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Federal, State and Local Agencies to Participate in the 2012 Consumer Education Resource Fair in Los Angeles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES – United States Attorney André Birotte Jr., District Director Phyllis Coven for the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Director Brian J. Stiger of the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, Executive Director Saundra Bryant of All Peoples Community Center, and Brigadier General Sylvia Crockett of the California National Guard will deliver remarks at the 2012 Consumer Education Resource Fair in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

The Consumer Education and Resource Fair is an interactive event for community and military servicemembers that will provide assistance in recognizing, preventing and resolving common scams and issues affecting them, their families, and their communities.  The Fair will feature a panel of consumer protection experts, consumer information tables, and complaint counseling, assessment and intake from various consumer protection agencies.  The Fair’s main objectives are to educate consumers and servicemembers to make smart consumer decisions in today’s marketplace, learn about common scams and how to avoid them and find out where to get help if they are victims of consumer fraud.

The Fair will be open to the public and media. 

WHO:             General Public, USAO, USCIS, FTC, Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, Los Angeles County Department of Veteran Affairs, California National Guard (CANG), All Peoples Community Center, and other federal, state and local agencies.

WHAT:           Consumer Education Resource Fair

WHEN:          Saturday, Sept 22, 2012, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

WHERE:        All Peoples Community Center (APCC)
822 East 20th Street
Los Angeles, CA  90011

This event is a part of the efforts of the Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Working Group (the CPWG).  The CPWG is part of President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force which was established to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.  The CPWG brings together federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, regulators, and other stakeholders to protect consumers from fraud that can devastate victims and cause widespread economic harm.  Consumer fraud comes in many forms and can be found in fraud on our nation’s servicemembers, payday lending, high-pressure telemarketing schemes, internet scams, business opportunity scams, and unscrupulous third party payment processors.  Scam artists often target vulnerable populations such as the unemployed and those already struggling with debt.  Through this partnership, the CPWG is working to strengthen consumer protection efforts, leverage resources, enhance civil and criminal enforcement of consumer fraud and educate the public in an effort to prevent consumers from being victimized.  For more information about the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, visit www.stopfraud.gov.

Release No. 12-127

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