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Schuyler County promotes awareness during consumer protection week

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Schuyler County officials marked National Consumer Protection Week, a period dedicated to educating the public on safeguarding against scams, fraud, and identity theft. From March 3 to March 9, the county joined efforts nationwide to highlight consumer rights and share essential tips to prevent residents from falling victim to deceptive practices. The Schuyler County Legislature proclaimed this week to focus on offering valuable information to its citizens, while the Office for the Aging and the County Attorney’s Office provided resources and guidance on consumer protection.

Highlighting the importance of awareness, Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman emphasized the growing issue of scams and frauds, including identity theft and phishing, urging consumers to adopt best practices to protect their finances. Tammy Waite, the Director of the Office for the Aging, pointed out the particular vulnerability of seniors to scams, noting how scammers exploit the trust and sometimes loneliness of older Americans to defraud them of their savings.

To bolster its commitment to consumer education, Schuyler County is distributing free pamphlets filled with tips and resources for avoiding scams. These materials are available at the County Office for the Aging in Montour Falls and the County Attorney’s Office in Watkins Glen, with additional information accessible online. This initiative is part of the broader effort to arm consumers with the knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of modern financial security and protect themselves from potential fraud.