Consumer help webinar slated for Wednesday

March 05, 2018
Consumers can find out how to protect themselves by tuning in to a free webinar on Wednesday.

If you want to learn more about how to protect yourself from scams, there’s a webinar for you on Wednesday.

In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, March 4-10, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host a free webinar on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m.

It will help consumers learn how to spot fraud and deception and highlight the department’s role in business registration, the consumer complaint and mediation process and more. Consumers can register for the webinar at

National Consumer Protection Week is a nationwide effort to educate consumers about their rights and how to make well-informed decisions to avoid scams and fraud.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. The call center is staffed with trained analysts who can respond to questions about programs and regulations under the department’s purview, provide information on a wide variety of topics or direct callers to the appropriate government agency.

Consumers can get tips or file a complaint at

Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the department’s consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832).