The Federal Trade Commission (aka FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace. They have created PASS IT ON an FTC website containing articles, presentations, video, and activities — with information about scams and pass on some information that could help someone you know. Health, finances, privacy are just some of the issues they focus on. There is a link to the FTC for individuals wanting to report a scam.
Money may not be the root of all evil, but in Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of Americn Capitalism, Kevin Phillips makes a pretty good case that our current financial crisis is rooted in its irresponsible manipulation. This book clearly explains the history and details of the reckless behavior that created instability in global credit markets, which is now taking its toll on the broader economy.