As part of National Consumer Protection Week, the Attorney General’s Office is hosting a one-stop Consumer Protection Workshop. It’s the first time AG Hector Balderas is doing an outreach program of this sort.
On Friday, people will have the opportunity to go to the AG’s office in Albuquerque to speak to experts, file complaints and learn how to protect themselves against scams and identity theft.
“The best tool for consumer protection is knowledge, protect yourself, be a smart consumer so you don’t get yourself into a situation,” said Cholla Khoury.
Khoury, Director of Consumer Protection, says many of the complaints that they see have to do with identity theft and with scammers trying to reach inside your pocket from the phone, internet and even your front door.
That is why advocates will be on hand to help answer questions or take complaints if you have had a problem with a business.
People who attend will also be learning about credit freezes, fraud alerts and the difference between the two, especially in the wake of several high profile data breaches like Equifax.
On top of that, there will be information on where to go, who to report it to and what resources are out there to resolve any issues.
While this is open to everybody, they hope that service members and veterans take advantage of Friday’s workshop, since they are more at risk of being scammed.
“Veterans and service members who move around a lot and have multiple addresses are often targeted for many of the scams,” said Khoury.
Khoury says if you become a victim of a scam or identity theft report it to police and the AG, then go to your credit bureaus to put a freeze on your credit.
The workshop is Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Albuquerque office near Third Street and Copper.