AG's office hosting Consumer Protection Week events

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 3, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s Office will participate in numerous events in southern West Virginia this week, which is National Consumer Protection Week.

Frank Giardina, a consumer outreach and compliance specialist, will travel throughout the region educating residents about scams and ways they can prevent becoming a victim of scammers.

“Consumer Protection Week is a great opportunity for our Office to go into local communities and give residents tips on how to avoid scams,” Morrisey said in a release. “We want to assure the people of southern West Virginia that our office is fighting to protect them from scammers and fraudulent activities.”

Giardina was scheduled to meet with Boone County residents from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. March 3 at the Madison-Danville Senior Center. On March 4, he is scheduled to attend an 11:30 a.m. seniors’ luncheon at the CASE Commission on Aging, which is at 600 Trent St. in Princeton.

“Unfortunately, scammers try to target the elderly every chance they get,” Morrisey said. “That is why we feel it is so vital for our office to educate the elderly community at senior centers all over West Virginia.”

Giardina is scheduled to attend a seniors’ luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 at the Lincoln County Opportunity Company Inc., which is at 360 Main St. in Hamlin. The following day, he is scheduled to talk with Wyoming County residents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 6 at the Wyoming County Council on Aging in Itmann.

Giardina will represent the Attorney General’s Office at the West Virginia Sportsman Show on March 8 and 9 at The Armory in Summersville.

“Our Office wants to be in as many communities as possible spreading the word about scams and steps citizens, regardless of age, can take to ensure their personal information stays private,” Morrisey said. “Scammers never stop trying to come up with ways to separate you from your money, and the Attorney General’s Office will never stop fighting to protect you from scammers.”

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