National Consumer Protection Week March 1-7


Feb. 24, 2009
OPA 048/09

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  • Free consumer education events scheduled throughout Fairfax County, March 1-7.

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March 1-7 is National Consumer Protection Week. The Consumer Affairs Branch of the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection is offering free events  highlighting the theme, “Nuts & Bolts:  Tools for Today’s Economy.”  Information, education and tools will be offered to help consumers make sound decisions when managing and spending money, selecting a loan, choosing a contractor and dealing with foreclosure in uncertain economic times.

Activities during the week include:

  • Fairfax County Government Channel 16 broadcasts “Consumer Focus: Tools to Avoid Debt Traps” on March 1 (1 p.m.), March 3 (10 p.m.), March 4 (6 p.m.) and March 6 and 7 (3 p.m.). Guests will discuss the high price of short-term loans that offer quick cash, but in reality trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.  Find out about a consumer’s experience, and get tools and resources that offer alternatives to loans that charge triple-digit annual interest rates. This program also can be seen online at the above days and times with live video streaming or anytime with Channel 16 video on demand.  

  • Tools and Resource Booth, March 2-6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center, outside of Suite 127, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Consumer affairs investigators will be available at a tools and resource booth to provide brochures, tip sheets and information to help consumers make wise purchasing decisions.

  • “Tools to Stop or Avoid Foreclosure” on March 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Conference Rooms 4/5, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Information for renters and homeowners and tips to help consumers recognize and avoid foreclosure rescue scams. There will be a panel discussion with representatives from theConsumer Affairs Branch of the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection, Homeownership Division of the Department of Housing and Community Development and Legal Services of Northern Virginia.  After the discussion, homeowners can set up an appointment to meet with a certified foreclosure prevention specialist.

  • Meet with Investigators on March 4 – two locations, Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Access Fairfax, Suite125, South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Consumer Affairs investigators will be available for advice, information, brochures, tips sheets and other tools consumers need to make informed decisions.

  • “Tools to Select a Contractor” on March 4, 1-2 p.m., Conference Rooms 221A and 221B at the South County Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Tips will be provided on how to choose a licensed contractor and to avoid home repair or home improvement scams.   

  • “Tools to Avoid Debt Traps” on March 5, noon-1 p.m., Conference Rooms 4/5, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.  Information about payday loans, car title loans, and tax refund anticipation loans to help consumers understand the impact of triple-digit annual interest rates, how consumers get hooked and how to avoid the debt trap. 

In addition to providing consumer education, Fairfax County Consumer Affairsinvestigates and mediates consumer complaints, tenant-landlord disputes and provides information to property and condominium unit owners associations in the county.

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