National Consumer Protection Week is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights, spot fraud and make better informed decisions. This year, NCPW is March 4 through 10.
In recognition of NCPW, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Consumer Services will host a free webinar on March 7, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EST), titled Protect Yourself from Fraud, Deception and Unfair Business Practices. The webinar will highlight the division's role in registering businesses and ensuring that they comply with their statutorily mandated requirements. It will also clarify the consumer complaints mediation and enforcement process, the fair rides inspection process, the division's role in tackling the use of credit card skimmers at gas station pumps, and provide information on various other consumer protection topics. Consumers can register for the webinar by visiting FloridaConsumerHelp.com. For additional information on the webinar, please contact Alexander Warmka at Alexander.Warmka@FreshFromFlorida.com or 850-410-3665.
The Division of Consumer Services is the state's clearinghouse for consumer complaints, information and protection. The division regulates various businesses, such as: motor vehicle repair shops, charitable organizations, pawnbrokers, health studios, sellers of travel, intrastate movers, professional surveyors and mappers, sweepstakes/game promotions and telemarketers. In addition, the division protects consumers and businesses from unfair and unsafe business practices across a wide range of market sectors, including gasoline, brake fluid, antifreeze, liquefied petroleum gas, amusement rides, and weighing and measuring devices.