FTC, Georgia NAACP to Host Free Community “Scam Jam” in Atlanta on May 19

The Federal Trade Commission and the Georgia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host a free, public event in Atlanta on Tues., May 19, 2015 starting at 6:00 p.m. to discuss consumer issues affecting people in Georgia.

Billed as an evening to empower Georgia consumers, the community “Scam Jam” includes information booths with free resources and training to participants on recognizing and avoiding common scams. Topics include consumer privacy, identity theft, debt collection scams, mortgage scams, and much more.

After a brief welcome from the president of the Georgia NAACP, Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson, CBS Radio Atlanta V-103’s anchor Maria Boynton will kick-off the event. Other guest speakers from the FTC, Georgia governor’s office, AARP, and the Jump Start Coalition for Financial Literacy will discuss hot scams, top consumer complaints, identity theft, and credit issues.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. ET, and the agenda is as follows:

6:45 p.m. Welcome Remarks: Dr. Francys Johnson, GA NAACP
6:55 p.m. Introduction to Evening Program, Maria Boynton, CBS Radio
7:05 p.m. Hot Scams and Top Frauds: Cindy Liebes, FTC
7:15 p.m. Top Consumer Complaints: Shawn Conroy, Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection
7:25 p.m. Identity Theft: Charima Young, AARP Georgia
7:35 p.m. Credit and Credit Scams: William Cheeks, Jumpstart
7:45 p.m. Panelist Q&A
8:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

The Scam Jam will be hosted at the Central Presbyterian Church located at 201 Washington Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Please visit the event details page on Georgia’s NAACP website for registration information.

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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