Keep Your Money Safe: April is Financial Literacy Month
the ftc will be publishing helpful consumer financial tips all month
who can this information help?
April is Financial Literacy Month, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, has information to help you make the most of your money no matter who you are – student, young adult, parent, service member on active duty, veteran or grandparent.
"If you want to learn about everyday financial issues, like saving and shopping, credit and debt, buying a home or car, or looking for a job or paying for school, the FTC has information for you," said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "Financial Literacy Month is an ideal time to learn – or teach others – the importance of consumers' rights, and how to file a complaint if something goes wrong."
Complaints matter at the FTC. If a business doesn't deliver on its promises, if someone cheats you out of your money, or if you've spotted a scam, tell the FTC. Consumer complaints help drive the agency's investigations. The FTC's aggressive law enforcement efforts stop fraudulent and deceptive business practices, and its consumer education campaigns empower people to make well-informed buying decisions and recognize frauds and scams.
All of the FTC's materials are available in the public domain. Visit FTC.gov/MoneyMatters for informative articles, videos and blog posts about financial topics that you can share with your community.
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