(WTVM) - A free mobile app has been released to help Georgia-based military service members, veterans, and their families be more informed consumers and avoid scams and predatory business techniques.
"Unscrupulous businesses consistently use deceptive practices to take advantage of military service members, veterans, and their families," said Attorney General Chris Carr. That is something the Georgia Attorney General's Office will not tolerate. As a proactive measure through our Consumer Protection Unit, we are very pleased to offer the Basic Training app which aims to support Georgia's military community and equip them with the educational tools they need to be safe and smart with their personal information."
Scams and deceptive tactics in consumer transactions can hurt a military member's or veterans' personal finances, damage their credit, threaten their security clearance or prevent them from getting a job.
The Basic Training app guides through key consumer and financial issues including:
- Buying a car
- Creating a budget and saving for a goal
- Recognizing and avoiding scams, fraud and deceptive practices
- Lowering your risk of identity theft and knowing what to do if your identity is stolen
- Understanding credit reports, credit scores and how to use credit cards wisely
- Understanding your protections under the Military Lending Act
- Understanding the true cost of payday loans and title pawns
- Improving your credit and managing debt through reputable sources
- Knowing what debt collectors can and cannot do under the law
The app was created through the efforts of the Georgia Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit and Georgia Watch.
It is now available in the app stores. Click here to download the app directly.