Las Vegas, NV - March 01, 2017
are, you have been a target of a scam or know of someone that has been caught
up in a scheme that has resulted in financial loss and stress of being
victimized. There is no shortage of
predators looking to make an easy buck off of unsuspecting consumers. And while some fraud attempts are obvious,
others can be cleverly disguised and can look like legitimate offers.
the time you’ve heard about a particular scam on the news or from a neighbor,
the fraudsters have moved on to a new scheme.
So what can you do to protect yourself against becoming a victim of a
fraud? Where do you turn to get
information about a company’s reputation before you sign a contract for a
product or service? What community resources are available if you need help?
Consumer Protection Week (“NCPW”), March 5-11, was established to help bring
awareness and education to help people understand their rights as a consumer,
how to make well-informed decisions about personal security, what steps you should
take if you come across a scam, and what resources are available in your local
conjunction with NCPW, Nevada Consumer Affairs (“NCA”), a unit of the
Department of Business and Industry, is hosting a FREE Consumer Fraud
Prevention Fair on Friday, March 10 at the Las Vegas Clark County Library, 1401
E. Flamingo Road from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
resource expo will be open throughout the day with participation from more than
20 government agencies and nonprofit organizations including, but not limited
to: AARP Nevada, Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, Las Vegas
Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Contractor’s Board, Nevada Legal
Services, and Ombudsman for Consumer Affairs for Minorities.
fraud prevention panel discussions are scheduled for 11:15 am and 1:00 pm. The morning panel features representatives
from Nevada Consumer Affairs, AARP Nevada and the Department of Motor
Vehicles. Wes Duncan, First Assistant
Attorney General, will provide opening the remarks. The afternoon panel
features representatives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,
Orbis Solutions and the Federal Trade Commission.
catered brown bag lunch and refreshments will be provided courtesy of AARP
Nevada and The Vegas Voice.
About Nevada Consumer Affairs
consumer complaints pertaining to deceptive and fraudulent business
practices. Consumers that live in or visit Nevada can contact Nevada
Consumer Affairs for assistance in resolving issues of fraud or deceptive trade
practices involving Nevada-based businesses. Areas that NCA can investigate
include, but are not limited to: pyramid promotional schemes, sales promotions,
telecommunications services and door-to-door sales. The office will also
provide referrals for issues that fall within the jurisdiction of another
agency or organization.
In 2016, NCA assisted
consumers, with the top category of complaints involving product purchases. Of all complaints received and
processed through a formal investigation, NCAinvestigators were able to recover nearly $200,000 for
“We know that
thousands of Nevadans are targeted by scams and fall prey to unfair or
fraudulent business practices every year,” said Cris Carmona, NCA Chief
Investigator. “In addition to processing and resolving consumer complaints,we are also are focused on educating consumers before they become
victims. But in the event that it does happen, we are here to help.”
encouraged to visit http://consumeraffairs.nv.gov or contact the office
for assistance at 775-684-1910 or toll free 844-594-7275.