John J. Flanagan's posts related to Consumer Protection

Consumer Alert Regarding Target Information Breach

Retailer Target has announced that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.  According to Target, if you used your credit or debit card in any of their stores, it is potential that your information was accessed. 


Helpful Holiday Safety And Shopping Tips

     To help make this holiday season as safe and enjoyable as possible, I put together this holiday safety section to help you protect your family, your home and your identity during this busy season.

     This information is designed to help you have the most enjoyable holiday season. From tips to protect you when you shop to links with information regarding toy safety and recalls, this section is designed to put all the information you need for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season in one convenient location.

     Please feel free to contact my office at 631-361-2154 or e-mail me at if you have any questions or comments about this site or any issue of importance to your family.


PSEG Long Island Warns Customers About an Email Payment Scam

PSEG Long Island is alerting customers not to be defrauded by a scam in which fraudulent emails appear to be bills sent from their utility. The emails request personal information from the customer, leading to identity theft.

PSEG Long Island has received reports of customers receiving such emails and urges its customers to be wary of these types of suspicious emails.  The utility would not ask its customers to provide personal information online without first logging into My Account.


Identity Theft Protection Information

It’s not just pick-pockets who steal your credit cards and money anymore. Advances in computer technology have made it possible for ID thieves to ruin your credit and tarnish your good name. Below are tips to protect you and your family.


Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace Announces Data Breach

Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace has announced that it has become the latest in a long line of companies which has had their customers’ credit data breached. The breach affects an unknown number of credit and debit card customers in three stores (Smithtown, East Meadow and Port Washington) who shopped there between late January and the end of February.