As part of the 15th Annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), the BBB of is offering consumers seven helpful tips, one for each day of the week. To receive a BBB tip-a-day on the latest consumer topics during National Consumer Protection Week (March 3 - 9), sign up here: https://cbbb.wufoo.com/forms/email-sign-up/
NCPW is the time of year when government agencies and nonprofit organizations across the country work together to offer consumers a wealth of helpful tips and information. The BBB is encouraging everyone to be aware of their rights as consumers and to strive to make better-informed purchasing decisions.
"National Consumer Protection Week is always a great time for people to take stock of their habits and things they could do better in terms of managing their money and protecting themselves from fraud," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. "Everyone is a potential target for scams and this is a great way to remind consumers that they can certainly take action to reduce their risk of becoming a victim."
In conjunction with the BBB, Valley News Live (KVLY-TV) in Fargo, North Dakota will be hosting an all-day Scamathon on Wednesday, March 6, featuring interviews with the BBB during their newscasts and a phone bank, where BBB staff will be available to answer questions throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Consumers can call 800-646-6222 with their questions. Trained BBB Resource Specialists are available at that number throughout the year Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions and inquiries from the public and the business community. Free Business Reviews are also available 24 hours a day at bbb.org
NCPW.gov 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 fraud and scams. People can also visit www.bbb.org/us/Dispute-Resolution-Services/Identity-Theft-Resources
for more tips on how they can become wiser consumers.