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Consumer Resources

Information and resources to help consumers make good decisions.

Good Starting Points for Consumers

A selection of good places to start your search for consumer information.

  • Charitable Giving
    • Before Giving to a Charity
      Advice on how to donate wisely and avoid scams. Includes links to organizations that rate charities. From the Federal Trade Commission.
    • Tax Exempt Organization Search
      An IRS database of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.
  • Consumer Guides
    Helpful information on services and products with occupation-related regulations in Virginia. These include contractors, barbers & cosmetology, asbestos & lead, auctioneers, cemetery, hearing aid specialists, opticians, onsite sewage systems and real estate. From the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.
  • Consumer Information
    Covers a wide range of topics, including money and credit, homes and mortgages, health and fitness, and scams. Also available in Spanish. From the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Consumer.gov
    Learn to keep your money and identity secure with the latest from the Federal Trade Commission, America's consumer protection agency.
  • Identity Theft
  • Insurance Company Ratings
  • Online Safety + Privacy Basics
    Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your home with these tips and resources from the National Cybersecurity Alliance.
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