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

Date: September 6, 2013

Attorney General's Consumer Protection Staff to Visit Magic Valley

(Boise) – Consumer specialists from Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office will be in the Magic Valley the week of September 23 to talk about current scams and consumer fraud prevention.

"We continue to receive reports of fraud ranging from mortgage foreclosure and sweepstake scams to misleading employment ads and e-mail or text messages attempting to obtain consumers' bank account numbers," Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. "The consumer specialists will have information to help people avoid these and other forms of fraud. It is much easier to avoid scams than it is to get your money back."

There will be presentations at the following locations on these dates:

Monday – Sept. 23 Twin Falls

Twin Falls Senior/Community Center
530 Shoshone St
734-5084
12:15 p.m., Luncheon Presentation

Wednesday – Sept. 25 Gooding

Gooding County Senior Center
308 Senior Ave
934-5504
12:15 p.m., Luncheon Presentation

Thursday – Sept. 26 Jerome

Jerome Senior Citizens Center
212 1st Ave E
324-5642
12 Noon, Luncheon Presentation

Attorney General Wasden encourages the public to attend the presentations. Those who would like to purchase luncheon tickets are encouraged to contact their senior center and RSVP as soon as possible.

The Attorney General's Senior Citizens Manual, Identity Theft and Internet Safety publications, ProtecTeens Internet safety DVD and other consumer publications will be available at no cost to those in attendance. Consumer specialists will also answer questions about the resources available to assist consumers and explain how to file a consumer complaint.

The Attorney General enforces Idaho's consumer protection laws, provides information to the public on consumer issues, and offers an informal dispute resolution process for individual consumer complaints. To learn more, visit www.ag.idaho.gov and click on Consumer Protection.

The Attorney General's consumer education program is paid for with money collected from his consumer protection enforcement actions. No tax money is used to pay for these programs.

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