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    The Internet and Consumer Protection

    Ms. Bernstein moderated a roundtable discussion about the upcoming Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hearings on consumer protection, internet, and globalization. The panelists discussed what…

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    Identity Theft Victim Assistance Workshop, Part 1

    Federal Trade Commission officials talked about identity theft and a panel of victims described their experiences in trying to clear their credit records.

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    Violent Entertainment and Children

    Ms. Bernstein talked about the Federal Trade Commission report on violent entertainment in movies, television, video games, its impact on children. She responded to audience telephone…

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    Identity Theft

    Witnesses testified about the effectiveness and implementation of laws protecting the public from the theft of personal information, such as a Social Security number, credit card number or…

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    Office Supply Scams

    Witnesses testified about telemarketing office-supply scams on small businesses. The scams involved selling low-quality office supplies, such as printer toner, at grossly inflated prices to…

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    Identity Theft

    Ms. Bernstein talked about identity theft. She spoke about its recent rise and accessibility to criminals. Many types were mentioned such as having credit cards stolen, as well as having…

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    Online Auction Fraud

    Participants spoke to reporters about efforts to curb Internet auction fraud. Their plan included increased training for law enforcement officers and webmasters, as well as plans to educate…

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    E-Commerce Fraud

    Witnesses testified about the practice of “Internet cramming,” in which companies offer low-cost web sites to small businesses through deceptive sales schemes which often misrepresent the…

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    On-Line Pharmacies

    Committee members heard testimony about the benefits and risks of purchasing medications over the Internet. Witnesses testified that these sites will make it much easier to procure…

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    Year 2000 Information Line

    Mr. Koskinen talked about additional important initiatives to stamp out the millenium bug. He mentioned that the Social Security Administration is certified as compliant. The Unemployment Insurance…

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    Deceptive Charitable Fund Raising

    The participants discussed fraudulent fundraising agencies and how to make the public aware and cautious of were they donate their money. They suggested that people call the charity, ask for…

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    Fraudulent Entertainment Investments

    Ms. Crawford and Mr. Walker warned consumers about scams which offer investments in the motion picture industry or other entertainment media. Mr. Hammond and Mr. Cooke then spoke about…

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    Medicare HMOs Survey

    Consumer Reports previewed their publication of a study of 200 Medicare health maintenance organization plans and 1,200 supplemental coverage plans from around the U.S.

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    New Car Leasing Rules

    Federal Reserve Board and Federal Trade Commission officials announced changes in car-leasing contracts. The rules would ensure clearer information on total charges for the vehicle, the…

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    Weight Loss Products and Programs

    The panelists discussed consumer issues, the effects of weight loss programs, and how consumers could be better informed about such programs.

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    Fraudulent Marketing Practices

    The Federal Trade Commission announced the investigation of businesses that sell products that are licensed by major corporations. Jodie Bernstein outlined the investigation, its objectives…

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    Tobacco Advertising

    Federal Trade Commission officials announced that the agency is charging R.J. Reynolds with unfair advertising, claiming that its Joe Camel campaign targets children. The agency issued an…

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    Electronic Price Scanners

    Federal agencies released a report on the accuracy of electronic price scanners used in a variety of retail establishments. They focused on whether retailers are intentionally…

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    Fraudulent Credit Repair Services

    Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general representatives briefed reporters on a new initiative to protect consumers from fraudulent credit repair services which convince consumers…

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    Telemarketing Fraud

    The Federal Trade Commission talked to reporters about new regulations to combat telemarketing fraud. They would help prevent fraud by several actions, including making it easier to…

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