Release Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 3 p.m.
The Virginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Consumer Affairs Program has joined a group of federal, state, and local government agencies and national consumer advocacy organizations to launch 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.
“We are proud to be part of this year’s National Consumer Protection Week campaign,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney, Harvey L. Bryant. “In times like these, information is one commodity that retains its value. We invite everyone to visit our website and call Consumer Affairs for the tools they can use to make smart choices in the marketplace.”
Scam artists follow the headlines and are likely to use the economic downturn to take advantage of consumers who may be having financial difficulty. The Consumer Affairs Program has information on a wide range of consumer topics. They can provide information on such topics as how to get a free credit report, how to spot a telemarketing scam, or how to deter and detect identity theft. They can also investigate and mediate consumer complaints.
“Having local participation in National Consumer Protection Week is another example of how much bang for the buck Virginia Beach citizens get from their Consumer Affairs Program,” Bryant said.
The Consumer Affairs Program and the United States Postal Service and Postal Inspection Service will have displays set up during the week at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., the Virginia Beach Main Post Office located at 501 Viking Drive, and at the Princess Anne Station Post Office, 2509 George Mason Drive.
For additional information, call the Consumer Affairs Program at 385-5836.