Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is hosting a consumer education seminar at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Cranston Senior Center, located at 1070 Cranston St, Cranston, RI 02920
The seminar will be presented by Martha Crippen, Director of the Consumer Protection Unit in the Office of Attorney General. The presentation will include information on the most common consumer scams, how to spot a scam, how to protect from identity theft, and other consumer-related issues.
The Consumer Protection Unit investigates and mediates consumer complaints concerning unfair and unlawful business practices and misleading advertising arising out of alleged violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. If groups of people are victimized by a deceptive trade practice, this Office may file in the Superior Court a civil investigative demand, which is a formal investigation. In appropriate cases, a lawsuit to stop the illegal business practice may be initiated.
The Consumer Protection Unit also speaks to community groups throughout the State on how to prevent being a victim of identity theft and other scams. Last year, the Consumer Protection Unit gave more than 70 presentations across the State.
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