Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) has launched a new consumer protection webpage as part of the 12th Annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 7-13. The site provides constituents with tools to follow recall campaigns, protect themselves against identity theft, and register for the Do Not Call List, along with links to information on other consumer protection topics. The page can be found in the "How Can I Help You?" section of the Congressman's website and is highlighted on his front page this week.
"It's never too early or too late to become a more informed and empowered consumer," said Himes. "Regardless of your age or financial situation, there are useful lessons to learn about managing money wisely and protecting yourself against scams and other unscrupulous business practices."
This coordinated consumer education campaign encourages individuals across the country to take full advantage of their consumer rights. This year's theme -- Dollars & Sense: Rated "A" for All Ages -- highlights the importance of using good consumer sense at every stage of life -- from grade school to retirement. In recognition of NCPW 2010, Himes is promoting free resources to help people protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, understand credit and mortgages, and steer clear of frauds and scams.
National organizers of this year's NCPW include AARP, the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Federation of America, the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the Federal Citizen's Information Center, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, the National Consumers League, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Postal Service.