Pittsburgh, PA - March 4, 2014 - Your Better Business Bureau is participating in the 16th Annual National Consumer Protection Week along with state and local government agencies, federal agencies and consumer groups to showcase consumer education resources.
Topics of focus during National Consumer Protection Week (March 2 - March 8) include protection against identity theft and scams, shopping safely online, finding fiction in advertisements, maintaining good credit, making wise buying decisions and getting out of debt.
Thousands of consumers turn to BBB’s resources every year for reliable information on businesses and charities. Your BBB is also dedicated to educating consumers about their rights and responsibilities in hopes they will become smarter and savvier customers. Your BBB is participating in several events this week to promote consumer education on several of NCPW’s hot topics:
Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Awareness Fair:
City County Building, Pittsburgh
Wednesday, March 5
10:00am - 2:00pm
Millcreek Mall, Erie
Friday, March 7
10:30am - 3:30pm
2014 Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show:
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
March 7 - 16
“Consumer protection education is promoted every week at the Better Business Bureau,” said Warren King, president of the Better Business Bureau Serving Western PA. “But together with the resources of our state and local governments, we can reach out and inform more people about the importance of making smart marketplace decisions as well as avoiding scams and fraud, which can be financially devastating.”
Visit bbb.org and follow BBB of Western PA on social media to read more helpful consumer protection tips and to share ideas and tips of your own. NCPW.gov also offers consumers a wide selection of free materials to learn how to protect their privacy, stay safe online, manage their money, avoid identity theft, understand mortgages and steer clear of frauds and scams.
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