TOPEKA – (March 2, 2011) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced his office will commemorate National Consumer Protection Week, March 6-12. Events will include a high school essay contest, consumer call-in show, money management seminar for youth and opportunities for consumers to fight identity theft by destroying personal documents.
“Educating consumers is an important part of preventing fraud,” Schmidt said. “Our office has designed these events to help Kansans of all ages become more educated consumers and protect themselves from scams and identity theft.”
The essay contest challenges Kansas high school students to write a 1,000-word essay on financial management and to create a personal budget. The top three students will each be awarded $400, provided by Meritrust Credit Union. Essays can be submitted to the attorney general’s office either by mail or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries must be received by March 14, 2011.
The office will present a money management seminar for youth at the Boys and Girls Club in Topeka on March 10, at 4 p.m.
Also on March 10, representatives from the attorney general’s office will answer consumer questions from 4:30 to 7 p.m during a live call-in on NBC Action News, Channel 41 (KSHB-TV) in Kansas City, along with representatives from the Missouri attorney general’s office. Consumers may call (816) 932-4321during this time to have their questions answered.
Free document destruction services will be available at six locations over the course of the week, courtesy of Jayhawk File Express, Document Resources, Inc. and Meritrust Credit Union:
March 8, 2011
Wichita, 11am-1pm: Meritrust Credit Union 11737 E. 21st St. N
Wichita, 11am-1pm: Meritrust Credit Union 13710 W. Maple St.
March 10, 2011
Overland Park, 9am-11am: Johnson County Central Library 9875 W. 87th St.
Shawnee, 12pm-2pm: Shawnee Library 13811 Johnson Dr.
March 11, 2011
Lawrence, 11am-1pm: Meritrust Credit Union 4821 W. 6th St.
Topeka, 2pm-4pm: Topeka Shawnee Co. Public Library 1515 SW 10th Ave.