Questions about local advertising and going-out-of-business sales should be addressed to the jurisdiction in which the business is located. Here are the telephone numbers for the local agencies:

District of Columbia: 727-1158 for advertising complaints and 727-3645 for going-out-of-business sale information.

Alexandria: 750-6675 for advertising complaints and 750-6361 for going-out-of-business sales.

Arlington: 558-2142 for advertising complaints and 558-2511 for going-out-of-business sales.

Fairfax County: 691-3214 for advertising complaints and going-out-of-business sales.

Montgomery County: If the business is located in an incorporated area, call that area's licensing department to find out what rules, if any, exist for advertising and going-out-of-business sales. If it is in an unincorporated area, call 279-1776.

Prince George's County: 952-4700 for advertising complaints and 952-4920 for going-out-of-business sales.

Consumers also may seek help from the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Washington at 393-8000. If the advertisement is part of a national campaign, consumers should telephone the Federal Trade Commission: 724-1511 for food, drug and cosmetic ads; 724-0726 for energy-savings ads, and 724-1499 for all other product ads.