The MPDC provides these helpful tips to consumers to avoid fraud and theft.
- ATM Safety
- Con Games and Swindles
- Flood Protection
- Leaving the Store with Your New Gadgets
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings
- What Thieves See
Security Freeze Now Available to Consumers
On July 1, 2007, a security freeze was enacted in the District of Columbia. Title 28 of DC Code provides consumers a right to obtain a security freeze on a credit report; to clarify the responsibilities of credit reporting agencies; to place and remove security freezes; to provide consumers with a private right of action against willful or negligent violations of security freezes; and to provide for enforcement by the Attorney General.
A security freeze lets consumers stop thieves from getting credit in their names by locking or freezing access to the consumer credit report and credit score. Without this information, a business will not issue new credit to a thief. When the consumer wants to get new credit, he or she uses a PIN to unlock access to the credit file
For more in-depth information regarding security freezes and to check any state status please review the Consumers Union website.
- Consumer Protection and Antitrust (DC Office of the Attorney General)
Consumer Corner (DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs)