Free NCPW events and resources in Ohio

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is proud to join government and nonprofit organizations across the country to celebrate National Consumer Protection Week, March 2-8, 2014.  To learn about free events and information available to Ohioans - in addition to the events listed below - please visit the Attorney General's NCPW website.

In addition, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is marking its 2014 calendar for National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW).

Along with local, state, and federal partners, the FTC will kick-off NCPW on Monday, March 3, at 11:00 a.m., at Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland.  Following the kick-off event, law enforcement and community partners will be on hand at the Consumer Resource Fair to answer consumers’ questions and offer free consumer resources.  People with tax-related questions will have an opportunity to talk to representatives from the Internal Revenue Service and the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

Here is the full list of NCPW events in the Cleveland area:

 

Monday, March 3, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

What: Kick-Off Event and Consumer Resource Fair

Where:  Tower City Center, 230 West Huron Road, Cleveland  

The Kick-Off Event will begin at 11:00 AM, immediately followed by the Consumer Resource Fair.  During the fair, law enforcement and community partners with expertise in consumer protection issues will be on hand to answer consumers’ questions and to offer free consumer resources. 

 

Monday, March 3, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

What: Consumer Phone Bank at Channel 5

Where: Telephone number to be provided during the newscast. Stay tuned!

Hosted by Cleveland’s WEWS-TV Channel 5.  Consumers have an opportunity to call in their consumer-related questions and to get answers or referrals to useful resources.  Law enforcement and community partners with expertise in consumer protection issues will be available to take the calls.

 

Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

What: Shred Day

Where: Main U.S. Post Office, Customer Parking Lot, 2400 Orange Avenue, Cleveland

Hosted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  Consumers may drop off documents containing their sensitive personal information (e.g., SSN, financial, medical, etc.) for free, on-site shredding.

 

Tuesday, March 4, 12:30 AM – 1:30 PM

What: Consumer Web Chat

Where: Chat information to be provided online. Visit cleveland.com!

Hosted by The Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Law enforcement and community partners with expertise in consumer protection issues will be online to chat with consumers and answer consumer-related questions or offer referrals to useful resources.

 

Wednesday, March 5, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

What: Consumer Phone Bank at Channel 3

Where: Telephone number to be provided during the newscast. Stay tuned!

Hosted by Cleveland’s WKYC-TV Channel 3.  Consumers have an opportunity to call in their consumer-related questions and to get answers or referrals to useful resources.  Law enforcement and community partners with expertise in consumer protection issues will be available to take the calls.

 

Thursday, March 6, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

What: Shred Day

Where: Main U.S. Post Office, Customer Parking Lot, 2400 Orange Avenue, Cleveland

Hosted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  Consumers may drop off documents containing their sensitive personal information (e.g., SSN, financial, medical, etc.) for free, on-site shredding.

 

Thursday, March 6, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

What: Consumer Resource Fair

Where: University Hospitals, Main Atrium, 11100 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

Hosted by the University Hospitals of Cleveland.  During the fair, law enforcement and community partners with expertise in consumer protection issues will be on hand to answer consumers’ questions and to offer free consumer resources.

 

Saturday, March 15, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

What: Brief Advice Consumer Clinic

Where: Cleveland Public Library, Hough Branch, 1566 Crawford Road, Cleveland

Hosted by the Cleveland Legal Aid.  Attorneys will be available in-person to listen to consumer and other civil issues and will then offer brief advice or referrals to useful resources.  Consumers will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Attorneys cannot give advice on criminal issues.

 

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