On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, the Prescott Valley Police Department became aware of a new resident who is moving to Prescott Valley from Southern California. Upon contacting the moving company about the delivery of her household goods, she was advised that the delivery would not be made until a certain amount of money would be paid up front, which amount was significantly more than originally agreed upon.
Since this incident did not originate in Prescott Valley’s police jurisdiction, the person was directed to contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The reason is the FTC mission is “Working to protect consumers by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices, enhancing informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process, and accomplishing this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.”
Since the FTC is a federal agency it can reach across state lines to enforce federal law whereas Prescott Valley PD is limited to its jurisdiction within Arizona. The FTC is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.
The FTC may be contacted at www.consumer.ftc.gov.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.