Fairfax County Consumer Affairs

Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Official page of the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch. For more information, visit us at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cableconsumer

Official page of the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch in Fairfax County, Virginia. For more information, visit us at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer. We monitor this page during normal business hours and sometimes look on nights and weekends, too.

How to Get Rid of Ants
06/19/2020
How to Get Rid of Ants

How to Get Rid of Ants

Five simple steps, from the experts at Consumer Reports, on how to get rid of ants in your house.

6 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach
06/19/2020
6 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach

6 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach

Liquid bleach or other disinfectants are dangerous chemicals when used incorrectly, and there are increasing reports of misuse. Here are the facts.

Tickproof Your Yard Without Spraying
06/19/2020
Tickproof Your Yard Without Spraying

Tickproof Your Yard Without Spraying

Consumer Reports recommends you follow these chemical-free tricks to tickproof your yard and keep disease-transmitting pests at bay.

19 Father's Day Gifts for 2020
06/18/2020
19 Father's Day Gifts for 2020

19 Father's Day Gifts for 2020

Consumer Reports has Father's Day gift ideas that will make his life easier, from a specialty coffee maker for a busy morning, to a customizable pillow for a great night's rest.

Fairfax County 50+
06/18/2020

Fairfax County 50+

"This crisis launched us into a new realm, and we rose to the occasion." This is how Olli/GMU director Jennifer Disano describes how the program turned on a dime and offered most of its classes online - within two weeks after shutting classroom doors in March. It all worked out and "allowed people to stay connected and laugh with each other," says Disano. Listen to the fascinating story on Fairfax 50+ Podcast and then check out Olli’s summer online offerings. Go to https://soundcloud.com/fairfaxcounty/osher-lifelong-learning-institute-olli-summer-highlights-fairfax-50-podcast-june-17-2020?in=fairfaxcounty/sets/fairfax-50-podcast
and then https://olli.gmu.edu/.

Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection
06/18/2020
Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection

Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection

Beware of spoofed phone numbers on your caller ID. But the Census *might*call you. Find out more about how to spot scams here:https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/OCP/Resources/Files/OCP_News/Census-Scams-Newsletter.pdf

Blender Buying Guide
06/18/2020
Blender Buying Guide

Blender Buying Guide

Looking for the best blender? Don't buy before finding out what the experts at Consumer Reports have to say. Click here for advice you can trust.

3 Steps to Stay Safe From COVID-19 If You Are 60+ - Fairfax County Emergency Information
06/18/2020
3 Steps to Stay Safe From COVID-19 If You Are 60+ - Fairfax County Emergency Information

3 Steps to Stay Safe From COVID-19 If You Are 60+ - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Posted at 10:35 a.m. As communities and businesses are opening, people are looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. It is important to remember that COVID-19 continues to spread in our community. Everyone is at risk, but older adults and people of any age with underlyi...

Best Blenders for Making Smoothies
06/18/2020
Best Blenders for Making Smoothies

Best Blenders for Making Smoothies

Consumer Reports highlights the best blenders for making smoothies to jump-start your day. Models from Cuisinart, Ninja, and Vitamix are good choices to consider.

Virginia State Corporation Commission
06/18/2020

Virginia State Corporation Commission

A new area code has been assigned to western and northern portions of Virginia. The new 826 area code will relieve the future exhaustion of phone numbers in Virginia’s 540 area code that includes Roanoke, Harrisonburg, the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Fredericksburg and parts of Northern Virginia.

The relief plan approved by the SCC superimposes the new 826 area code over the same geographic footprint covered by the existing 540 area code region and will require 10-digit dialing for local calls.

The proposed 13-month implementation schedule includes a 6-month period during which calls within the 540 area code can be completed using either 7 or 10 digits. Case number PUR-2019-00148. https://bit.ly/3hN2uPw

Beginner's Guide to Motorhomes
06/17/2020
Beginner's Guide to Motorhomes

Beginner's Guide to Motorhomes

Motorhomes have clear appeal, Consumer Reports says, but understanding different versions and choosing the right RV for your needs takes some research.

