National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a coordinated campaign, March 1 through March 7, that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. Locally, New Bedford's Face-To-Face Program, features a host of advocates trained to assist area consumers who have  problems with an overly zealous debt collection agency, or a car dealership that hasn't come through with its warranty.

This week also focuses on senior tax scams, an ever growing problem, not just around here but nationwide. As an added public service, WBSM is also running live one minute tips on how to get help if you've been victimized through any consumer problem including Identity Theft. The local phone number to call with any questions or concerns is 508 - 979 - 1693, or visit the trained staff of professionals for free services at New Bedford City Hall, Room 113 or 221. Visit City Hall this week, in a coordinated campaign to help raise awareness about consumer protection.

The Dartmouth Public Libraries have added Consumer Reports to their selection of online subscriptions. If you're thinking about making a purchase, you can find the latest ratings and reviews on their website. Consumer Reports is the most popular magazine at the library.

WBSM is encouraging consumers from Onset to Seekonk and everything in between to take full advantage of your consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.