consumer awareness resources (C.a.r.e.)
The ANA's C.A.R.E. program was established to help make the industry safe for collectors and investors. We achieve this goal by arming both members and non-members with knowledge through our many educational resources, fraud alerts and awareness outreach projects and by serving as an advocate to the public through our loss alert/reward program, mediation services and partnerships with local, national and federal law enforcement agencies.
An educated numismatic community is the best defense against fraud; we encourage everyone who loves the hobby to take
the time to increase their awareness.
Current Feature: ANCIENT COIN IMPORT RESTRICTIONS
Since 2007, the ANA has been involved with the global issue of cultural property, specifically with regard to numismatic artifacts. The hobby community’s interest in this topic began in 1983 when, in response to unlawful looting of archaeological sites abroad, the United States Senate passed the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA). This legislation supports the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the “Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.” The concept behind the UNESCO Convention was to create a framework for governments to enter into agreements to enforce each other's export-control laws on archaeological and ethnological objects.
With some reservations, the Senate agreed to the convention with the intention of preserving the “independent judgment” of the United States as to when and how it would impose import restrictions on cultural artifacts when requested by governments that are in agreement with the Convention. The CPIA set up a panel of experts, the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC), to assist the U.S. president in this decision-making process. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs was put in charge of the program, while U.S. Customs and Border Protection was tasked with implementing import restrictions.
All links are to external resources and websites, they will open in a separate window. Consumer Federation of AmericaIndustry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA)Better Business Bureau OnlineConsumer Sentinel NetworkFederal Trade CommissionFTC - Selling on the Internet: Prompt Delivery RulesNational Association of Attorneys GeneralPNG - Professional Numismatist GuildThe U.S. Postal Inspection ServiceThe United States Bureau of Engraving and PrintingThe United States MintFile an Internet Crime Complaint with IC3Going Shopping? A Guide for E-ConsumersScams and Swindles - An Educational Guide to Avoiding Investment FraudFraud.org