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The FTC's monthly newsletter for the Congressional community
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Volume 2 – Number 9
IN THIS ISSUE
…As of September 25, 2003, DO NOT CALL registrations exceed 50.6 million telephone numbers…
BORDERING ON FRAUD. FTC settles with cross-border con artists, recovering nearly $1.9 million for consumer redress. Press release: www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/09/naggsherif.shtm
I HAD NO IDea. FTC releases Identity Theft survey finding 27.3 million victims in the past 5 years. Press release and report: www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/09/idtheft.shtm
A TOAST TO SELF-REGULATION. FTC report cites improvement in alcohol industry self-regulation. Press release and report: www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/09/alcohol.shtm
ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY. FTC issues second Project Scofflaw report - details $15 million in restitution and $39 million in redress ordered in 2002. Press release and report: www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/08/scofflaw.shtm
MARKETING VIOLENT ENTERTAINMENT. On October 29, FTC will host a workshop on the marketing of violent entertainment to children and industry self-regulation. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the FTC Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC. For more information: www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/09/violence.shtm
HEALTH CARE. The FTC and Department of Justice are holding the final sessions of their joint hearings on health care and competition law. The day-long hearings will be held from September 30 - October 1 in the FTC Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC. For more information: www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/09/030916hcpress.
FAKE CREDIT REPORTS: CASHING IN ON YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. Consumers should be cautious when visiting web sites - or responding to email - that offer credit reports. www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt130.shtm
"66 Ways to Save Money," published by the Consumer Literacy Consortium, contains money-saving tips on 28 different product categories, including transportation, banking/credit, insurance, utilities, and housing. To get a copy, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:Save MoneyConsumer Federation of America1424 16th Street, NW Suite 604Washington, DC 20036or visit: www.66waystosavemoney.org
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