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For Immediate Release
December 10, 2003
Media Contact: 410-576-6357

CURRAN GOES BACK TO SCHOOL
TO UNVEIL OFFICE'S TEEN CONSUMER WEB PAGES

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that he will unveil his Office's new consumer education web pages aimed at teens, during an eighth-grade Family Studies class at Cockeysville Middle School on Thursday, December 11, 9:00 a.m. The pages, called Wisebuys for Teens, take a fun and interactive approach to educating teens about consumer issues ranging from the importance of reading the fine print in ads and contracts to how to avoid teen-targeted scams.

"Our young people are targeted by businesses and con artists alike," Attorney General Curran said. "Our site reinforces the lessons being taught in some of our schools that being a smart consumer requires vigilance and restraint."

The Wisebuys web pages, found at www.oag.state.md.us/wisebuys, cover smart shopping (compare prices, ask about return policies, keep receipts), advertising gimmicks, how to use a credit card wisely, how to determine the true cost of owning a car, how to be a smart consumer of health and beauty products, the financial cost of smoking, online privacy and more. Teens can take a quiz to test their "consumer smarts" and offer feedback on the site.


WHAT: TEEN CONSUMER WEB PAGES

WHERE: COCKEYSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
10401 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

WHEN: DECEMBER 11, 2003
9 - 9:30 A.M.

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