Today’s Bottom Line column:
Have you been duped, scammed or over charged for services? Have you hired no-show contractors or bought food already past its expiration date?
Then let’s celebrate National Consumer Protection Week, when no American should be afraid to admit he or she has been a victim of a consumer injustice, large or small. This is the week consumers are educated, empowered and emboldened.
Nothing, however, instructs quite like the past. And last year, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 2 million consumer complaints, including 369,132 for identity theft and almost 200,000 for debt-collection issues.