Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.'s posts related to Consumer Protection

SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES FOR SHOPLIFTERS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to raise penalties for criminals who use “booster bags” and other anti-security devices to steal merchandise from store shelves.

     “Thieves are using ‘booster bags’ to steal billions of dollars of merchandise from stores every year. Ultimately, law abiding consumers get stuck paying for these illegal shopping sprees through higher prices. Stronger laws are needed to deter individuals from using these devices to plunder store shelves and provide law enforcement greater tools to prosecute thieves,” said Senator Fuschillo.

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SENATE PASSES SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO HELP COMBAT ORGANIZED RETAIL THEFT

Legislation Would Create New Penalties for Thieves Who Use Phony Receipts to Steal From Businesses

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsors to help combat organized retail theft, a crime which costs businesses and law abiding consumers billion of dollars each year.

     The legislation would create new penalties for individuals who use counterfeit receipts or Uniform Product Code (UPC) labels to steal from retailers.

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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO HELP PREVENT RESALE OF STOLEN GOODS PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation Would Make it Harder for Professional Shoplifters to Resell Stolen Goods through Itinerant Vendors

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HELPS RESIDENTS PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST CHARITY SCAMS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is providing information to residents about how to protect themselves from charity scams following Hurricane Sandy.

    “Many residents are eager to help out those in need; however criminals may use this disaster to take advantage of people’s generosity. By following a few basic steps, residents can help protect themselves from fraud and ensure that their donation goes to those in need,” said Senator Fuschillo.

     Senator Fuschillo offered the following tips, which are provided by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the New York State Division of Consumer Protection, that consumers can follow to avoid charity scams:

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS RESIDENTS HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM HOME REPAIR SCAMS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing homeowners who sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy about precautions they should take to avoid falling victim to home repair scams.

     Senator Fuschillo offered the following tips, which are provided by the New York State Division of Consumer Protection, to residents who need to repair storm damage to their homes:

     • Avoid unlicensed contractors in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, where contractors are required to have a license. Unlicensed contractors are operating illegally in those areas;

     • Avoid contractors who show up at your doorstep unannounced or contact you through telemarketing;

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM INTRUSIVE TELEMARKETERS

New Law Will Regulate All Telemarketers Who Do Business in New York State

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R – Merrick) today announced that legislation he cosponsored to protect New Yorkers from telemarketing sales calls has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law allows the New York State Department of State to ban any telemarketing company that violates the state’s telemarketing laws from doing business in New York State.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAWS TO SAFEGUARD CONSUMERS

New Laws Authored by Senator Fuschillo Will Prevent Prison Inmates from Accessing Consumers’ Private Information & Prohibit Pay Per Call Prize Schemes

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation he sponsored to safeguard consumers has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new laws will prohibit prison inmates from having access to consumers’ private information and prohibit pay per call prize schemes in New York State.

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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM PAY-PER-CALL PRIZE SCHEMES PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to protect residents from pay-per-call prize schemes.

     “Each year, thousands of residents are targeted in pay-per-call prize schemes that promise a free prize, but ultimately swindle consumers into paying exorbitant telephone fees which often cost more than the prizes themselves. In these fraudulent ‘contests’, the clear winner is never the consumer. That’s why these schemes need to be banned in New York State,” said Senator Fuschillo.

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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM BEING CHARGED TO OBTAIN UNCLAIMED FUNDS IN THEIR NAME

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsors to protect consumers from being charged to obtain unclaimed funds. The legislation would require companies that charge a fee to obtain a consumer’s unclaimed funds to inform that person that they can obtain the funds on their own free of charge.

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