7. March 2012 04:58
March 4-10 is National Consumer Protection Week. The Federal Trade Commission released their annual list of top consumer complaints. For the twelfth year in a row identity theft has been the number one complaint. Identity theft connected healthcare and children has been on the rise. Another one that is increasing and comes to light this time of year is tax related ID theft. People are filing their taxes and getting letters from the IRS stating they already have a return on file. Getting a letter from the IRS never seems like a good thing. Working through this is a headache but there is special unit at the IRS that can help. To learn more, visit: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/onguard/articles/taxrelatedidtheft.shtml
Being a savvy consumer also includes being aware of the signs of fraud and scams, getting the best deal for your hard earned money, and raising the next generation to do the same. Visit the National Consumer Protection week website for additional tips.