Identity theft is the number one consumer fraud complaint, affecting over 9 million Americans every year. However, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands:
STEPS TO TAKE TO PREVENT ID THEFT (from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Federal Trade Commission):
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7277A), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti, that would require certain retail chain stores to disclose their unit pricing in an effort to make shopping less confusing for customers looking for the best values. The changes would only affect stores with more than $2.5 million in annual sales. Consumers are faced with an array of packages for items such as soap, coffee, cosmetics, detergents, and paper products, as well as some foods, including pet foods. Unit pricing is the only true means a customer has to find the best value between brands and packaging sizes.
The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.“This legislation finally gives consumers the protections needed from unwanted telemarketers,” said Senator Zeldin, Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee. “By allowing individuals the ability to opt-out and by strengthening the state's registry for telemarketers, we will be reducing the flood of calls to protect New Yorkers."
SENATE PASSES BILL TO ADDRESS COSTLY TELEPHONE SCAMSLegislation Protects Consumers From “Remote Call Forwarding” Charges The New York State Senate today passed a bill to stop scammers from charging phone customers who are unwittingly forwarded to additional and costly phone numbers. The bill (S7652), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), requires better notification if consumers calling a phone number for information are then prompted to call a second number that charges hefty fees.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a series of bills to better protect New Yorkers' privacy and personal information, and help combat consumer scams. The new laws include measures to prohibit the hiring of inmates for any job that would give them access to the Social Security numbers of other people (A.8375-A / S.7594.A), to limit instances where entities are allowed to request New Yorkers' Social Security numbers (A.8992-A / S.6608-A), and to improve consumer regulations to prohibit prize award schemes that require a customer to make a pay-per-call service phone call (A.4365-A / S.7595).