General Consumer Topics

Automobiles

Automobile Repair
Basic tips to remember when having your car or other vehicle serviced.

Guidelines for Motor Vehicle Advertising in Idaho
These Guidelines are intended to assist motor vehicle dealers in properly and truthfully advertising automobiles for sale.

Buying a New Car
Things to think about before you purchase a new car.

Buying a Used Car
General information on what to consider before you purchase a used car.

Idaho's Lemon Law
Information on Idaho's Motor Vehicle Warranties statute commonly known as a "lemon law."

Businesses

Phony Invoices - Learn how to identify a phony invoice, and what to do it you receive one.

Charities

Charities, Nonprofits and Foundations – Information about charity fraud, serving on a nonprofit board and the Attorney General’s authority over exempt organizations.

Credit & Loans

Choosing Your First Credit Card - Helpful information for young adults considering their first credit card.

Credit and Debt - Information about credit offers, credit card fraud, credit reports, debt collection and more.

Credit Counseling Agencies - Find out what you can do if you are having problems with credit counseling agencies and debt negotiators.

Credit Report Freeze FAQ's - Information on how to freeze your credit report to help prevent identity theft.

Home Loans and Foreclosures – Information about shopping for a home loan and avoiding foreclosure.

Identity Theft and Privacy Information – Information about the specific types of identity theft and how you can better protect your and your family’s privacy.

Young Adult Handbook - This manual provides information on scholarships, buying a car, choosing your first credit card, signing your first rental agreement, and many other topics intended for young adults and students.

Estate Planning

Living Trusts - Learn about the purpose, elements, and advantages of a living trust.

Fraud

Idaho Fraud Awareness Coalition - The mission of the Coalition is to teach consumers about the cost of fraud to individuals and families, the consequences and impact of fraud, and how to recognize and report fraud.

Protect Yourself from Consumer Fraud - General rules concerning what to consider before making a major purchase.

Home Improvement

Remodeling Your Home - General information on repairing or remodeling your home.

Choosing a Contractor - Tips on how to select a general contractor.

Residential Construction - A complete  guide to choosing a builder or contractor for your home.

Housing

Home Loans and Foreclosures – Information about shopping for a home loan and avoiding foreclosure.

Tenants, Landlords and Rentals - Information about Idaho’s landlord-tenant laws.

Move-In/Move-out Checklist - A printable check-list of items that should be inspected by renters and their Landlords when moving in and moving out.

Young Adult Handbook - This manual provides information on scholarships, buying a car, choosing your first credit card, signing your first rental agreement, and many other topics intended for young adults and students.

Identity Theft & Privacy

Taking Charge: What to Do If Your Identity Is Stolen – A handbook from the Federal Trade Commission to educate consumers about identity theft and to provide victims with the tools to minimize the damage that identity theft may cause.

Identity Theft and Privacy Information – Information about the specific types of identity theft and how you can better protect your and your family’s privacy.

Internet

Internet Safety Manual - Provides information on Internet safety for children, e-mail scams, spam, on-line shopping dangers, personal privacy, viruses, and much more.

ProtecTeens - Video and resource kit for parents and teachers to educate them on how to keep kids safe online.

Jobs and Making Money

Business Opportunities & Multilevel Marketing – Information about the Business Opportunity Rule, Internet startups, franchises and how multilevel marketing programs differ from pyramid schemes.

Job Hunting & Employment Issues - Job hunting scams and strategies and resources for employees.

Lotteries, Raffles & Sweepstakes – Tips to avoid becoming a victim of a prize promotion scam.

Pyramid & Gifting Schemes – Information to help consumers recognize an illegal pyramid or gifting scheme.

Retail Purchases

Contracts - General information on written and oral contacts.

Protect Yourself from Consumer Fraud - General rules concerning what to consider before making a major purchase.

Hearing Aids - Information about shopping for, purchasing and repairing a hearing aid.

Idaho's Lemon Law - Motor vehicle warranty information.

Negative Option Plans - Information on book, DVD and CD merchandise clubs.

Purchasing Medicines Online - Information about purchasing prescription drugs online or by mail order.

Recalls - Information on consumer recalls.

Travel Scams - Precautions to take to avoid vacation scams.

Unordered Merchandise - Information on receiving merchandise that you did not order.

Young Adult Handbook - This manual provides information on scholarships, buying a car, choosing your first credit card, signing your first rental agreement, and many other topics intended for young adults and students.

Scholarships

Searching for Scholarships - Learn about the free services available to assist you in your search for a scholarship.

Telephone and Mailbox Solicitations

Avoid Telephone Solicitors - Information about the National Do Not Call Registry and how to file a complaint regarding unwanted telemarketing calls.

Mailbox Solicitations - Information on how to remove your name from national mailing lists.

Telephone Solicitation Manual - A guide for consumers receiving telephone solicitations.

Travel

Travel Scams - Precautions to take to avoid vacation scams.