Alaska Dept. of Law and AARP Chapters Launch
Tandem Efforts to Educate and Protect Alaskans
February 08, 2005
The Alaska Department of Law has joined a group of federal, state and local agencies and national advocacy groups, including the AARP, to launch the seventh annual National Consumer Protection Week (NPCW), February 6-12, 2005, highlighting consumer protection and education efforts around the country.
This year's NPCW theme, "Identity
Theft: When Fact Becomes Fiction," focuses on minimizing
the risk and containing the harm of identity theft. "I encourage
all Alaskans to know how to protect their personal information,"
said Renkes. "Safeguarding your personal information, reviewing
your credit reports and using strong passwords on personal computers
are a few important steps consumers can take to minimize the
Consumers may call the Attorney
General's Office at (907) 269-5100 to request a copy of the "identity
theft" packet created specifically for NCPW. Brochures from
this packet may also be downloaded from the Attorney General's
consumer protection website at: www.law.state.ak.us/consumer.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also offers a significant
amount of information on this topic available online at:
"The past several years has seen significant growth in our state's senior population and an overall increase in the use of the Internet as a home personal and financial planning tool," said Renkes. It is unavoidable that older Alaskans will be increasingly exploited by scams. Education is a critical component of our future plans to target these types of illegal activities."
In the next few days and weeks,
representatives from the Department of Law will be making the
case for increasing its budget to address fraud against Alaska's
seniors, including identity theft. Similar efforts have already
taken place in many other states.
In addition to efforts within the Department of Law related to the growing problem of identity theft, a number of organizations are focusing on education efforts targeted for seniors.
The events are open to the public at the following dates and locations:
Governor Frank H. Murkowski
brought attention to the rising threat of identify theft in Alaska
in a proclamation released, via the web, Monday, Feb. 7. A copy
of the proclamation can be found at: http://gov.state.ak.us/proclamations.php.
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