March is Consumer Protection Awareness Month. Celebrate by familiarizing yourself with your rights as a consumer and what to do if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam. Plus, we provide you with complimentary resources that’ll boost your knowledge on this important subject.
Product and service standards
You expect a product or service to meet your expectations. When it doesn’t, it can feel like your hard-earned money is going down the drain. Thankfully, the U.S. and the state of Ohio have consumer protection laws in place. These, in combination with your consumer rights, help combat abusive business practices.
When determining if a product is of satisfactory quality, factors such as the price of the item and any other readily available, relevant information is considered. As well, an item must be of satisfactory quality for a ‘reasonable’ person.
You should be able to use a product for its intended purpose. For example, an umbrella should protect you from the rain.
A product must match the description provided to you at the time of purchase. For example, if you purchase a phone case that claims it’s compatible with your device and it’s not, you may be able to claim your consumer rights.
Sometimes, a defective or missing product or service isn’t the result of an honest mistake, but a scam. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publishes scam alerts throughout the year to help you spot red flags while shopping. But if you do purchase a product or service that turns out to be fake, there are steps you can take to remedy the situation.
General Electric Credit Union (GECU) wants to help with Improving the Quality of Your Financial Life by protecting you from scams and going to bat for you if you fall victim to one. Use the following free resources to gain an edge against fraud: