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The Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a half-day event today in Durham, North Carolina, to discuss consumer protection in immigrant communities in North Carolina.

Panel discussions will address the impact of immigration services fraud, such as scammers who claim to be affiliated with government immigration agencies, pose as immigration lawyers, or pretend to provide legitimate immigration-related service. They will also address anti-fraud resources and tactics, and how to help consumers avoid deceptive marketing practices targeted at immigrants.

The event will include participants from the FTC, USCIS, U. S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, North Carolina Department of Justice, American Immigration Lawyers Association, North Carolina Justice Center, Center for Responsible Lending, and the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina.

The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the USCIS Raleigh Durham Field Office, 301 Roycroft Drive, Durham, North Carolina.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics. Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

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