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Resources for National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week is about bringing you, the consumer, the nuts and bolts you need to make decisions in today’s economy. We at AFS want to encourage you to take advantage of the resources available, which represent the best tools that federal, state and local government agencies – and consumer advocacy organizations – have to offer. – This site has official information and services from the U.S. government and contains consumer guides and protection information from travel issues to banking complaints and much more.

Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) – CDIA is an international trade association of credit reporting, mortgage reporting, and collection service companies. It provides information about the Fair Credit Reporting Act and educational material for consumers.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – The FTC publishes consumer brochures and booklets about credit. It also can provide you with instructions for filing complaints. You can find these materials on the FTC Web site, or call (202) FTC-HELP.

Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) – This site lists many publications about credit, including “Consumer Handbook to Credit Protection Laws,” “Credit Matters,” “How to Dispute Credit Report Errors,” and “ID Theft: When Bad Things Happen to Your Good Name.” You can download these publications on the FCIC Web site.

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Published Mar 6, 2009.