WASHINGTON (3/5/13)--The National Credit Union Administration is making use of the declaration of this week as National Consumer Protection Week to highlight the many resources its provides consumers--especially on its two consumer-oriented websites, MyCreditUnion.gov and Pocket Cents.
These sites include tips to help consumers avoid financial scams and protect their financial well-being, the NCUA noted in a release. "Being well-informed is the best way for consumers to protect themselves," NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said. She noted that both sites "provide easy-to-understand advice so that consumers can make better decisions for their lifestyles and goals."
"Consumers should take full advantage of these valuable online resources not just during National Consumer Protection Week, but every week during the year," she added. The NCUA chairman also emphasized the importance of consumer empowerment through knowledge of consumer protection laws and access to financial literacy resources.
President Barack Obama proclaimed March 3-9 as National Consumer Protection Week and in a March 1 proclamation called on "government officials, industry leaders, and advocates across the nation to share information about consumer protection and provide our citizens with information about their rights as consumers."
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is also participating in the week by posting a series of consumer advice blogs. Holly Petraeus, CFPB assistant director for servicemember affairs, penned the first of these blogs Monday. She provides servicemembers and others with tips on how best to avoid buyer's remorse when making online purchases.
The Federal Citizen Information Center of the U.S. General Services Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have scheduled an online consumer protection week event: On Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. (ET), Twitter users will be able to have their questions about debt collection, identity theft and online security answered by experts. To take part, Twitter users can direct their questions to @USA.gov and use the hashtag #NCPW.
Credit unions, libraries, schools, colleges, city halls, and senior centers across the U.S. are also participating in the consumer protection week. Check out ncpw.gov for more information, and use the resource link to visit CUNA's aSmarterChoice.org, a consumer website launched a year ago to help consumers find a credit union they can join.
For more information, use the resource links.