Monday, February 1, 1999
Austin- Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today joined with law enforcement agencies and consumer advocates nationwide in celebrating the first annual National Consumer Protection Week. This educational campaign, which takes place February 1-6, is sponsored by the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, the Federal Trade Commission, and other federal, state, and local consumer protection agencies. National Consumer Protection Week is the successor to National Consumers Week, which used to take place in October. It places new emphasis on fraud prevention and consumer protection.
This year's national theme is credit fraud. According the Federal Trade Commission, consumers contact the FTC with more questions and concerns about credit and credit fraud than on any other topic. Credit fraud takes many forms: easy credit offers, credit repair scams, identity theft, advance-fee loans, stolen credit cards, bogus home equity loans, and bogus internet sites designed solely to get your credit card number. Through education and outreach, the participants in National Consumer Protection Week are encouraging all consumers to Know the Rules and Use the Tools to protect themselves against credit fraud.
"Consumers can empower themselves by learning to recognize credit scams and abuses and knowing how to respond," Cornyn said. "That's why the theme of this year's National Consumer Protection Week is 'Know the Rules, Use the Tools."
In addition to credit fraud, Attorney General Cornyn will highlight the following major consumer topics during this week: car repairs, bogus sweepstakes, business opportunity fraud, home repair scams, and identity fraud.
These are tips that consumers can use to protect themselves against a variety of consumer frauds:
For more information about National Consumer Protection Week and credit fraud, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website, www.ftc.gov. For written information on avoiding credit scams, write: Consumer Response Center, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20580.
If you want to file a complaint or report information to the Texas Attorney General regarding credit fraud or any other type of consumer problem, Attorney General Cornyn invites you to visit the nearest Consumer Protection Division office. Regional offices are located in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Lubbock, El Paso, McAllen, and Austin. Complaint and reports may also be filed through the Division's website and toll free number
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