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July 17 marks National Military Consumer Protection Day

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section is observing the inaugural National Military Consumer Protection Day by participating in a workshop for Louisiana’s military members at Bossier’s Barksdale Air Force Base Wednesday, July 17, 2013, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. The initiative is aimed at helping military service members, veterans and their families learn about available resources and guard against fraud.

Caldwell says, “This is an excellent opportunity to give our highly skilled and trained service men and women the ammo they need to combat fraud right here in our state.”

Caldwell points out that the unique characteristics of military life can make military households an attractive target for scam artists. Because of their steady income, their highly mobile lifestyle, and the fact that they are held to higher standards of debt repayment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, service members can fall prey to a variety of scams including identity theft, telemarketing, phishing, and predatory lending practices.

Sam Pleasant, Director of the Attorney General’s Public Protection Division, will address newly enlisted airmen during the Air Force’s Right Start program. Assistant attorneys general and support staff will be on hand to distribute information and speak with service members about common scams that can affect military personnel.

Military Consumer Protection Day is a nationwide, collaborative initiative targeted at empowering active duty and retired service members and their families. Partners include the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, Better Business Bureau and various state Attorneys General.

For more information regarding Military Consumer Protection Day, call the Louisiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-351-4889.

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