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Attorney General Introduces New Consumer Protection Chief

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Today, Attorney general Tim Fox officially introduced Montana's new Chief of the Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services in Helena.

Former Dean of the University of Montana School of Law, Ed Eck says moving to the chief's desk at the Office of Consumer Protection was up for discussion for sometime, and it was a move he was delighted to make.

"I mean to me it looked like a tremendous opportunity," Eck said. "Like any new opportunity, you say, gosh, I have these strengths I can bring to the table, but if you're realistic, you'll recognize there's some other things you've got to bone up on."

The strengths Eck brings to the table comes from 32 years as a professor teaching courses about wills and trusts. He was also nominated by President George Bush, serving a total of 5 years on the IRS Oversight Committee. As Chief, Eck plans to implement more outreach programs to consumers as well as promoting more consumer education.

"What I really think is that a number of people are unaware of our office," Eck said. "One of my goals is to make them more aware, improve our website, and improve our social media. Like we all make mistakes, we're embarrassed and sometimes we don't raise the issue. And i'm just hoping that embarrassment subsides and more calls are made."

The OCP is already working on improving the way scam alerts are sent out to the public.

Eck said, "We're going to try to get out more scam alerts to news media, but also to individuals who want to sign up and be on our list so we can be communicating more quickly with whatever we're hearing about"

Consumers can sign up for these alerts by visiting the Department of Justice website.

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