The Consumer Protection Unit of the Northwestern District Attorney's Office has planned events throughout the month of March to mark National Consumer Protection Week, March 3-9. They will be joined by DA Sullivan at the March 19 Reality Fair at Greenfield Community College and March 26 at the Northampton Senior Center, where they will present on scams at 1 p.m. See below for more events.
There are many stories scam artists use to trick consumers into parting with their money. Examples include the grandparent scam in which they pretend to be a loved one in need, the lottery scam, romance scams and computer tech scams as well as Social Security and IRS scams, which intensify as Tax Day approaches.
Working in cooperation with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, the Consumer Protection Unit receives thousands of calls a year and offers consumer assistance and education.
“Before you give out any personal information or send money to someone you don’t know, call our Consumer Protection Unit first to make sure it’s not a scam,” advises Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan.
Consumers can call the NWDA’s Consumer Protection Unit at (413) 774-3186 in Greenfield or (413) 586-9225 in Northampton.
Consumer Protection Events in March
Monday March 4 - Jon Zon Community Center-Greenfield - Financial Literacy Throwdown Senior Savvy Showdown Game - 11 a.m. - noon
Wednesday, March 6 - Financial Literacy Throwdown Senior Savvy Showdown Game - Greenfield Acres Senior Living, 10 Congress Street, Greenfield - 1 p.m.
Friday, March 8 - Easthampton Lunch & Learn Panel - Easthampton Senior Center – 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 - Buying a Used Car - MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center, One Arch Place, Suite 2, Greenfield - 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 19 - Greenfield Community College - High School Reality Fair - 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 21 - Greenfield Community College High School Reality Fair - 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26 Recognizing Scams & financial exploitation - Northampton Senior Center - 1 p.m.