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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 2, 2015

National Consumer Protection Week

CONTACT:       Barbara Burns  
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
 

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York is commemorating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 1-7, 2015. NCPW is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.

“While today may begin National Consumer Protection Week, our focus must be on People Protection, each and every day,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. Financial predators from around the world target not just the most vulnerable, such as seniors, but the trusting and less technically savvy. Fortunately, there are simple strategies which can maximize your safety, and wonderful private and public partners willing to help. Remember, denial need not be an option, and loss of savings or identity need not be the end of the story.”

U.S. Attorney Hochul joined with representatives of the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Better Business Bureau to warn the public of potential scams and offer tips to consumers to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

“Today’s consumer must be vigilant in their fight to protect themselves against fraud. We’re working every day to educate the public about the latest scams and attempts to steal personal identifying information because we know the best defense is a well-informed consumer,” said Warren Clark, president Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York. “BBB is proud to support National Consumer Protection Week. We vow to help the public take full advantage of their consumer rights and offer trusted information so they can make knowledgeable buying decisions.”

If consumers believe they have been the victim of a scam or fraud:

•             File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint.

•             Visit ftc.gov/idtheft for tips on minimizing the risk of identity theft.

•             Contact the Better Business Bureau bbb.org/upstate-new-york/.

Updated March 4, 2015