Proclamation: NCPW 2008

Whereas National Consumer Protection Week was established in 1998 by representatives of federal, state, and local governments as well as national advocacy groups as a means to highlight consumer protection,

Whereas the Postmaster General established the office of the Consumer Advocate in 1971 to ensure that the inter­ests of consumers would serve to guide the development, progress, and actions of the United States Postal Service,

Whereas Postal Inspectors have safeguarded the sanc­tity of the U.S. Mail and protected Postal Service customers for 179 years, combating crimes such as robberies, mail theft, and fraud,

Whereas consumer fraud is detrimental to the economic interests of the nation and the well-being of its citizens,

Whereas fraud is destructive not only to individuals but to families, threatening their livelihoods, endangering their retirements, and attacking their household security,

Whereas fraud of all kinds frequently depends for its success upon the compliance and participation of its victims,

Whereas by its very nature fraud can be reduced and often eliminated by consumers who are educated and use common sense,

Whereas the national theme for this year is “Financial Literacy — A Sound Investment,”

Whereas the focus of our efforts is on fake check schemes,

And, whereas the (name of local city, municipality, etc.) is home to (more than X thousand) men, women, and chil­dren who depend on an open, honest, safe, and secure marketplace to conduct commerce and earn a living,

Resolved, that (local community or organization)

(1) Supports National Consumer Protection Week

(2) Joins with the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Inspection Service to educate consumers on how to recognize and avoid work-at-home scams

(3) And, declares (day of event) as Consumer Aware­ness Day