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

SENATOR FUSCHILLO WARNS PARENTS ABOUT THE GROWING TREND OF CHILD-IDENTITY THEFT

Thieves Targeting Children’s Personal Information & Social Security Numbers to Create False Identities

    Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today alerted parents, guardians and young adults about a growing trend of child identity theft. These victims may not discover their identities have been stolen until years later when they begin applying for loans, credit card accounts, or renting their first apartment.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO WARNS CONSUMERS ABOUT NEW IDENTITY THEFT SCAM

Scammers Claiming to Represent National Do Not Call Registry in Order to Steal Individuals Personal Information

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is alerting consumers about a scam in which criminals pretend to be representatives of the National Do Not Call Registry in order to steal consumers’ identities.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO WARNS CONSUMERS ABOUT NEW TEXT MESSAGE IDENTITY THEFT SCAM

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is alerting consumers about a new scam in which identity thieves steal consumers identities through text messages.

     The thieves send victims text messages which appear to be from financial institutions, utility companies or cell phone service providers.  The text messages prompt recipients to click on an imbedded link or call the listed number. When consumers reply, they are then prompted to share personal identifiable information such as a PIN or social security number.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO STRENGTHEN NEW YORK STATE’S DROP-SIDE CRIB BAN

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he sponsored to strengthen New York State’s ban on dangerous drop-side cribs has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The law expands the state’s existing drop-side crib ban to prohibit drop-side cribs from being used at child-care facilities and other places of public accommodation and ensures that New York’s law conforms with federal regulations. 

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO WARNS NEW YORKERS ABOUT DECEPTIVE STAR PROGRAM SOLICITATIONS

Letters Offer to Complete Free STAR Application at a Cost

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today advised taxpayers to beware of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply for free.

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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION INTO LAW TO BETTER PROTECT CONSUMERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsored to help protect consumers from unsolicited mailings has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

     The new law will require mail offers for the sale of monuments or memorials to be clearly marked “SOLICITATION” in large boldface type at the top of any mailing unless the solicitation has been requested by the recipient. Following the death of a family member, individuals often receive many unsolicited offers for sale of monuments and memorials, but in some cases these offers are designed to look like bills rather than advertisements. As a result, families can end up paying without realizing the mailing is an offer, not a contract.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO WARNS CONSUMERS OF ELABORATE TELEPHONE AND EMAIL TAX SCAMS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is alerting residents about phone and email scams from individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Scammers posing as IRS or State Tax Department officials are threatening New Yorkers with fines, arrest, and other penalties if they do not immediately pay a claim of owed taxes.

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