FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Olha Rybakoff,
Deputy Attorney General
ATTORNEY GENERAL BRADY ANNOUNCES
FOURTH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK
The Attorney General will be
speaking at the following senior centers this week:
One of the most devastating
abuses of personal information is identity theft, which occurs when
someone steals information like a Social Security number, birth date or
mother's maiden name to open new charge accounts, order merchandise, or
borrow money. Consumers targeted by identity thieves usually do not know
they have been victimized until collection agencies pursue them to pay
accounts they did not even know they had, or they are denied credit
because of unpaid debts run up by the criminals.
"Consumers must take
extra care to protect their confidential financial information," said
Attorney General Brady. "Unfortunately, as personal information
becomes more accessible, the potential for its misuse increases as
During NCPW, Attorney General
Brady and representatives from her Consumer Protection Unit will be
focusing on how consumers can avoid identity theft, recognize fraudulent
telemarketers and spot fraudulent e-mail. Attorney General Brady and her
Consumer Protection staff will also be at the Concord and Dover Malls this
week. All are welcome to visit with representatives of the Attorney
General's Office at Concord Mall and Dover Mall from 3:00 -7:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 P.m.
For more information, you can
call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit at 577-8600 in New
Castle County, or 800-220-5424 in Kent and Sussex Counties.