The Federal Trade Commission is offering new bilingual resources for Hispanic consumers and organizations. Read Up! How to be an Informed Consumer is a 44-page guide that includes information on consumer rights, managing finances, making major purchases, avoiding scams and rip-offs, and being safe and secure online. Read Up and Reach Out: A Guide to Consumer Education and Outreach is a CD that offers tips for organizations on how to incorporate consumer information into existing outreach programs, enlist other organizations as partners in the fight against consumer fraud, and get practical information for free in Spanish and English from the FTC.
The FTC has sent the Read Up and Reach Out kits to almost 900 organizations, including community-based organizations, law enforcement agencies, senior centers, and national Hispanic agencies in an effort to both empower consumers with important consumer information and enlist the help of grass-roots organizations in distributing the information.
Consumers and organizations can preview the publication and the CD at www.ftc.gov/espanol. The materials can be ordered online at www.ftc.gov/order or by telephone from 1-877-FTC-HELP. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them.
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