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Identity Theft an Ongoing Concern on the IRS Annual "Dirty Dozen" List of Tax Scams to Avoid

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:02am
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a filing season alert warning taxpayers to watch out for identity theft at tax time and highlighted the crime as the first scam in the agency’s “Dirty Dozen” series.

PUC Offers Winter Storm Tips; Reminds Residents to Prepare, Report Outages and Consider Safety

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 7:24am
As residents across Pennsylvania prepare for the first major winter storm of the season – Winter Storm Jonas – the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminds customers of what to do in the event of a power outage.

IRS Ready to Start 2016 Tax Season; Encourages use of and e-File; Works with States, Industry on Identity Theft Refund Fraud

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 8:03am
The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s 2016 individual income tax filing season opens Jan. 19. Here is some important information for this filing year.

Attorney General's office offers tips for Commonwealth residents considering health club memberships

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 9:30am
The Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection reminds citizens making fitness New Year's resolutions that it is important to know your rights before signing a contract with any fitness facility.

PUC Surveys Show Strong Need for Heating Assistance Programs – Struggling Consumers Urged to Seek Help & 'Prepare Now'

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:10am
Report shows there are more than 1 million confirmed low-income electric and natural gas customers being served by utilities under the PUC’s jurisdiction and utilities estimate that nearly 2 million customers may actually fit that classification – potentially including about 27 percent of all utility households in Pennsylvania.

FTC Secures $4.4 Million From Online Payday Lenders to Settle Deception Charges

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 2:23pm
Two payday lenders have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they illegally charged consumers across the country undisclosed and inflated fees. The two companies, Red Cedar Services Inc. and SFS Inc., have each paid $2.2 million and collectively waived $68 million in fees to consumers that were not collected.

New PUC Report Shows Over 24,000 Homes Without Heat-Related Utilities or Using Unsafe Heat: Consumers Urged to Call About Winter Heating Aid

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 8:18am
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission released the results of its annual Cold Weather Survey, which showed that more than 24,000 Pennsylvania households are entering the winter season without heat-related utility service or using unsafe heating sources. The PUC urged consumers without heat to contact their utilities as soon as possible about various programs to help them afford and maintain essential utility services.

PUC Cautions PA Consumers of Phone Scam Involving Energy Bills, Reminds Consumers of Shut-Off Procedures

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 2:05pm
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reminds consumers across Pennsylvania to be cautious of telephone scams involving energy bills and reminded consumers of utility shut-off procedures.

Free Mortgage Foreclosure Seminar in Delaware County - December 17

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 9:10am
The Delaware County Bar Association is sponsoring a free seminar on Mortgage Foreclosure on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. in the Delaware County Bar Association Auditorium in Media.

Attorney General offers guidance for a hassle-free holiday season

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 11:37am
With the holiday gift giving season upon us, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane encourages Pennsylvania consumers to be aware of retail purchase and exchange policies, shopping scams and gift card expiration rules and fees before making purchases.

PUC Releases Video on Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits, Offering Tips for Consumers to Save Energy and Money This Winter

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 2:46pm
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has released an educational video on home energy audits, offering tips for consumers to detect and correct issues in their home to save both energy and money this winter.

Tips for Cyber Monday success

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 9:40am
Each year, Cyber Monday promises unbelievable savings – but before you start snagging deals, here are some tips from the Federeal Trade Commission to help you save money and protect your personal information.

PUC Offers Black Friday Top Five Tips for Energy Shopping & Savings

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 11:37am
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission offers consumers a “Top Five” list of Black Friday tips for energy savings and shopping.

Banking and Securities Department Urges Consumers to Avoid Illegal ‘Easy Money’ Loans

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 8:03am
The PA Department of Banking and Securities urges consumers to avoid the lure of “easy money” loans from unlicensed, out-of-state lenders during the holiday season, when individuals and families may be experiencing added financial stress.

FTC Amends Telemarketing Rule to Ban Payment Methods Used by Scammers

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:32am
The Federal Trade Commission has approved final amendments to its Telemarketing Sales Rule, including a change that will help protect consumers from fraud by prohibiting four discrete types of payment methods favored by con artists and scammers.

Family Law Help Desk in Scranton - November 23

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 2:17pm
Lackawanna Pro Bono will be holding a free Family Law Help Desk at the Family Court Administration Office, 200 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA. on November 23. Registration is required.

FTC and Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Partners Announce Nationwide Crackdown Against Abusive Debt Collectors

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:30am
The Federal Trade Commission and other law enforcement authorities around the country announced the first coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative targeting deceptive and abusive debt collection practices.

Free Birth Certificate Clinic for PA Veterans - Nov 19 (Chester County)

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 7:41am
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA is partnering with the Chester County Bar Association to hold a Free Birth Certificate Clinic for Veterans on November 19, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m, at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Governor Wolf Kicks Off the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Season

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 8:15am
Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Gladys M. Brown on November 2 to kick off the start of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2015-16 season.