Consumer Protection Week Activities March 7-13


March 2, 2010
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News Highlights

  • Seminars on energy savings tips; credit reports; hiring home contractors.
  • Consumer information kiosks at several county locations.
  • Consumer Focus: “What’s In Your Credit Report” on Channel 16.

Free events are offered March 7-13 throughout Fairfax County to highlight the National Consumer Protection Week theme, “Dollars & Sense: Rated “A” for All Ages.” Find information on scheduled activities and additional consumer resources at Fairfax County’s Consumer Protection Week 2010. The week’s events are presented by the Consumer Affairs Branch of the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection.

  • Energy Saving Tips for ConsumersMarch 9, noon to 1 p.m., Conference Rooms 2/3, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. A panel discussion featuring: Brian Toll, founder and CEO, EcoBeco; Terry Logee, U.S. Department of Energy Building Development Program; Wil Slaughter, lead investigator, Fairfax County Consumer Affairs. Panelists will provide energy saving information and discuss the home energy audit process. 
  • How to Hire a Home Improvement ContractorMarch 9, 6:45 to 8 p.m., Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. What people should know before hiring a contractor and what to do if the contractor hired does not measure up.
  • What’s in Your Credit Report?March 11, noon to 1 p.m., Room 107, Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Consumer Affairs staff will discuss why everyone wants your credit report, and the Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation will explain how a credit score can cost or save money.  

Note: Register for the three events above by e-mail.

 Consumer Focus: “What’s in Your Credit Report?” — Fairfax County Government Channel 16, March 7 at 1 p.m.; March 9 at 10 p.m.; March 10 at 6 p.m.; March 12 and 13 at 3 p.m. Guests provide details about credit reports, credit scores and the Consumer Affairs’ outreach program. Find out how a consumer identified and tackled the problem of getting incorrect information off their credit report. The program also can be seen online at the above days and times with live video streaming or anytime with video on demand.  

  • Information Kiosks
    •  March 8-12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., outside Suite 127, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Investigators will provide advice and information about using good consumer sense when making spending decisions. The Financial Literacy Network of Northern Virginia will offer a financial assessment test connecting to resources to help improve financial fitness.
    • March 10, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Annandale campus, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Consumer Affairs investigators will be available to answer questions. 
    • March 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Access Fairfax, Suite 125, South County Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Consumer Affairs investigators will be available to answer questions. 

For more information or reasonable ADA accommodations, call 703-222-8435, TTY 711.

The Consumer Affairs Branch of the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection offers consumer education;investigates and mediates consumer complaints, tenant-landlord disputes; and provides information to property owner and condominium unit owners associations in the county. More information is available online.

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