December 6, 2007
Jefferson City, Mo. — How sharp is your consumer knowledge? Do you know the most common scams targeting consumers? Attorney General Jay Nixon has unveiled several new online consumer quizzes to put your skills to the test. Nixon’s Web site offers 12 different multiple choice and true-false quizzes covering everything from scams to credit to car buying to conflicts between landlords and tenants.
“Protecting yourself, your money and your identity in today’s marketplace requires a well-educated consumer,” Nixon said. “Missourians who take these quizzes may be surprised by some of the rights they have, the threats they face and the best ways to protect themselves when shopping, spending and negotiating contracts.”
The quizzes available online at ago.mo.gov cover: car buying and repair; giving to charities; solving consumer problems by filing complaints and suing in small-claims court; credit cards, credit reports and credit scores; identity theft and protecting personal information; Internet fraud and e-mail scams; landlord-tenant law; lending and banking; a “Name that Scam” quiz; telemarketing and the No Call list; and travel scams.
Nixon says consumer education is the most powerful weapon against fraud, rip-offs and stolen identities. The Attorney General’s Office also provides dozens of consumer publications free of charge to Missourians, public speakers and consumer presentations, an online consumer encyclopedia and a daily online consumer news feature called the Consumer Blog.
Missourians who have questions or need to file consumer complaints can contact Nixon’s office through the Web site, ago.mo.gov, or the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-8222.
All About Autos
Charitable contributions and charities
Consumers Take Action
Lending and loans
Name that scam
No Call / Telemarketing