National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) highlights consumer protection and education efforts around the country. NCPW 2008's organizers encourage people from coast to coast to master the financial facts of life. Itís a sound investment: Financially savvy consumers are likely to make smarter decisions about managing their money, using credit wisely, and building a solid financial foundation for later.
Every day, consumers conduct some type of financial transaction requiring an educated decision: shopping for a mortgage or auto loan; understanding and reconciling credit card statements and utility bills; choosing savings and retirement plans; comparing health insurance policies; understanding their credit report and how it affects their ability to get credit and on what terms; simply deciding how to pay for a purchase. Education is the first line of defense for consumers to manage their money wisely and protect themselves against frauds or rip-offs.
Florida Consumer E-Newsletter
The Division of Consumer Services has created a monthly electronic newsletter for Florida consumers. Within our newsletters you will find on important consumer related issues. You can also subscribe online and our newsletter will come to you directly every month, via email.
Our publications page will link you to the latest consumer publications available from the Division of Consumer Services.
The links below are for your information only. The goal of the Division of Consumer Services is to provide additional information to consumers. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services does not review or confirm these sites for accuracy.
Better Business Bureaus (BBBs) are nonprofit organizations supported primarily by local business members. The focus of BBB activities is to promote an ethical marketplace by encouraging honest advertising and selling practices, and by providing alternative dispute resolution.
Consumer Literacy Consortium
66 Ways to Save Money was developed by a working group of representatives from government agencies, consumer groups, business organizations, and educational institutions that sought to develop and publicize money-saving tips. The initiative was managed by the non-profit Consumer Federation of America (CFA).
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Onguardonline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Financial Literacy Resource Directory
This directory provides descriptions and contact information for a sampling of organizations that have undertaken financial literacy initiatives as a primary mission. For additional information, you can reach one of OCC's Customer Assistance Specialists by calling 1-800-613-6743.
United States Postal Inspection Service USPIS)
Links to all of USPIS' consumer publications.