For nearly 40 years, the Direct Selling Education Foundation has championed the rights of consumers across the globe through its work with leading consumer advocacy groups, educators and public policy leaders. A key component of the Foundation’s efforts is its annual support of the Federal Trade Commission’s National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), held this year from March 4 to March 10.
NCPW is a coordinated campaign among federal and state government and non-profit partner organizations that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. Each year during NCPW, the FTC and its partners offers a wide range of free events and resources on topics like finances, health, privacy, technology, and much more.
In celebration of NCPW 2012, DSEF created this page to showcase a selection of resources to help you navigate common consumer issues that you face every day. You can find even more valuable tips and information at www.ncpw.gov.
All of us at DSEF hope you’ll take advantage of the wealth of information available on this page, and we encourage you to share these resources with your friends, family and colleagues.
Charles. L. Orr
Direct Selling Education Foundation
Protect Your Small Business from Fraud: Six Scams to Watch
March 13, 2012, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST: In this informative hour, Nancy Laichas, Director of Marketing and Communications for DSEF, and Jennifer Fong, social media strategist to the direct selling industry, will discuss six scams that small businesses should watch out for in order to protect themselves from fraud. They will also highlight resources that are available to consumers and small business owners during National Consumer Protection Week, as well as throughout the year. Click here for call-in details.
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Guard Your Small Business Against Fraud: Recognize Scams
The Direct Selling Education Foundation and the Credit Union National Association created this video to help you learn to recognize specific types of small-business fraud before they take you by surprise.
Below you’ll find links to a variety of free resources offered by the Federal Trade Commission and its partners during National Consumer Protection Week to help you become a better-informed consumer.
Safe Internet Banking
Find out how to make good choices when banking online to help avoid costly surprises or even scams… more.
Protecting Yourself from Overdraft & Bounced Check-Fees
Learn how to avoid costly bank fees in this helpful brochure… more
The Credit Score Quiz
Test your credit scoring knowledge with this simple 20-question quiz… more
Break the Debt Cycle
Learn how to have power over debt with this in-depth presentation… more
Taking on too much credit card debt is a growing problem for consumers, but debt consolidation firms might not be the right solution… more
Are You on Track for Retirement?
Try these tips for a smooth transition… more
Use this guide as a develop a blueprint for day-to-day spending and achieve your financial goals… more
Health Fraud Scams
Learn how identify exaggerated or false product claims in this helpful video… more
Baby Safety Checklist
Follows these do’s and don’ts to make your house safe for your child… more
Protecting Your Child’s Personal Information at School
Make sure your child’s school records are secure to prevent identity theft… more
Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft
Find out how to protect yourself from identity theft—and what to do if you’re a victim… more
Living Life Online
This interactive guide can help your child navigate their world more safely—online and off… more
Admongo: An Ad Game for Kids
Advertising is everywhere and much of it is aimed at children. This online game helps kids understand what ads are really saying… more
Wise Up About Wi-Fi: Tips for Using Public Wireless Networks
Before you head to the corner coffee shop to surf the ‘net while sipping a latte, take a look at these tips… more
Computer, Internet & Technology Tips
The Better Business Bureau offers a wealth of information to use technology safely… more