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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 […]

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We have a variety of unique programs for Seniors that cover a variety of topics our office deals with, such as scams, identity theft and also some behavioral programs like adult bullying. Our Outreach Specialists are in every corner of Pennsylvania and are looking forward to meet with your residents or community center!

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.

AG Henry, Police Warn Older Pennsylvanians to Beware of Scams; Announce Charges in ‘Sweepstakes’ and Computer ‘Anti-Virus’ Ploys

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Michelle Henry announced collaboration with Pennsylvania State Police that resulted in arrests of scammers in two separate plots to defraud and steal from older Pennsylvanians. The scams involved a Publisher’s Clearinghouse ruse, which cost a Montgomery resident $130,000, and an “anti-virus” online scam — requesting $15,000 from a Lehigh County resident […]

It’s All in the Family; AG Shapiro Nabs 2nd Scam Company in Seruya Family

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro said today he is suing a home warranty company that deceptively sold service contracts to seniors and hundreds of other consumers in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. The lawsuit against THS Group LLC, d/b/a Total Home Protection, seeks to get money back for consumers and stop the business and its officers from operating any other type of warranty scam in Pennsylvania.

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 Suing Delta Auto Protect to Get Money Back for Consumers in Repair Scam

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that his Office has filed a civil lawsuit against extended automobile warranty company Delta Auto Protect to get money back for consumers and repair shops which fell victim to its car repair scam. Delta is operated by Omega Vehicle Services LLC and its managing member Charles Seruya.

AG Shapiro, FTC and 38 AGs Shut Down Massive Charity Telefunding Scam

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a settlement concerning a fraudulent telefunding operation that bombarded 67 million consumers nationwide, with 1.3 billion deceptive charitable fundraising calls since 2008. Associated Community Services (ACS) placed 61,526,158 calls to phone numbers in Pennsylvania from Jan. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2019. In some instances, 47,562 Pennsylvania phone numbers were called more than 10 times in a week, 81,200 were called more than three times a day, 271,417 were called two times an hour, and 4,515 were called more than three times an hour.

Attorney General Shapiro Files Complaint Against Online Hobby Shop, Warns of Holiday Shopping Scams

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that the Office of Attorney General has filed a complaint against Internet Hobbies, LLC and Hobby Models, LLC, two online shops operated by co-defendants Dale and Diane Bruner. The complaint alleges that the defendants consistently failed to deliver products and failed to refund consumers’ money, violating the Commonwealth’s Consumer Protection Law.

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 […]

CASE UPDATE: Jamaician Lottery Scammer Sentenced To More Than 5 Years In Prison

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a Jamaician national named Kristoff Cain, also known as Patrick Williams, who scammed elderly Pennsylvanians out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to 70 months in prison. Attorney General Shapiro first announced Cain’s charges at a press conference in Pittsburgh in 2018.  “This sentence is justice for […]

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 […]

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