News Release
City Services

August 15, 2014

City Launches Back to School Consumer Protection Campaign to Inform on Recalls and Prevent Potential Scams

Campaign offers shopping tips for parents, reminders on consumer recalls from the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, and encourages shoppers to check flagged business list

Mika Stambaugh, Director of Communications     (312) 744-5365

It’s back to school time for thousands of students, parents and educators and the City of Chicago is preparing for the first day of school on September 2, 2014. Before students return to the classroom the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is launching its Know Before You Send Your Kids to School campaign.

"Our goal is to make sure consumers are safe, and keeping parents, students, teachers and school staff well informed is half the battle," said Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek of BACP. "Safety is a priority in our department and these reminders will hopefully prohibit anyone from being taken advantage of or becoming a victim of fraud."

The Know Before You Send Your Kids to School campaign is posted on the BACP website, www.cityofchicago.org/BACP and will be shared on all social media accounts for the department, @ChicagoBACP and /ChiSmallBiz.  

The campaign offers shopping tips for parents, reminders on consumer recalls from the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, and encourages shoppers to check BACP’s Flagged Business List before you hire a day care, buy school supplies, or purchase food for lunches.

The campaign educates consumers about choosing a licensed children’s services facility for any business whose primary business activity is to provide recreational, cognitive or educational activities to children 17 or younger. It provides information about choosing a licensed public vehicle company, the Chicago BPA-Free Kids ordinance, and tobacco and alcohol sales to minors. For college students, the campaign has tips about avoiding student loan and text book scams.

To report a problem or file a consumer complaint with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, call 311 or visit www.cityofchicago.org/BACP.

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