The Informed Consumer

The Consumer Affairs Branch publishes our quarterly newsletter, The Informed Consumer, to keep the consumer abreast of current consumer issues and concerns. The newsletter also includes articles of special interest to members and leaders of the common interest communities.

To receive future issues of The Informed Consumer delivered to your email inbox, email:, call 703-222-8435, or visit this Fairfax County government webpage to maintain your subscription.

Summer 2017

  • Tips for Hiring a Contractor
  • Grandkid Scam
  • Your Community, You’re Connected 2017 Virginia Common Interest Community Legislative Review
  • Archived You Community, You're Connected Programs Available
  • Virginia Common Interest Community Ombudsman Determinations
  • Virginia Property Owner' Association Disclosure Packet Notice-Revised
  • Looking for Homeowner and Condominium Resources?

Archived Issues

Note: information was accurate at the time of publication. Some links may no longer work. The most timely information is available via our website

Winter 2017

  • Protecting Yourself During Tax Season
  • 2017 General Assembly Session
  • Your Community, You’re Connected – Assessments, Penalties, and Collections
  • Archived Your Community, You’re Connected Programs Available
  • Educational Opportunity:  2017 WMCCAI Conference and Expo – Saturday, February 25, 2017
  • WMCCAI Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors Living In Common Interest Communities
  • Looking for Homeowner and Condominium Resources?

Fall 2016

  • IRS Scam Against Seniors
  • “Blank deposit slip” Scam is a New Twist on an Old Fraud
  • Your Community, You’re Connected – Conflicts of Interest
  • Archived Your Community, You’re Connected Programs Available
  • 2016 Virginia Legislative Forum:  Tough Issues for Community Associations
  • Looking for Homeowner and Condominium Resources?

Spring 2016

  • Door-to-Door Solicitors
  • Rental Listing Scams
  • Do Your Part from the Start!—Prevent and Protect Against Mosquitoes
  • Your Community, You’re Connected
  • Help Make Your Community Better

Winter 2016

  • National Consumer Protection Week
  • Your Community, You're Connected
  • Minimizing Meeting Mayhem
  • 2016 Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Leaders Conference
  • 2016 Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute Annual Conference and Expo

Fall 2015

  • Avoid Charity Scams this Holiday Season
  • Shopping for Gift Cards
  • Online Shopping Tips for the Holiday Season
  • Your Community, You're Connected

Summer 2015

  • Fairfax County Consumer Protection Ordinance
  • FTC Scam Alert:  Is that Work-At-Home Job Going to Pay?
  • Fairfax County Noise Ordinance Amendment
  • Your Community, Your Call Launched a New Name and New Ways to Engage

Winter 2015 (PDF)

  • Tax ID Theft Tops FTC Complaints in 2014
  • National Consumer Protection Week 2015
  • Your Community, Your Call Launches a New Name and Look 

Fall 2014 (PDF)

  • Your Acess to Free Credit Reports
  • HOA & Civic Association News and Updates

Summer 2014 (PDF)

  • Cell Phone "Credit Muling"
  • HOA & Civic Association News and Updates

Winter 2014 (PDF)

  • NCPW 2014 March 2-8
  • HOA & Civic Association News and Updates

Fall 2013 (PDF)

  • FBI Alert: Reverse Mortgage Scams
  • Telemarketing Fraud Tips from
  • Energy Action Fairfax—Step Up to Savings FREE Association Presentation

Spring 2013 (PDF)

  • Know Before You Owe: Paying for College
  • Protect Yourself from Medical Identity Theft
  • 10 Ways to Avoid Fraud

Winter 2013 (PDF)

  • National Consumer Protection Week 2013
  • 5 Steps for New Association Board Members
  • 2013 WMCCAI Expo



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