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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.
    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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