Next week is National Consumer Awareness Week, and Michelle Tabler from the Better Business Bureau joined Daybreak to talk about a forum meant to help people avoid getting scammed in 2018.

When asked the purpose of the forum, Michelle stressed it was important towards "Awareness of what's going on in the country and the world right now. How to protect yourself from scams, how to protect yourself from identity theft."

Daybreak also asked her what some of the most important things to keep in mind are when avoiding falling pray to scammers.

"Number one, don't act immediately," Tabler said. "Research everything, whether it's online, whether it's a charity that's popping up because of a tragedy or a disaster. Just make sure you research."

Tabler suggested using the BBB's website to look up businesses and to look up charities -- either way, don't feel pressured to do something immediately.

"Secondly, you want to make sure everything is in writing and that you read the fine print," Tabler said. "That's really important. Don't skip that step. And one thing, the next thing is that i can't believe how many people tell me this: they don't monitor their accounts every month. They just go ahead and pay or they have things on auto pay. Make sure there's no fraudulent purchases on your credit cards, on your bank statements, that these things haven't happened because scammers slip it in there to see if it's a live number."

The Consumer Forum will take place on Tuesday, March 6th at the Regulator Commission of Alaska from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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