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Consumer Assistance Hotline:
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(800) 697-1220

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The New York State Department of State Division of Consumer Protection issues alerts regularly on a variety of issues affecting consumers. These alerts keep consumers informed and empowered with tools to use to maximize their marketplace experience.

Scam Alerts
Read about recent scams affecting New York consumers.

Recall Alerts
Learn which consumer products have been deemed unsafe, hazardous or defective. Product safety recalls are issued almost daily and it is imperative that consumers stay informed. The Division is the New York State designee to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Family Dollar Recalls “Tough Treadz Auto Carrier Toy Sets” Nationwide

Scam Prevention

Anatomy of a Scam
Understand how scammers use various techniques to try to defraud consumers.

Business Opportunity Scam
Thinking about buying a business? Learn what questions to ask to help you
determine if a business opportunity is a scam or the real deal.

Tips to Avoid Scams
Follow these steps to help avoid falling victim to scams.

How to Report Scam E-mails
Report e-mails you suspect are fake to the authorities.

Scams Targeting Our Armed Forces
The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection has prepared this material to help arm our military with the information they need to protect themselves and their families from becoming a victim of scams. Read about the most common senior scams and some tips to help older adults stay safe.

Scams Targeting Older Adults
Read about the most common senior scams and some tips to help older adults stay safe.

Governor Cuomo Warns New Yorkers to Avoid Home Building Contractor Scams