific scams. Topics covered during the first section, presented by Dr. O’Neill, include a definition of identity theft, signs of identity theft, an identity theft risk assessment quiz, types of identity theft, how identity theft occurs, ways to reduce identity theft risk, phishing scams, proactive and reactive identity theft actions, and identity theft resources. Ms. Kando-Pineda plans to discuss getting help for identity theft victims, including the steps they need to take immediately, walking through the new features for consumers on Identitytheft.gov and how they help victims develop a recovery plan, get a heads-up on the latest “imposter” scams, and an update on the Military Consumer campaign and new resources on the way for the military community.

Go to the event page for more information. Also, visit this page to learn how to get free consumer education materials and read the latest from consumer protection experts.

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