Every July, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Defense, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Military Saves, and other consumer advocacy and military support organizations join for Military Consumer Protection Month in an effort to provide military consumers with resources about managing their money. 2020 has presented brand new challenges and this year, Lone Star Legal Aid joins Military Consumer Protection Month by focusing on consumer issues related to COVID-19.

Con artists, scammers, and imposters all pay attention to current events to best plan their next bank deposit. Scammers are ready to exploit people’s concerns about the virus. As of June 30, consumers have submitted more than 115,000 reports of fraud related to COVID-19, resulting in reported losses of more than $74 million, according to the FTC.

This month, Lone Star Legal Aid will engage with its military and veteran communities via virtual outreach and story sharing. Subscribe to our blog at http://www.lonestarlegal.org and receive email updates, connect with us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LoneStarLegalAid), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lonestarlegalaid/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LStarLegal), and share our posts, videos, and tips. There, you’ll be able to join one of our live information sessions to spread the word. Tune-in on July 24, 2020, at 3 PM on Facebook Live, to catch our Military Veterans Unit.

To learn more about Military Consumer Protection Month, visit http://www.MilitaryConsumer.gov.

Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations. Lone Star Legal Aid serves millions of people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines that reside in 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and 4 counties of southwest Arkansas. Lone Star Legal Aid focuses its resources on maintaining, enhancing, and protecting income and economic stability; preserving housing; improving outcomes for children; establishing and sustaining family safety and stability, health and well‐being; and assisting populations with special vulnerabilities, like those who have disabilities, or who are elderly, homeless, or have limited English language skills. To learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid, visit our website at http://www.lonestarlegal.org.

Media contact: Clarissa Ayala, cayala@lonestarlegal.org