Office of Consumer Protection

The Office of Consumer Protection is a division of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services. Whether we are mediating disputes, taking enforcement action or providing tips on how to avoid scams or make smart purchasing decisions, we are helping to protect Howard County's consumers.


Be on the Alert for a new Gift Card Scam


If gift cards are on your shopping list, be on the lookout for a new scam that could turn your generous gift into a useless piece of plastic. Learn how.

Grahpic for the Consumer Protection Forum
Thursday, February 28 / 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd. / Laurel, MD 20723

Join U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and The Howard County Office of Consumer Protection for a discussion focusing on your rights as a consumer. FREE, but please register in advance.


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Howard County Consumer Protection

9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

410-313-6420 (voice/relay)

410-313-6453 (fax)







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