Be a Smart Consumer

Scams and other types of consumer fraud are measured in millions and billions: millions of victims and billions of dollars lost each year. To avoid them, consumers need to spot the warning signs:

IRS Scam

ATM Skimmer Scam

E-mail Tax Return Scam

Cell Phone Smishing Scam

College Fund Scam

Medical Device Scam

Grandparent Scam

Craigslist Employment Scam

After Death ("Ghosting") Scam

Online Dating Scam

Jury Duty Scam

Utilities Fraud

Card-Cracking Scam

One Ring Scam

Funeral Scam

Tax Preparation Scam

Post Disaster

Debt Collection Scams

Airline Tickets Scam

Time-Share Resale Scams

Scam Alert Archive

CONSUMER TIPS

Beauty Salons and Spas

Refunds, Rebates, and Rainchecks

Toys: A Plan to Keep Your Child Safe

Consumer Guide to Online Shopping

Consumer Guide for Purchasing Hearing Aids

Consumer Guide to buying, selling or renting real estate in New York State | Spanish

Federal Trade Commission: Shopping and Saving


GUIDES & PUBLICATIONS

Senior Anti-Fraud Education (SAFE) | Spanish | Haitian-Creole | Italian | Korean | Russian | Chinese |

Avoiding Scams - A Consumer Guide | Spanish

Choosing and Using Credit Cards

Businesses: NYS Information Security Breach and Notification Act

Holiday Shopping

Identity TheftSpanish

A New York Consumer Guide to Weathering a Storm

Looking to Buy or Rent Property in New York State? | Spanish Online Shopping Tips

Safeguarding Your Child's Identity | Spanish | Haitian-Creole | Italian | Korean | Russian | Chinese

Toy Safety Checklist

Debts You Owe and Debts You Don't


ANNUAL REPORTS

2017 Division of Consumer Protection Annual Report

2016 Division of Consumer Protection Annual Report

2015 Division of Consumer Protection Annual Report

2014 Division of Consumer Protection Annual Report

2011 Division of Consumer Protection Annual Report