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Military Consumer Protection Day 2013

Today, the FBI joins other government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private sector groups to celebrate the first annual Military Consumer Protection Day, kicking off a year-round campaign to empower military and veteran communities with information as the first line of defense against consumer fraud.

Jul 17, 2013 02:00 PM

Military Consumer Protection Day 2013

TodayJuly 17, 2013the FBI joins other government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private sector groups to celebrate the first annual Military Consumer Protection Day, kicking off a year-round campaign to empower military and veteran communities with information as the first line of defense against consumer fraud.

This broad coalition is sharing tips and information about managing money, dealing with credit and debt, building savings, protecting personal information, recognizing identity theft, and avoiding fraud. Although all consumers can benefit from these tips, the unique challenges of military life—frequent relocation, separation from family and friends, and the stresses of deployment—can make military households an attractive target for scam artists. In fact, during 2012 the Federal Trade Commission logged more than 62,000 complaints from service members, veterans, and spouses about their experiences in the marketplace.

Commanders, personnel finance managers, military members or spouses, veterans, community leaders, and others can use the Military Consumer Protection Day site to download resources or order copies of materials from the Federal Trade Commission and its partners; put together a customizable tool kit for outreach events throughout the year; subscribe to the blog; and learn more about how to get involved.

Visit military.ncpw.gov for free resources, tip sheets, and blog posts from national consumer protection experts. And visit our Be Crime Smart page for the FBI’s information and expertise on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of the crimes and frauds we investigate.

Resources:
- Military Consumer Protection Day
- Be Crime Smart
- New E-Scams & Warnings
- Frauds from A to Z