For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: November 15, 2010

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Staff to Visit Emmett

(Boise) – Consumer specialists from Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office will be in Emmett to talk about current scams and strategies for avoiding fraud. Wasden encourages the public to attend the luncheon session at Gem County Seniors, Inc., 719 S. Johns Avenue at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Lunch is available for $4.00 (60 and over) or $5.00 (under 60). Please RSVP by November 23 by calling 208-365-4343 if you plan on having lunch.

“We continue to receive reports of fraud ranging from debt management and mortgage scams, to misleading job offers and ads and attempts to use e-mail or text messages to obtain consumers’ bank account numbers,” Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. “Our consumer specialists will have information to help people avoid these and other scams. It is much easier to avoid these scams than it is to get your money back.”

The Attorney General’s pamphlet, Foreclosure Prevention and Foreclosure Scams: How to Tell the Difference, and the recently updated ProtecTeens Internet safety DVD, along with a variety of other consumer pamphlets, will be available at no cost to those in attendance. Consumer specialists will also answer questions about the office’s consumer resources, including how to file a consumer complaint.

The Attorney General’s consumer education program is paid for with money collected from the office’s consumer protection enforcement actions. No tax money is used to pay for consumer education.

The Consumer Protection Division enforces Idaho’s consumer protection laws, provides information to the public on consumer issues, and offers an informal mediation process for individual consumer complaints. Click here to learn more.

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