By Jim Donovan: In honor of the first annual National Military Consumer Protection Day, local financial literacy organization Clarifi is partnering with The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center (PVMSEC) to hold an education workshop to help protect military personnel from financial scams.
The workshop, “Scams & Schemes: Dodging Financial Predators” is being held at the PVMSEC office in Old City.
Wednesday, July 17, 10am
The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center
213 – 217 N. 4th St., 4th Fl.
In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) logged more than 62,000 consumer complaints from service members, veterans and their spouses. This led to the creation of Military Consumer Protection Day by agencies that include the FTC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
“The hectic nature of military life—from frequent moves and address changes, to being out of the country for long periods of time—often makes our servicemembers more vulnerable to scams like identity theft,” says Patty Hasson, President and Executive Director of Clarifi. “They protect us, so we should be helping to protect them.”
National Military Consumer Protection Day also goes beyond helping servicemembers with financial scams.
“In a broader sense, the day is also dedicated to helping our servicemembers improve their overall finances, whether it’s reducing debt or building savings,” adds Kathy Salerno, Director of Homeless Services for The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center.
Registration for Clarifi’s workshop is encouraged. To register, please visit clarifi.org or call 800-989-2227. You can also visit military.ncpw.gov for free resources, tip sheets and blog posts from other consumer protection experts for the military community.