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

Date: September 26, 2011

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Staff to Visit Southeast Idaho Senior Centers

(Boise) – As part of Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office’s ongoing consumer outreach program, consumer specialists will visit Senior Centers in Southeastern Idaho during the week of October 3rd to discuss current scams and to provide Consumer Protection materials geared to seniors.

Wasden encourages the public to attend the luncheon presentations at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, October 4th, 11:15 a.m. - Greater Pocatello Senior Citizens Center – 427 N 6th Street in Pocatello (208-233-1212).
  • Wednesday, October 5th 12:00 noon - Bingham County Senior Citizens Center – 20 E Pacific Street in Blackfoot (208-785-4714).
  • Friday, October 7th 12:00 noon - Power County Senior Citizens Center –180 Idaho Street in American Falls (208-226-2794).

Those wishing to eat lunch at one of the centers, who do not normally do so, should RSVP by calling the center in advance.

“We continue to receive reports of fraud ranging from bank 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 Senior Citizens Manual, Identity Theft and Internet Safety publications, and the 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.  To learn more, visit our Consumer Protection section.

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