La. Attorney General's Office Joins Broad coalition to sponsor National Consumer Protection Week

(Baton Rouge, LA)---The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has joined a group of federal, state, and local government agencies and national consumer organizations launching the 11th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 1-7. NCPW 2009 – Nuts and Bolts: Tools for Today’s Economy – highlights consumer education efforts across the nation. Information can help people get the most for their money, whether they are trying to stretch their paychecks, find a quick fix for a spotty credit history, or tell the difference between a real deal and a potentially fraudulent product or service.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, scam artists and fraudsters follow the headlines, and are likely to be using the economic downturn to take advantage of consumers who may be underwater financially. The NCPW website has tools people can use to recognize a ripoff, sniff out a scam, and make smart choices for today’s market.

“The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office is proud to be part of this year’s National Consumer Protection Week campaign,” said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. “In times like these, information is one commodity that retains its value. We invite everyone to visit www.consumer.gov/ncpw for the tools they can use to make smart choices in the marketplace.”

Partner organizations have tips on a wide range of topics, from how to get a free credit report to how to spot a telemarketing scam, from how to deal with debt to how to deter and detect identity theft, from how to avoid home and auto repair scams to how to file a consumer complaint with the appropriate authorities.

To commemorate National Consumer Protection Week, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office will host its sixth annual Consumer Protection Workshop for consumer advocates across the state on Thursday, March 5 at the Livingston Building in Baton Rouge. Consumer advocates will hear presentations on fake check and credit card scams, investment schemes, foreign lotteries and mail fraud. Presenters for the meeting are from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section, U.S. Secret Service, Office of Financial Institutions-Securities Commission, and the Louisiana Department of Insurance. These advocates will also discuss ways our agencies can work together to decrease fraud in Louisiana.

National organizers of this year’s NCPW include AARP, the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Federation of America, the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the Federal Citizen’s Information Center, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, the National Consumers League, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Postal Service.

For more information about NCPW, visit www.consumer.gov/ncpw.

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