Omaha Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Consumer protection week in Nebraska

Omaha, NE – This week is national Consumer Protection Week in Nebraska.

Attorney General Jon Bruning discussed new credit card regulations and common financial scams during a news conference Thursday morning.

Bruning says debt elimination agencies are a popular option right now because of the economic downturn. But he says the public should be wary of people claiming to be from debt elimination agencies who charge high up-front or monthly fees, pressure you to make voluntary contributions, don't want to give you any free information about their services until you provide a credit card or some sort of information, or try to enroll you in a debt management plan without reviewing your financial situation first.

Bruning says there's also been a rise in work-from-home scams. He says if consumers receive information on a work-at-home program that requires up-front fees or looks suspicious, consumers should not offer any personal information.