Consumer and Environmental Protection Tips

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Consumer and Environmental Protection Tips

  1. Read the labels. Are you really getting the amount of product in the container as it appears? Sometimes, the containers are deliberately made larger than necessary to fool you into thinking it contains more product.
     
  2. Protect our environment. Watch what you throw away.
    -Many electronic items contain chemicals that should be disposed of through e-waste pick ups.
    -Old medicines should not be thrown into toilets or down the drain. See the following web site for helpful information about disposing of pharmaceutical waste: http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/publications/dont_flush_meds.pdf 
     
  3. Get it in writing! Are the terms of your agreement fully spelled out? A salesman’s statement may be subject to dispute. Make sure you have all of the terms of your agreement, including exactly what is being sold, when it is to be delivered, what the return policy is, and the terms of the warranty. Make sure you have the name, address, and contact numbers of the company and its representatives. Research the company on the internet to see if others had problems with them. Contact the Better Business Bureau before you agree to a major purchase. 

  4. Watch for Real Estate issues. If you are considering a loan modification, watch for those programs that demand upfront fees. If an up front fee demand is made, you can check to see if the broker has submitted an Advance Fee Agreement to the Department of Real Estate. (http://www.dre.ca.gov) The same web site will also include any disciplinary history or Desist and Refrain Orders that were issued against the company and or individual.

    The government (through www.hud.gov (800-569-4287)) offers foreclosure avoidance counseling as does the “Hope Now Alliance” at http://www.hopenow.com (888-995-HOPE).

    Jeff Reisig
    Yolo County District Attorney
    Consumer Fraud and Environmental Protection Division