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Attorney General Josh Shapiro and U.S. Senator Bob Casey Call on FCC to Let Telephone Providers Block Robocalls that Scam Pennsylvania Seniors

AG Shapiro Testifies before U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging; Takes Joint Action with Senator Casey against Certain Kinds of Robocalls WASHINGTON, DC – Attorney General Josh Shapiro and U.S. Senator Bob Casey took joint action today to protect Pennsylvania seniors and consumers from robocalls disguised to hide or mask where they come from. Attorney […]

Two Philadelphia men found guilty of swindling senior citizen in “Grandparent Scam”

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a Philadelphia jury has found two men guilty of swindling thousands of dollars from an elderly victim through a hoax known as the “Grandparent Scam.” The case began following a complaint from the victim, who was scammed after receiving a phone call indicating his grandson needed bail […]

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Warns Pennsylvanians of Online Romance Scams

HARRISBURG — On Valentine’s Day, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is warning Pennsylvanians of romance scammers who entice people into online relationships, then ask for money and scam them. Online romance scams, commonly known as “catfishing,” are increasingly taking place in Pennsylvania and across the United States.

Attorney General Shapiro Takes on Tech Support Scams

HARRISBURG — Acknowledging National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced his office participated in a nationwide effort to combat tech support scammers, who try to trick consumers—particularly senior citizens—into buying costly tech support and repair services. The initiative was a nationwide crackdown by 20 bipartisan attorneys general, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC.) to take down scammers.

454,000 PA Seniors Protected as Aetna-Humana Merger is blocked

Office of Attorney General Among Most Active in Successful Lawsuit Showing Merger Would Harm Seniors with Medicare Advantage Plans HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro hailed a decision by a Federal judge that blocked health insurer Aetna Inc.’s acquisition of rival insurer Humana Inc., a merger which the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General opposed along […]

AG Shapiro Files Suit against Vision Property Management for ‘Rent to Own’ Scam Targeting Low-Income Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG— Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a lawsuit today against Vision Property Management (Vision) and its affiliates for operating a “rent to own” scheme that has affected more than 650 low-income families in counties across Pennsylvania. The suit alleges that Vision utilizes misleading sales tactics to lure consumers into entering “rent to own” agreements on foreclosed houses that are in serious disrepair. Unbeknownst to the consumers, the agreements provide no ownership rights, consumers face immediate ejection if they fall behind on payments, and the agreements unlawfully attempt to make the consumers responsible for expensive repairs required to make the houses habitable.

Beware of Living Trust Scams

Planning in advance for the distribution of assets at death is a good idea. While there are many ways to do this, in order to make the right decision the smart consumer needs to explore every option and consider the type of estate planning that’s appropriate for them. One device is a living trust which […]

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Kicks Off Consumer Protection Week with Western PA Residents Who Got Money Returned by Attorney General’s Office

PITTSBURGH — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today kicked off the Office of Attorney General’s participation in Consumer Protection Week by hosting a forum featuring three western Pennsylvania residents who were victimized by scams – but received restitution with the help of the Office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Shapiro and the local residents were joined at […]

Attorney General Shapiro Charges Insurance Agents with Stealing $114,000 from Clients and Selling Fake Policies in Western PA

HARRISBURG —Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced felony charges against 2 insurance agents in Allegheny and Westmoreland County for insurance fraud. In one case, an agent stole $26,247 from eight clients, including their life insurance proceeds, auto insurance premiums and even a loan.  In the other case, the agent submitted 252 phony Medicare supplement policy […]

Attorney General Shapiro Fights to Stop Illegal Robocalls that Plague Consumers

AG Shapiro to FCC: “Block these illegal robocalls” HARRISBURG — In a comment to the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and a bipartisan coalition of 29 other attorneys general are asking the federal government to adopt rules that will let telephone providers block illegal robocalls being made to consumers in Pennsylvania […]

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces Consumer Financial Protection Unit

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today he is creating a Consumer Financial Protection Unit to better protect Pennsylvania consumers from financial scams, and appointing an experienced consumer protection attorney to lead the initiative. Attorney General Shapiro announced the appointment of Nicholas Smyth, who helped create the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), as […]

AG Shapiro Files Suit against Former Mercer County Timeshare Reseller

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that his Office has filed a lawsuit against former Mercer County timeshare reseller Groupwise, Inc. and its former officers, Derek J. McGuire and Andrew J. Harkins. The suit alleges that the defendants violated the Consumer Protection Law by failing to honor the terms of their service agreements. The Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has received 88 complaints to date against Groupwise, alleging a pattern of misconduct.

CASE UPDATE: Former Uniontown Funeral Home Owner Admits Guilt in $500,000 Insurance Fraud

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower today announced a guilty plea by the former Uniontown, Fayette County, funeral home director who pocketed approximately $500,000 worth of pre-need funeral policy payments from 80 victims over a 12-year period. Stephen Kezmarsky, 51, of Uniontown, pleaded guilty Tuesday to Theft by Deception, Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds, Forgery and Insurance Fraud.

Josh Shapiro Sworn In as Pennsylvania Attorney General

The People’s Attorney General Vows to Ensure Integrity, Protect Consumers, Combat Heroin Epidemic, and Safeguard Pennsylvanians’ Rights HARRISBURG, PA – Josh Shapiro was sworn in today as Pennsylvania’s 6th elected Attorney General, vowing to ensure integrity, safeguard Pennsylvanians’ rights, health and safety, and tackle the heroin and opioid epidemic in a comprehensive way. “While I […]

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