This week is National Consumer Protection Week. Based on the recent statistics published by the FTC on online, digital, and voice scamming, consumers sorely need more help protecting themselves from scams.

The FTC provides great tools to consumers to prevent them from becoming the scam victims. This week, the FTC issued several consumer alerts and tips that are designed to assist consumers with education on the newest scams, how to prevent becoming a victim, and the ability to identify and then report a scam. FTC.gov is an excellent resource for consumers to stay on top of scams, get educated, and share tips with those around them. These tips are available all year long—not just during National Consumer Protection Week.

We continue to hear terrible stories of consumers becoming victims of online scams, and the statistics get worse year after year. Take advantage of the free tools provided by the FTC, become a scam prevention evangelist, and help everyone around you from becoming a victim.

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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on…

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations. She counsels a range of public and private clients from industries such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine and charitable organizations, on state and federal data privacy and security investigations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. Linn is an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity at Brown University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law.  Prior to joining the firm, Linn served as assistant attorney general and deputy chief of the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Rhode Island. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and her B.A., with honors, in American Studies from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read her full rc.com bio here.