State To Present National Consumer Protection Week Virtual Forum

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Undersecretary Edward A. Palleschi of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) will host OCABR’s annual National Consumer Protection Week Virtual Forum on Thursday, March 10, at 2 p.m.

This year’s panel will include field experts from the American Association of Retired Persons, Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission and Internal Revenue Service.

Panelists are:

  • Edward A. Palleschi, Undersecretary, OCABR
  • Danielle Bass, Manager of Community Relations, BBB Serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont
  • Nancy B. Cahalen, President, BBB Serving Central and Western Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut
  • Michael E. Festa, State Director, Massachusetts AARP
  • Robin Eichen, Consumer Protection Attorney, FTC
  • Glenn Gizzi, Senior Stakeholder Liaison, IRS

This forum is open to the public and participants will hear from the experts themselves about the most common scams currently targeting consumers such as: COVID-related scams, Social Security scams, phone scams, phishing scams, unemployment benefits scams, and details related to the up-and-coming trend of cryptocurrency scams. In addition, they will learn how to avoid being scammed, what to do if they become a victim of fraud, and ways to prevent identity theft.

To sign up contact Jennifer Hubert, Deputy Director of Communications at, or register online at: