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Other Helpful Web Sites for Consumers

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Consumer Organizations, Federal Agencies, National Associations
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Consumer information and fraud alerts for older persons
Consumer Affairs
An independent Web-based consumer news and resource center, providing recall information and tens of thousands of pages of consumer reviews.
Consumer Action Website
Federal Consumer Information Center. Find help on such topics as buying and leasing cars, shopping from home, protecting your privacy, avoiding scams.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Product recalls/safety issues
Consumer Reports
The Council of Better Business Bureaus
Links to local Better Business Bureaus and consumer alerts, scam warnings
Energy Star website of the Environmental Protection Agency
Information about how to save money and energy with Energy Star appliances and homes
Federal Reserve Board Consumer Information
Information about credit cards, home mortgages and car leasing; how to file a complaint against a bank

Federal Trade Commission
Numerous consumer factsheets on topics from automobiles to credit, home improvement, telemarketing, and more

Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
Free civil legal services in Maryland for low-income people

Maryland Homeowner's Association, Inc.-Homeowner advocacy group. Help for homeowners living in homeowner associations, condominium associations and cooperatives.

National Association of Attorneys General
Locate other states' Attorneys General
North American Securities Administrators Association
Investor education

National Consumer Law Center
Advocacy for low-income consumers, includes information about credit insurance, preventing foreclosure, bankruptcy, eviction, and getting out of debt

National Consumers League
Advocacy group offers consumer information.

National Council on Economic Education
Promotes economic literacy of K-12 students; provides teaching materials
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Auto recalls/service bulletins
Information about health fraud and scams
Maryland State Agencies and Maryland Law
Maryland Division of Financial Regulation
Handles complaints involving mortgage lenders, consumer loans, installment sales, sales finance, collection agencies, and credit reporting agencies.
Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Check online to see if a business or individual is licensed with the state.
Maryland Home Improvement Commission
Check the records of contractors, subcontractors or salespersons or file a complaint.
Maryland Insurance Administration
Handles complaints and offers information about health and auto insurance, including a comparative rate guide to auto insurance.
Maryland Law Library
Maryland Code and COMAR online
Maryland Office of Cemetery Oversight
Handles complaints against cemeteries and monument dealers, and offers consumer tips for cemetery, monument and funeral home purchases.
Maryland People's Counsel
Represents residential customers in natural gas, electric, telephone, water and transportation utility matters.
Maryland Real Property Seach Online Database
Find the last sales price of a house, from the Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Maryland Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division
Find charities that are registered with the state.

People's Law Library of Maryland
Legal information resource, including landlord-tenant, immigration, domestic violence, family law, disabilities law, bankruptcy, public housing

Internet/Privacy Issues
Identity Theft Resource Center.  A nationally accredited, non-profit organization dedicated to providing 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 consumers.
FTC's 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

Internet 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.

National Fraud Information Center
Information about Internet and telemarketing scams
Network Solutions
Find out who owns an Internet Domain name.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Information about identity theft, privacy rights, opt-out notices from financial institutions


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