March 4, 2016
New partnership to highlight statewide consumer protection efforts
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is partnering with federal and Washington state agencies to support National Consumer Protection Week, March 6-12. The annual campaign encourages consumers to know and understand their rights and responsibilities in order to make better-informed decisions.
Kreidler's office, the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Attorney General’s Office, Department of Financial Institutions, Secretary of State, Department of Labor & Industries and the Utilities and Transportation Commission have joined to create Consumer Protection Washington, an advocacy group focused on keeping consumers safe by identifying and educating common issues including identity theft, fraud, online safety, credit and debt collection rights, charity scams and safety in the home and elsewhere.
Each agency will promote consumer protection tips on social media throughout the week. The OIC will also post information for consumers on its blog.
To avoid falling prey to scammers, it is important to remember the following:
- Do not give Social Security, financial or other personal information to strangers who make contact by phone, internet or mail.
- Keep antivirus software up to date and be careful when surfing the Internet.
- Shred financial, tax, medical, insurance and other confidential records when no longer needed. BBB is hosting Secure your ID Day in DuPont April 16. Visit Council of Better Business Bureau to find an event in your area.
- Trust your instincts. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
To learn more about National Consumer Protection Week, visit ncpw.gov.
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