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BBB Release: Avoid Scams That Hit Alaska

National Consumer Protection Week

Anchorage, Alaska – March 8, 2011 – In 2010, Alaska ranked #1 in complainants per 100,000 population, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. To stay ahead of scammers this National Consumer Protection Week, March 6 through March 12, Better Business Bureau notifies Alaskans of upcoming consumer protection events:

Anchorage: Consumer Protection Booth

March 31 - April 3

Sullivan Arena - 1600 Gambell St.

Visit BBB's booth at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show.

Wasilla: BBB Secure Your ID Day

April 16: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wells Fargo – Cottonwood Creek – 1701 E Parks Highway, Wasilla

BBB offers free document shredding and cell phone recycling to help reduce identity theft. Drive up and drop off up to three bags or boxes of unwanted sensitive documents to be securely shredded on-the-spot by Shred Alaska. Cell phones will be recycled courtesy of The Wireless Alliance.

Juneau: BBB Scam Jam

April 30: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Centennial Hall, 101 Egan Drive, Juneau

Learn how to avoid common scams. Juneau Police Department presents "Fraud and Theft in Juneau - What can you do?" and Better Business Bureau educates about identity theft and scam prevention. This BBB Scam Jam is part of AARP Day.

For more about upcoming BBB events visit www.alaska.bbb.org/events.

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About your BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington: Better Business Bureau is a neutral not-for-profit organization with the mission to advance marketplace trust. BBB is supported by BBB Accredited Businesses and provides ethical business standards, BBB Reliability Reports, Charity Review Reports, complaint handling, marketplace events and tips. For more information, contact BBB or visit www.bbb.org.

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