Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Offers "Little Black Book of Scams" to Assist Consumers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Consumers fall victim to fraud and scams every day, but there are ways to keep from becoming one of those victims. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam encourages Floridians to check out the “Little Black Book of Scams” this week, which is National Consumer Protection Week.
“The Little Black Book of Scams,” created by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, teaches consumers how to avoid scams, such as those involving charities, foreign lotteries, money transfers , identity theft, payday loans, telemarketing and more.
“Our ‘Little Black Book of Scams' gives clear information on today's frequent scams and teaches consumers how to avoid becoming victims themselves,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state's clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. The call center is staffed with trained analysts who can respond to questions about programs and regulations under the department's purview, provide information on a wide variety of topics or direct callers to the appropriate government agency. For more tips on how to keep safe from fraud and scams, or to file a complaint, go to 800helpfla.com.
Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the department's consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832).