Fraud prevention and awareness event to be held in Las Vegas during National Consumer Protection Week


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Teri Williams
Public Information Officer
Las Vegas, NV - March 02, 2020

Thousands of Nevadans each year fall prey to scams and fraudulent or deceptive business practices resulting in financial loss and time spent seeking to recover those losses. In 2019, Nevada Consumer Affairs (NCA), a unit within the Department of Business and Industry’s Directors Office, received 1,951 informational inquiries and complaints and recovered more than $1.3 million in refunds and restitution for these consumers.

We know that only a small percentage of consumers that have been victimized by a scam or an unfair or fraudulent business contact our offices,” said Cris Williams, NCA Chief Investigator. “This problem is widespread and anyone could find themselves in this position. Our goal is to give consumers information and resources before they become a victim. And if it does happen, we are here to help.”

Education and awareness is the best line of defense against becoming a victim of fraud. NCA, with the support of the newly created Consumer Awareness Coalition,is hosting a free Consumer Fraud Prevention Fairin Las Vegas onMarch 6 at the Nevada State Business Center, 3300 W. Sahara Avenue from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm.

The fair will provide information and resources in the areas of consumer rights, how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud and one-on-one assistance for consumers that need help resolving complaints involving fraud or a deceptive business practice. Resource booths will be open throughout the day with more than 30 exhibitors including AARP Nevada, Federal Trade Commission, Nevada State Contractors Board, Office of the Nevada Attorney General, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and more. Admission is free and open to all members of the public.

Free tax preparation services are also being offered by IRS certified volunteers with the Nevada Free Taxes Coalition to Nevadans with annual incomes under $59,000. Attendees should bring their original social security card, government issued ID, and all income and deductible expense documents.

SCHEDULE

11:00 am- 3:00 pm- Resource Fair Booths

11:00 am- 3:00 pm- FREE Income Tax Preparation Services

11:30 am- Fraud Prevention Panel featuring:

            Cris Williams, Nevada Consumer Affairs

            Detective Michael Gomez, Las Vegas Metro Police Department

1:00 pm- Fraud Prevention Panel featuring:

            Sheri Ann Forbes, Office of the Nevada Attorney General

            Annie Walters, U.S. Social Security Administration

            Delilah Vinzon, Federal Trade Commission

           

For more information about the Consumer Fraud Prevention Fair visit http://consumeraffairs.nv.gov or call 844-594-7275.

About Nevada Consumer Affairs

NCA investigates 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. Consumers are encouraged to visit http://consumeraffairs.nv.gov or call toll free 844-594-7275.  

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