CONSUMER ADVISORY

      National Consumer Protection Week                                                February 5-11, 2006  

       
By Attorney General Tom Miller

   

Natl. Consumer Protection Week

“Grand Scam Challenge” and other Consumer-education games on-line at

           

   Here’s an idea on how to observe National Consumer Protection Week Feb. 5-11:

 

            Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller invites everyone to take the “Grand Scam Challenge” – a set of on-line consumer-education games and quizzes.

 

            “Just go to ,” Miller said.  “You will find a dozen on-line quizzes and games that give good consumer-education tips on everything from identity theft and scholarship scams to on-line shopping and telemarketing.”

 

            National Consumer Protection Week is organized every year by state and federal agencies and others, including the state attorney generals, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, AARP,  and the BBB.  This year’s theme is “Consumer Protection:  It’s the Name of the Game.”

 

            “These on-line games and quizzes are quick, easy, fun, and educational,” Miller said.  “They are good for students, older Iowans, and everyone in between.”   The “Grand Scam Challenge” games are a great educational tool for teachers to use in classrooms.

 

            Go to and click on “National Consumer Protection Week” for games including “Spot that Scam,” “Discount Dynamo,” “Giveaway Guru,” and “Identity Idol.”  Click on “consumer information” for more quizzes and games.

 

            Miller listed several cardinal rules for smart consumers:

 


·        Be skeptical.  Remember: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true!”

·        Ask questions, shop around, study offers, get information in writing, keep receipts.

·        If you have a problem, raise it with the seller – insist on your rights.

·        If you can’t resolve your problem, contact the Consumer Protection Division.

 

            For more information, or to file a complaint, contact the Consumer Protection Division on-line at www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.org (click on “protecting consumers.”)  Call 515-281-5926, or call toll-free at 1-888-777-4590.  Write to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, 1305 East Walnut St., Des Moines, Iowa 50319.

 

Consumer Protection Division   Hoover Building   Des Moines, Iowa 50319   515/281-5926