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Energy and Commerce Committee Announces Hearing on Fighting Scams and Fraud During the Pandemic

Jan 28, 2021
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced today that the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee will hold a fully remote hearing on Thursday, February 4, at 12 p.m. (EST) entitled “Safeguarding American Consumers: Fighting Scams and Fraud During the Pandemic.”

“We are deeply concerned by growing reports of fraudsters and scammers targeting American consumers, increasingly using fears about COVID-19 and related financial struggles as a hook for cheating people out of their hard-earned money. These bad actors prey on the vulnerable and take advantage of the generous. Stopping scammers and returning money to victims is a core part of the Federal Trade Commission’s mission that must be preserved and strengthened — during the pandemic and beyond,” said Pallone and Schakowsky. “We look forward to hearing from expert witnesses about what must be done to meaningfully combat scammers and protect consumers.”

This hearing will take place remotely via Cisco Webex video conferencing. Members of the public may view the hearing via live webcast accessible on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website. Please note the webcast will not be available until the hearing begins.

Additional information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum, testimony, and the live webcast will be posted HERE as they become available.