Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has declared March 2nd to March 8th, 2008 to be Consumer Protection Week in Dutchess County, joining with federal, state and national consumer advocacy organizations to raise consumer awareness in the fight against fraud in communities across the nation. The theme for this year’s Consumer Protection Week (CPW) is “Financial Literacy as a Sound Investment.” In celebration of CPW, the Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs will host an informational booth at the Poughkeepsie Post Office at 55 Mansion Street in the City of Poughkeepsie on Tuesday, March 4th from 10am to 3pm.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “Education is the best possible way for Dutchess County residents to protect themselves from fraud or rip-offs. Consumer Protection Week is the perfect opportunity to remind residents that our Consumer Affairs department is available to help keep them informed about the potential for fraud or deception in the marketplace, and help them if they become a victim.”
The Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs provides practical information and tips for consumers to learn how to make well-informed financial decisions, avoid credit scams and protect their personal information. Residents can log onto http://www.dutchessny.gov/ and select the Consumer Affairs department for a wealth of information including: knowing credit reporting rights, credit cards & consumer loans, credit reports & scores, mortgages & real estate, privacy laws and much more.
“Residents conduct financial transactions that require an educated decision every day – whether it is shopping for a mortgage or auto loan, understanding their credit report or simply deciding how to pay for a purchase,” said Consumer Affairs Director Nelson Kranker. “When consumers are financially savvy, they are in a better position to make smart decisions about managing their money, using credit wisely and building a solid financial foundation for the future.”
Residents who would about becoming an informed consumer are encouraged to stop by the Poughkeepsie Post Office on Tuesday, March 4th from 10am to 3pm to meet with representatives from Dutchess County Consumer Affairs as well as representatives from the New York State Attorney General’s office and the United States Post Master General’s office. Information about all of the services available through the Dutchess County Consumer Affairs department will be available.
Residents can also visit http://www.dutchessny.gov/ or call (845) 486-2949 to get more information about the services available through the Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs.