Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

April 8, 2013

Pittsburgh consumer fair to be held April 10

HARRISBURG - The Pittsburgh consumer fair, which was originally scheduled to coincide with the 15th annual National Consumer Protection Week, will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The fair, which had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather, is part of the national education campaign that encourages consumers to take full advantage of their rights, make better-informed decisions, stay informed, and avoid scams and fraud.

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vintage Senior Community Center, 401 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General will be available to provide free information to consumers regarding telemarketing scams, identity theft, and protecting consumers from deceptive advertising or other unfair business practices. They will also answer questions and highlight various Bureau of Consumer Protection services that are available free to consumers across the Commonwealth.

The following organizations will also be represented at the fair: AARP, Allegheny County Department of Human Services/Area Agency on Aging, Allegheny County Treasurer, Better Business Bureau, PA Department of Banking, PA Housing Finance Agency, Social Security Administration, US Postal Service, and the Urban League of Pittsburgh.

Each year, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection receives thousands of consumer complaints regarding debt collection, consumer credit, home improvement contractors, telecommunications and motor vehicle sales and repairs. For more information on how to submit a complaint, consumers can visit www.attorneygeneral.gov or call the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's Consumer Protection Helpline at 1-800-441-2555.

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