Organizations, Federal Agencies, National Associations
Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Consumer information and fraud alerts for older persons
An independent Web-based consumer news and resource center, providing recall information and tens of thousands of pages of consumer reviews.
Federal Consumer Information Center.
Find help on such topics as buying and leasing cars, shopping
from home, protecting your privacy, avoiding scams.
Product Safety Commission
Product recalls/safety issues
Council of Better Business Bureaus|
Links to local Better Business Bureaus and consumer alerts,
Star website of the Environmental Protection Agency |
Information about how to save money and energy with Energy Star
appliances and homes
Reserve Board Consumer Information|
Information about credit cards, home mortgages and car leasing;
how to file a complaint against a bank
Numerous consumer factsheets on topics from automobiles to credit,
home improvement, telemarketing, and more
Aid Bureau, Inc.|
Free civil legal services in Maryland for low-income people
Homeowner's Association, Inc.-Homeowner advocacy
group. Help for homeowners living in homeowner associations,
condominium associations and cooperatives.
Association of Attorneys General|
Locate other states' Attorneys General
|North American Securities Administrators Association|
Consumer Law Center
Advocacy for low-income consumers, includes information about
credit insurance, preventing foreclosure, bankruptcy, eviction,
and getting out of debt
Advocacy group offers consumer information.
Council on Economic Education|
Promotes economic literacy of K-12 students; provides teaching
Highway Traffic Safety Administration|
Auto recalls/service bulletins
Information about health fraud and scams
State Agencies and Maryland Law
Division of Financial Regulation|
Handles complaints involving mortgage lenders, consumer loans,
installment sales, sales finance, collection agencies, and credit
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing|
Check online to see if a business or individual is licensed
with the state.
Home Improvement Commission|
Check the records of contractors, subcontractors or salespersons
or file a complaint.
Handles complaints and offers information about health and auto
insurance, including a comparative rate guide to auto insurance.
Maryland Code and COMAR online
Office of Cemetery Oversight|
Handles complaints against cemeteries and monument dealers,
and offers consumer tips for cemetery, monument and funeral
Represents residential customers in natural gas, electric, telephone,
water and transportation utility matters.
Real Property Seach Online Database|
Find the last sales price of a house, from the Department of
Assessments and Taxation.
Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division
Find charities that are registered with the state.
Law Library of Maryland
Legal information resource, including landlord-tenant, immigration,
domestic violence, family law, disabilities law, bankruptcy,
Theft Resource Center. A
nationally accredited, non-profit organization dedicated
free information to victims and potential victims of identity
theft as well as prevention tips and guides. Has worked
with many law enforcement agencies to combat this crime as
well as many legislators in the effort to pass laws to protect
Identity Theft website
The federal government's website about identity theft - prevention
tips, what to do if you are a victim, federal and state laws
Website maintained by the Federal Trade Commission has contacts
for consumer agencies around the world and lets consumers file
complaints about online transactions with foreign companies.
Information about Internet hoaxes and e-mail chain letters
Crime Complaint Center
The IC3 is a partnership between the FBI and the National
White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), which offers free membership
services to law enforcement agencies. The IC3 serves as a
clearing house and repository for complaints from industry
and private citizens in regard to Internet Cyber Crimes.
These complaints are collected, correlated, and distributed
to local, state, and federal law enforcement partners for
investigation and prosecution. The IC3 also provides analytical
support for active cyber investigations and continues to
develop partnerships with various industry members.
Fraud Information Center|
Information about Internet and telemarketing scams
Find out who owns an Internet Domain name.
Information about identity theft, privacy rights, opt-out notices
from financial institutions