By Rita R. Robison
This week, March 4 through 10, is National Consumer Protection Week.
Here are some suggestions from consumer groups and government agencies on what consumers can do during this important consumer week to improve enhance their consumer lives.
This is the website for the National Consumer Protection Week organization. For information on how to set up activities in your community, see its Great Outreach Ideas page.
National Association of Attorneys General
Check the Attorney General’s Office website in your state for the resources consumers need to make informed decisions on issues that include home foreclosures, investments, credit, and business opportunities.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Read about the steps the new agency has taken to help protect your financial interests.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The department urges consumers to learn more about their new health insurance rights and the resources offered by the Affordable Care Act.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
The agency encourages consumers nationwide to protect themselves and make better-informed decisions by taking advantage of available resources. Information on credit, debit, and prepaid cards are offered.
The consumer information website urges people to reserve a copy of the great resource, the “Consumer Action Handbook for 2012” or read it online now.
The consumer group offers a Take Action Center, reviews of consumer books, consumer news, and consumer action publications.
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
The agency suggests consumers take a look at its HelpWithMyBank web page for answers and solutions for customers of national banks.
Federal Trade Commission
To learn about identity theft, investment scams, shopping tips, and telemarketing and telephone services, see the FTC’s Consumer Information web page.
You can sign up to get a consumer tip a day from the BBB.
And don't forget to file consumer complaints when you have problems in the marketplace. Filing complaints lets companies and government regulators know when things are going wrong when consumers purchase goods and services.