Safe Credit Cards Project

For many Americans, it is impossible to imagine life without a credit card. Compared to cash and checks, credit cards allow consumers to purchase goods and services from around the globe and on the Internet with enhanced buyer protection. With the advantages of their convenience, however, also come hidden risks that have trapped many Americans in a cycle of expensive debt.

The Pew Safe Credit Cards Project is engaged in a multi-faceted strategy that combines raising public awareness, building partnerships with industry and advocating policies that better protect consumers. The initiative will educate the public and policy makers by assessing data on the true cost of credit. Launched in 2007 in partnership with the Sandler Foundation, the Project is working to shape solutions that protect customers from unfair credit card practices and promote responsible management of debt.

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