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Pepper Jaso Emilie Burdette and Jerry Howland from the District Attorney's office stand behind an information table

DA’s office visits JCCC for consumer protection week

Staff from the Economic Crime Unit of the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office visited Johnson County Community College on Tuesday as a part of their National Consumer Protection Week activities.

The Economic Crime Unit receives approximately 500 consumer protection complaints each year. For college students who are entering the world of credit and contracts for the first time, understanding some basic rights and resources can save them from a lot of heartache and hassle.

The District Attorney’s Office staff provided information to college students regarding several relevant topics, such as how to deter, detect and defend against identity theft. They also shared how students, and any resident, can obtain a free annual credit report through the only Federal Trade Commission authorized website.

Individuals in the market for a new car should be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • Car dealers/sellers who refuse to give you a title upon delivery or at the time of the sale.
  • Car dealers/sellers who keep changing the terms of the sale.
  • Car dealers who don’t fill out the Buyer’s Guide stickers, which are required by law to be filled out and posted on a vehicle’s windows.
  • Car dealers who refuse to put warranty information in writing.
  • Car dealers who claim this “low, low price” is only good for today. Never allow a car dealership to pressure you into buying or making a decision right on the spot.

If you’re interested in learning more about consumer protection, visit the District Attorney’s website or follow their office on twitter.


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