Fairfax County Observes National Consumer Protection Week

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)

Feb. 1, 2007

 Fairfax County Observes National Consumer Protection Week

Feb. 4 through 10 is National Consumer Protection Week, which will highlight consumer protection and education efforts around the country. “Read Up and Reach Out to Be an Informed Consumer” is the theme, and the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection will celebrate with free events that provide valuable information to consumers. 

An information table will be located outside of Suite 127 of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 5-9. Each day, investigators will be reaching out to consumers to test their knowledge and provide information and advice. Consumers can increase their knowledge by spinning the Wheel of Misfortune and get information so they can read about their rights and learn how to avoid fraud and scams in the marketplace.

-Fairfax County Government Channel 16 will broadcast “Brilliant Deceptions,” a “Consumer Focus” program that details a resident’s encounter with diamond fraud and how Consumer Affairs solved the problem. Master gemologist appraiser Martin Fuller will discuss the fundamentals of diamonds. The program airs Feb. 4 at 1 p.m., Feb. 6 at 10:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 and 11 at 3 p.m., and it will be available on Video on Demand at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable.

A 90-minute session on “What You Need to Know Before You Hire a Contractor” will be held on Feb. 6 beginning at noon in Conference Rooms 2/3 of the Government Center. Panelists from Fairfax County and the commonwealth of Virginia will give advice on how to avoid disappointments and protect yourself when hiring a contractor.

A Consumer Affairs investigator also will be available at Access Fairfax in Suite 125 of the South County Government Center on Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A 90-minute hands-on seminar titled “Brilliant Deceptions” will be held on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in Conference Rooms 4/5 of the Government Center. Master gemologist appraiser Martin Fuller will show the audience how to determine if a diamond is a true gem or just a brilliant deception.

In addition to providing consumer education, Consumer Affairs investigates and mediates consumer complaints and tenant-landlord disputes to determine whether consumer protection laws have been violated. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer.


For more news and information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news.

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