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Gloucester County Consumer Protection Joins National Organizations to Sponsor Eighth Annual National Consumer Protection Week

Woodbury: The Gloucester County Office of Consumer Protection has joined a group of federal, state and local government agencies and national consumer advocacy organizations to launch the eighth annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) February 5-11, 2006. This year’s theme is Don’t hit a Grand Scam, Hit a Grand Slam, and information that will be distributed during the week of February 5th will empower consumers by highlighting current consumer protection and education efforts in the fight against fraud in communities across the nation.

According to a survey by the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 25 million Americans – 11.2 percent of the adult population – experience consumer fraud each year. NCPW partner organizations will direct consumers to boost their marketplace savvy at www.consumer.gov/ncpw/, where they can take the Grand Scam Challenge.

“This year’s theme of learning how to recognize and avoid fraud is timely and touches a wide range of consumers. We have had many instances of scams in Gloucester County lately and we are working hard to educate our residents about how they can protect themselves,” said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. “Scam artists are professionals and good at what they do. By educating our residents how to spot a scam before it affects their money and their lives, we are trying to save consumers from some great pain,” said Director Sweeney. “When your money is at stake, you don’t want to get scammed into losing your life savings”.

Freeholder Liaison to the Consumer Protection Office, William Krebs said, “Whether you’re investing in a business opportunity, buying or selling on an internet auction, or looking for a scholarship, a home loan, or a great deal on a dream vacation, it pays to know how to spot a scam.”

Glo Co takes part in National Consumer Protection Week
February 1, 2006

National organizers of this year’s NCPW are the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Citizen’s Information Center (FCIC), the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the Federal Communications Commission, (FCC), the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, (NACAA), the National Association of Attorneys General, (NAAG) and others.

“The Gloucester County Office of Consumer Protection is proud to share the message of this year’s National Consumer Protection Week campaign,” said Freeholder William Krebs. “We will be giving consumers the tools they need distributing information at the County Store on Wednesday, February 8th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.” The Gloucester County Store is located on the 2nd Level of the Deptford Mall next to Strawbridge’s.

If you are unable to stop to see our staff at the mall on February 8th, Freeholder Director Stephen Sweeney noted, “Our consumer staff is always available and you can stop by the county’s Budd Boulevard office or call them at 856-384-6855 and they will be happy to send the consumer awareness information out to you.”