Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper is joining government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private sector groups to celebrate the second annual Military Consumer Protection Day, July 16, 2014.
"Servicemembers make incredible sacrifices for our country and it is only right that we protect these men and women from unscrupulous business practices here at home," said Attorney General Cooper. "I am confident efforts like Military Consumer Protection Day will raise awareness of the helpful resources and assistance available for servicemembers."
This broad coalition is sharing tips and information about managing money, dealing with credit and debt, building savings, protecting personal information, recognizing identity theft and avoiding fraud.
Consumers can visit military.ncpw.gov for free resources, tip sheets and blog posts from national consumer protection experts.
This year, the Tennessee Attorney General's Office made efforts to educate and provide assistance to servicemembers and military counselors. In April 2014, the Office announced the completion of a Consumer Protection Guide for Consumer Affairs Counselors and United States Military Servicemembers. This 126-page guide contains helpful information about common scams and predatory business practices that servicemembers and their families face. The guide is available for download free of charge on the Tennessee Attorney General's website at http://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/cpro/militaryguide/militaryguide.html
"The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs is proud to be of service to the men and women in the Armed Services, and is the lead agency for addressing consumer complaints, including mediation, education and investigation in cooperation with the Attorney General's Office," said Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak, whose office oversees the Division of Consumer Affairs.
Consumers who would like to file a complaint on a business they believe has acted unfairly or deceptively should contact the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs online at www.tn.gov/consumer or by calling (800) 342-8385 (toll-free in Tennessee) or (615) 741-4737.