This is National Consumer Protection Week, and two state agencies that deal with this issue have both released new resources to help consumers.
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) announced today the release of a new website, Take 5 To Get Wise. The website and ad campaign aim to get Coloradans to “take 5 minutes” to check out the companies and individuals they are doing business with before they become a victim. The website includes articles and resources on consumer protection as well as quick links to databases of licensed professionals in Colorado.
The Colorado Attorney General’s Office has released their annual list of the top consumer complaints for 2014. The number one complaint, regarding debt collection companies, had nearly twice as many complaints as the number two complaint! This week the AGO also released tips on IRS scams as tax day approaches. Finally, the AGO has a new website, http://www.stopfraudcolorado.gov/, with tons of helpful information about many types of fraud, from scams to identity theft.