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10/30/2014 - 10.30.14 Beware of Scams During Open Enrollment Season READ MORE
6/17/2014 - 06.17.14 Howard County Launches New Website to Educate and Help Residents Avoid Scams READ MORE
4/16/2014 - 05.23.14 Caution Urged in Selecting Contractors to Repair Storm Damage READ MORE
5/23/2014 - 04.16.14 County Executive Ulman Seeks Member for Consumer Affairs Advisory Board(2) READ MORE
5/16/2013 - 05.16.13 Learn How To Protect Your Family, Friends and Neighbors From Identity Theft READ MORE
6/11/2012 - 06.11.12 Ulman Asks Residents to Report Signs of Elder Abuse READ MORE

Consumer Affairs


It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of holiday shopping.  Here are 4 tips to help make you a better holiday shopper.

Overwhelmed by end-of-year requests for charitable donations? Before you give, click here!


Scam Alert! Learn about the latest scams, how to identify scams and report scams

Information for Landlords and Tenants - Learn how to protect your rights when leasing residential property


The Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs, a division of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, provides consumer information, assists in resolving consumer-merchant disputes and enforces Howard County consumer protection laws.  For more information, refer to the information listed on the right side of this page.


Do you have a dispute with a merchant?  File a complaint  

Do you have a question about the Office of Consumer Affairs or the services we provide?  Send us an e-mail: consumer@howardcountymd.gov  



Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs 
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive 
Columbia, MD 21046 
 e-mail: consumer@howardcountymd.gov  
 Fax: 410-313-6453  
TTY: 410-313-5927  
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