Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Consumer Affairs Director Nelson Kranker have announced Dutchess County will celebrate the 12th Annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) from March 7th to March 13th. NCPW is a coordinated consumer education campaign to encourage individuals across the country to take full advantage of their consumer rights. This year’s theme for NCPW is “Dollars & Sense: Rated “A” for All Ages” and highlights the importance of using good consumer sense at every stage of life – from grade school to retirement.
To celebrate NCPW, the Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs will host an informational display at the Poughkeepsie Galleria’s Center Court on Wednesday, March 10th from 11am to 2pm. Consumer Affairs will be promoting free resources to help people protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, understand credit and mortgages, and steer clear of frauds and scams.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “In today’s economic climate, it is more important than ever for consumers of all ages to be educated consumers. Our Consumer Affairs department is working to help educate residents with information about making smart decisions in the marketplace.”
The Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs provides practical information and tips for consumers to learn how to make well-informed financial decisions and how to tell the difference between a real deal and potentially fraudulent product or service. Residents can log onto www.dutchessny.gov and click on the National Consumer Protection Week link for a wealth of information including video links about credit, dealing with debt, mortgages, identity theft, phishing, scams and telemarketing.
“It is never too early or too late to become a more informed and empowered consumer,” said Consumer Affairs Director Nelson Kranker. “We encourage residents to stop by and meet us at the Poughkeepsie Galleria on March 10th to get more familiar with our department and all that we have to offer.”
To get more information about the services available through the Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs, visit www.dutchessny.gov or call (845) 486-2949.