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States Participate in National Consumer Protection Week

State Attorneys General 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 2-8. This year’s theme was “Nuts and Bolts: Tools for Today’s Economy,” which highlighted consumer education efforts to arm consumers in today’s economic environment. Whether consumers are trying to improve their credit history, extend their paychecks or avoid a potential scam, information is a tool that can always help them get the most for their money. During the week, the state Attorneys General took the time to urge consumers to take advantage of information available on their state Web sites and the NCPW Web site, www.consumer.gov/ncpw/. These Web sites have the resources consumers need to make informed decisions on issues that include home foreclosures, investments, credit, and business opportunities.

In anticipation of NCPW, its Steering Committee hosted a Consumer Education Fair for congressional staffers on Feb. 19. Ellen Taverna, NAAG’s Consumer Protection project manager and counsel, joined NCPW organizers at the Capitol Hill event to promote consumer education initiatives on behalf of the state Attorneys General. In addition to the National Association of Attorneys General, NCPW organizers include the Federal Trade Commission, AARP, Council of Better Business Bureaus, Consumer Federation of America, Federal Citizen Information Center, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, National Consumers League, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, United States Postal Inspection Service, and the United States Postal Service.

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