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National Consumer Protection Week encourages residents to protect themselves against fraud

March 2024


Crime Victim Services Celebrates National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 3-9.


NCPW is a time when government agencies, consumer protection groups, and organizations like Crime Victim Services work together to share information about consumer rights and help people learn to spot, report, and avoid scams.



It is estimated that 1 in 10 people fall victim to fraudulent scams each year, with elder Americans at the highest risk of victimization. Of those who lost money in a scam, 1 in 4 say it started with a social media post.


The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a series of live in person and virtual events to help spread awareness and resources for protecting yourself against these types of crimes. Those interested in learning more can find the full listing of events here.


Each year, Crime Victim Services helps over 5,000 victims prevail over the trauma of abuse, neglect, exploitation and other crimes including fraud and scams, providing individualized recovery services and support. Elder Victim Advocates offer researched, up to date information on recovery steps after an identity theft or scam, payee referrals, and cyber security practices. A full list of our resources can be found on our website.


For more tips on how to protect yourself against scams, follow our social media all week long.

 

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