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What Are Social Security-Related Scams?

Criminals continue to impersonate SSA and other government agencies in an attempt to obtain personal information or money. Scammers might call, email, text, write, or message you on social media...

 

NYS Dept of Consumer Protection Warns of Credit & Debit Card Skimming Scams

Secretary Rodriguez: “I urge all New Yorkers to stay informed and pay close attention for signs of tampering when using an ATM, gas station pump or other card reading machine to help protect t...

 

CONSUMER ALERT: NYS Div. of Consumer Protection Alerts

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) today released tips to inform and empower New York consumers purchasing gift cards and gift certificates this holiday season. Any gift cards...

 

CONSUMER ALERT: NYS Div. of Consumer Protection Provides Tips to Help Consumers Navigate the Holiday Shopping Season

Apart of its five-part consumer alert holiday series, the Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection reminds shoppers of New York State laws that protect consumers so they can make i...

 

NYS Division of Consumer Protection Provides Tips to Avoid Charity Impersonation Scams

Follow These Tips to Donate Wisely and Avoid Charity Scams The New York State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) aims to raise awareness about charity scams. Donations of a...

 

NYS Consumer Protection Issues Warnings for Consumers as Holiday Season Approaches

Part One: Tips to Help Consumers Shop Safely Online as Holiday Season Gets an Early Start The New York Department of State’s Consumer Protection Division (DCP) announced the rollout of a five-part c...

 

NYS DCP Offers Grandparents Tips to Avoid the Ever-Evolving Grandparent Scam

In recognition of Grandparents Day held on September 11th, the New York State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) calls attention to scams targeting grandparents. This date i...

 

NYS Division of Consumer Protection urges families to follow guidance to help minimize the risk of child identity theft

In recognition of National Child Identity Theft Awareness Day on September 1st, the Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) urges parents to take preventative actions to safeguard their children’s i...

 

State Division of Consumer Protection Reminds Consumers that Gender Pricing is Prohibited in NYS

New York’s Gender Price Equity Law Means “Pink or Blue” Should Not Matter” In honor of Women’s Equality Day, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) reminds consumers that gender-ba...

 

NYS Division of Consumer Protection Provides Targeted Back-To-School Tips for Parents and Children

As summer winds down and parents begin getting their students ready to go back to school, the NYS Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is providing targeted scam prevention and shopping tips for...

 

New York State Division of Consumer Protection Offers Tips for Summer Travel

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) reminds New Yorkers of their rights as summer travel heats up. Travel disputes remain one of the top complaints handled by DCP. In 2021, DCP...

 

NYS Division of Consumer Protection Offers Tips to New Yorkers to Save Money at the Gas Pump

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) recommends useful tips to help New Yorkers save money every time they fill up. As gas prices continue to hit record highs, 16 cents per...

 

The NYS Division of Consumer Protection Provides Safety Tips to Follow When Using Gas or Charcoal Grills

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many New Yorkers, and with it, the start of the grilling season. As New Yorkers get ready to fire up their grills this Memorial Day weekend, the New...

 

Updated USDA Report Says All Food Prices Will Continue to Increase

Thinking of planting a garden this year – this might be the year to do it with the rising cost of food prices. Per the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) newly updated March 2022 report on food pri...

 

5 Incredible Budgeting Apps: Take Control of Your Money and Supercharge Your Savings

Budgeting just sounds so un-fun. It conjures up images of penny pinching and math. But budgeting doesn’t have to be like that. Not now, not with all the great new apps that make budgeting a breeze. W...

 

Consumer Alert: The Division of Consumer Protection Urges New Yorkers to be Aware of Latest Crop of Novel Coronavirus Scams

(March 26, 2020) The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers about scammers taking advantage of the novel coronavirus. Scammers are using techniques that typically...

 

NYS Attorney General James Releases Top 10 Consumer Frauds of 2019

Attorney General James also offered consumers the following list of tips they should use to protect themselves and their families going into 2020: 1. Internet: If you receive a telephone call or a...

 

The Division of Consumer Protection Urges New Yorkers to be Aware of Novel Coronavirus Scams

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers about scammers taking advantage of fears surrounding the novel coronavirus. Scammers are using fake emails that contain...

 

'Tis the Season for Shopping: NYS Division of Consumer Protection Reminds New Yorkers to Make Informed Decisions During the Holiday Shopping Season

(November 25, 2019) The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) reminds New Yorkers to be informed consumers when purchasing gifts this holiday season, including upcoming Black Friday...

 

BBB Offers Tips for Back-to-School Shopping

Buffalo, NY (August 15, 2019) Parents and students expect to spend more than ever on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. If you -- or a s...

 

NYS Division of Consumer Protection Alerts Consumers to Phone Scammers Spoofing Government Agencies

(August 02, 2019) The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers of an increase in phone scammers purporting to be from official state agencies attempting to steal personal...

 

NYS AG James Holds Equifax Accountable by Securing $600 Million Payment in Largest Data Breach Settlement in History

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that she has co-led a coalition of 50 Attorneys General in reaching the largest data breach settlement in history with Equifax Inc., as a...

 

File Your Tax Return Even if You Can't Pay What You Owe Now

(March 11, 2019) New York State Taxpayer Rights Advocate Margaret Neri reminds taxpayers not to delay filing their personal income tax return if they owe money but can’t immediately pay. The Tax D...

 

Secret Shopper: Sounds Cool Until It's a Scam

Buffalo, NY (January 15, 2019) You’ve been invited to check out a favorite retailer by secretly shopping the store and evaluate the quality of service, product availability, and, the best part - keep...

 

Tax Filing Tips from the New York State Tax Department

(January 11, 2019) The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is encouraging taxpayers to prepare for income tax filing season by reviewing some important tips that can ease the process and...

 

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