Fairfax County 50+
06/17/2020
Fairfax County 50+

Fairfax County 50+

It begins when you receive an email claiming to be from Netflix. At first it may look legit – you see a Netflix logo. But it's actually a scam - they are trying to get your financial information. Tune in to the latest episode of Fairfax County's Scam Slam because the best way to avoid a scam is to know what's going around!
https://soundcloud.com/fairfaxcounty/sets/scam-slam-audio-series

With Payments on Pause, Watch Your Credit Score
06/17/2020
With Payments on Pause, Watch Your Credit Score

With Payments on Pause, Watch Your Credit Score

Global News Select With Payments on Pause, Watch Your Credit Score Provided by Dow Jones Jun 9, 2020 9:44 AM UTC By Anne Tergesen and Orla McCaffrey The federal government has directed lenders to give consumers a break on some of their monthly bills amid the coronavirus crisis -- without reporting t...

How to Prepare for a Road Trip During the Pandemic
06/17/2020
How to Prepare for a Road Trip During the Pandemic

How to Prepare for a Road Trip During the Pandemic

Consumer Reports shows you how to prepare for a road trip by making sure all your vehicle's functions are fine-tuned and operating at maximum performance levels.

19 Father's Day Gifts for 2020
06/17/2020
19 Father's Day Gifts for 2020

19 Father's Day Gifts for 2020

Consumer Reports has Father's Day gift ideas that will make his life easier, from a specialty coffee maker for a busy morning, to a customizable pillow for a great night's rest.

Fairfax County Health Department
06/16/2020

Fairfax County Health Department

Avoiding tick bites is the best way to prevent tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease. Here are some tips:

✔️ Avoid wooded and busy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
✔️ Wear EPA-registered insect repelleant with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. Read and follow label instructions.
✔️ Treat clothes and shoes with permethrin. Follow instructions and don't apply directly on your skin.
✔️ Walk down the center of trails.
✔️Tuck your shirt into your pants and tuck your pants into your socks.
✔️ Do a thorough tick check when you get home.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Dn2NOf

#Fightthe Bite #TickTuesday

VA Money Search
06/16/2020

VA Money Search

Want some good news in your news feed? Did you know the Virginia Department of Treasury is giving back money to citizens...for FREE?! Just go online to www.vaMoneySearch.org to find what's yours! #unclaimedmoney

Virginia State Corporation Commission
06/15/2020

Virginia State Corporation Commission

In conjunction with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today, the SCC reminds Virginians that extended isolation and loneliness during the #COVID19 pandemic may create a perfect storm for financial exploitation of senior citizens. https://bit.ly/3d7tLsa #weaad

Robocall reports still down, FTC still fighting
06/15/2020
Robocall reports still down, FTC still fighting

Robocall reports still down, FTC still fighting

A couple months ago, we told you the good news that people had been reporting getting fewer robocalls, and we told you about how some of the FTC’s work might have played a part in that.

06/15/2020
Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection

Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection

Are you thinking of going solar? Here's a webinar that introduces the solar co-op, and also explains unique consumer issues with installing and financing solar panels.
Solar United Neighbors Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

Federal Trade Commission
06/12/2020

Federal Trade Commission

If you bought Lights of America brand LED light bulbs before 2011, you may be eligible for a refund. These LED light bulbs were sold at Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, hardware stores, grocery stores, and on Amazon. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xw9fh

AARP ElderWatch
06/12/2020
AARP ElderWatch

AARP ElderWatch

Crime doesn't pay! Especially when you are trying to trick consumers into falsely advertised health plans.

Fraud Alert: A New Religious Twist to the Old Gift Card Scam
06/12/2020
Fraud Alert: A New Religious Twist to the Old Gift Card Scam

Fraud Alert: A New Religious Twist to the Old Gift Card Scam

Con artists are putting a new twist on the old gift-card scam by sending out email and text messages that look as if they originated from someone at your church, synagogue, or mosque asking you to buy some gift cards to give to needy congregants or others in the community.

COVID-19 Government Impersonation Scams -- Scam Slam Audio Series
06/12/2020
COVID-19 Government Impersonation Scams -- Scam Slam Audio Series

COVID-19 Government Impersonation Scams -- Scam Slam Audio Series

Hi, I’m Martin Bailey, representing AARP Virginia and the Senior Medicare Patrol on Fairfax County’s Silver Shield Task Force. Many of us are paying close attention to guidance from federal, state, a

Scam Slam Audio Series - Charity Scams
06/11/2020
Scam Slam Audio Series - Charity Scams

Scam Slam Audio Series - Charity Scams

The best way to avoid a scam is to know what’s going around. In just a few minutes, Martin Bailey describes current scams circulating the community -– including scams over the phone, on the internet a

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