Consumer News Resources


NEWSCENTER 16 receives hundreds of phone calls and emails a week. We try to answer all of them because your issues are important to us, but we can't do a television news story on every problem. Sometimes just knowing who to call may help you find an end to your dilemma. We compiled a list of phone numbers below that may help.

FIND HELP IN INDIANA

Elkhart County

Better Business Bureau 574-262-8996
Victim Assistance 574-523-2237

Fulton County

 
Better Business Bureau 574-423-4433
Prosecutor's Office 574-223-6147

Kosciusko County

 
Better Business Bureau 800-439-5313
Prosecutor's Office 574-372-2419

LaGrange County

 
Better Business Bureau 260-423-4433
Prosecutor's Office 260-463-7156

LaPorte County

 
Better Business Bureau 800-439-5313
Prosecutor's Office 219-326-6808

Marshall County

 
Better Business Bureau 800-439-5313
Victim Assistance 574-935-8609

Noble County

 
Better Business Bureau 260-423-4433
Prosecutor's Office 260-636-2193

Pulaski County

 
Better Business Bureau 317-488-2222 www.michiana.bbb.org
Prosecutor's Office 574-946-7676

St. Joseph County

 
Better Business Bureau 574-277-9121
Prosecutor's Office 574-235-9544

Starke County

 
Better Business Bureau 317-488-2222
Prosecutor's Office 574-772-7200

FIND HELP IN MICHIGAN

Berrien County
 
Better Business Bureau 574-277-9121 www.michiana.bbb.org
Victim Witness Coordinator 269-982-8640

Cass County

 
Better Business Bureau 269-774-8236
Prosecutor's Office 269-445-4460
Better Business Bureau of
Western Michigan
800-684-3222

OTHER RESOURCES

Attorney General
Handles complaints from consumers and business ranging from used cars to licensed professionals.
 
Indiana 800-382-5516
http://www.ai.org/attorneygeneral
 
Michigan 517-373-1140
http://www.ag.state.mi.us/
 

American Medical Association

Provides services to consumers who would like to know a physician's credentials.
 
http://www.ama-assn.org  
312-464-5000  

Association for Children for Enforcement of Support

"ACES" is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting those whose parents fail to pay child support.
 
800-537-7072  

Email Fraud

Report bogus e-mails by e-mailing them to the Federal Trade Commission at uce@ftc.gov.
 
Environmental Protection Agency
Provides services to consumers who have questions about environmental issues or regions.
 
312-353-2000  
800-621-8431  
Indiana Civil Rights Commission 317-232-2600
Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights 269-925-7044 (Benton Harbor)

Provides services to citizens who feel they've been discriminated against based on race, religion, national origin, and sex; in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, or credit.

Departments of Transportation
These departments are responsible for state road maintenance.

Indiana Department of Transportation 317-232-5533
Michigan Department of Transportation 517-373-2160
 
Legal Services of Northern Indiana
Provides services for low-income persons on civil matters, neighborhood mediation service to help people resolve problems, notification of rights for the elderly, and free financial and legal counseling for financially troubled farmers in 33 northern Indiana counties.

574-234-8121
 
Berrien County Legal Services Department
This agency provides services for low-income persons on civil maters.

269-983-6363 (main office)
888-418-1311 (help line)
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