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BBB and AGO Celebrate Consumer Protection Week
March 03, 2014

Better Business Bureau and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are partnering up for National Consumer Protection Week, March 2-8. Both agencies are committed to providing tools to protect against scams and make better purchasing decisions.

“National Consumer Protection Week is a coordinated campaign where consumers can take advantage of useful information to help them make better-informed decisions,” says Tyler Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “We’re a proud partner of National Consumer Protection Week and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. We encourage everyone to use our resources to combat scams.”

“You are your own best shield against identity thieves and online threats,” says Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “I am proud to partner with Better Business Bureau during National Consumer Protection Week. This is an ideal time to ensure you know how to sniff out scams and make smart buying decisions.”

BBB and the AG will be posting daily tips throughout the week on their websites and social media pages. Together, the two aim to address growing problems surrounding technology, identity theft, health and safety as well as other consumer-related issues.

To get involved in National Consumer Protection Week checkout ncpw.org, visit BBB’s Facebook page and follow the AGO on Twitter.

General tips to avoid scams:

  • Make sure they’re legitimate; research businesses or organizations before spending money.
  • 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 all physical copies of important documents when they are no longer needed.
  • Trust instincts; if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is one of 113 in North America and the largest BBB by geographical service area. BBB is a neutral not-for-profit public reporting agency committed to trust in the marketplace. For more information on ethical business standards and BBB Accreditation, or to access free BBB Business Reviews, Charity Reviews, scam alerts or find local event information, contact BBB or visit bbb.org.