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                                                               is a long-term project of the National Consumers


                                                                                In 1992, in response to the growth in telemarketing and Internet

                                                                                fraud, NCL launched the National Fraud Information Center. The

                                                                                mission of the NFIC (later renamed the Fraud Center) was to give 

                                                                                consumers the information they need to avoid becoming victims

                                                                                of telemarketing and Internet fraud. In February 2013, the Fraud

                                                                                Center was rebranded and relaunched as is the product of more than two decades of consumer education and advocacy related to Internet

     and telemarketing fraud prevention. More than 100,000 unique visitors come to every month.

    Thousands of consumer complaints are collected by the and shared with our network of more than

    90 law enforcement partners. Through our anti-fraud advocacy, consumer education efforts and direct

    consumer counseling support, NCL’s Fraud Center and have helped millions of consumers protect

    themselves and loved ones against malicious scams.


Established in 1994, LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. LifeSmarts, the ultimate consumer challenge, is an educational opportunity for students in 6th-12th grade. This competition prepares students to enter the real world as smart adult consumers. Participants focus on five key topic areas: consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology.   

Teams of High School students, supported

by adult coaches, represent their states or

national student leadership organizations

to compete for the National LifeSmarts

Championship. Students take individual

assessments, complete team problem-

solving activities such as “Speed Dating the

Experts,” and compete in four quiz bowl matches. Throughout competition students gain points for correctly answering questions about cybersecurity, credit reports, recycling, nutrition, consumer fraud, and much more.


LifeSmarts stays current by expanding its content, competitions, and consumer knowledge. LifeSmarts complements the curriculum already in place in middle- and high schools and can be used as an activity for classes, groups, clubs, and community organizations. LifeSmarts also aligns with national education standards.

Students who participate in the program begin competition online. The highest scoring teams are invited to in-person live state championships. Statewide competitions are locally coordinated by state partnering organizations and agencies. In states without a state coordinator, NCL hosts a virtual state championship. State winners are invited to the National LifeSmarts Championship held in a different city every April.


In 1989, NCL helped launch the Child Labor Coalition (CLC) to stamp out the

worst forms of child labor and to protect teen workers from health and

safety hazards. Today, it is co-chaired by NCL and the American Federation of

Teachers and is staffed by NCL. 

The CLC is a national network for the exchange of information about child labor. It provides a forum and a unified voice on protecting working minors and ending child labor exploitation. The CLC develops informational and educational outreach to the public and private sectors to combat child labor abuses and promote progressive initiatives and legislation.

The Child Labor Coalition believes that no child--regardless of race, sex, nationality, religion, economic status, place of residence, or occupation--should be exploited.


The CLC:

  • testifies before state and federal legislatures and agencies on child labor

  • presents comments in response to regulatory initiatives

  • hosts conferences, forums, briefings, and other public events

  • creates and distributes educational and public awareness materials

  • initiates research

  • conducts campaigns and media events

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Script Your Future, launched in 2011, is a multi-year public awareness campaign about the

importance of medication adherence coordinated and staffed by the National Consumers League.

It is the culmination of years of research, led by NCL, and involvement by more than 100 partnering

organizations, including government agencies.

Script Your Future helps people manage chronic health problems, such as diabetes, COPD, asthma,

high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Having a serious long-term health problem can take away a patient’s chances of a long and full life with their family – if they let it. The Script Your Future campaign is designed to help patients take back their futures by helping them take their medicine as directed.

Script Your Future provides patients, caregivers, and health care professionals with tools to manage medicines

and sample questions to help start important conversations. 

The Script Your Future campaign also includes coordinated national communications, paid advertising and

targeted outreach in six pilot cities across the nation: Birmingham, AL; Cincinnati, OH; Baltimore, MD;

Raleigh-Durham, NC; Sacramento, CA; and Providence, RI.