FTC: New Site Offers Info on Credit, Mortgages & More

Cyber ShoppingThe Federal Trade Commission today launched its website and blog for National Consumer Protection Week 2010, which offers guidance on crucial issues regarding credit cards, mortgages, managing debt, avoiding identity theft and keeping clear of scams.
The site – http://consumer.gov/ncpw – commemorates the 12th annual event, the week of March 7-13. This year’s theme, “Dollars & Sense: Rated ‘A’ for All Ages,” stresses the importance of “using good consumer sense at every stage of life – from grade school to retirement,” the FTC said.
For the first time, the site features a blog – http://consumer.gov/ncpw/blog – where visitors can connect directly with National Consumer Protection Week partners, federal agencies and private consumer groups, and share valuable ideas.
The site’s section covering Credit and Debt offers guidance on free credit reports, debt collection consumer rights, as well as information on the Federal Reserve and the Community Reinvestment Act, the legislation created to encourage banks and thrifts to help meet the credit needs of all communities, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.
Organizers of this year’s event include AARP,  the Consumer Federation of America, the Better Business Bureaus, the Federal Citizen Information Center, the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators and the National Consumers League.

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