HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro is alerting Pennsylvania consumers to be on the lookout for fake solar eclipse glasses that promise to keep consumers’ eyes safe Monday while watching the Solar Eclipse – but which don’t have the required level of protection.
On Monday, millions of Americans and Pennsylvanians will watch the Solar Eclipse. NASA is recommending anyone viewing the eclipse should use solar viewing glasses because of the powerful energy the sun expels. Legitimate solar eclipse glasses have special-purpose filters to protect your eyes, while fake glasses do not.
“We’re warning Pennsylvania consumers: Don’t get blinded by fake solar eclipse glasses,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Do some checking to make sure the glasses you buy will thoroughly protect your eyes and allow you to safely view the Solar Eclipse.”
While Pennsylvanians will not be able to see the full eclipse, we will see the moon covering about 75 to 80 percent of the sun. The same risk of damage holds true for a partially eclipsed sun, so it is important that all viewers protect their eyes.
Scammers have been capitalizing on growing consumer demand to buy glasses to view the Eclipse. According to the American Astronomical Society, fake glasses have flooded the market and there are disturbing reports. Amazon recently notified customers it was recalling certain solar eclipse glasses it sold that didn’t meet the required safety standards.
Attorney General Shapiro and the Office of Attorney General issued these public safety tips while viewing the Solar Eclipse:
“If you believe someone sold you a fake pair of solar eclipse glasses, call our Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-441-2555 or email us at email@example.com,” Shapiro said. “Don’t get blinded by this scam. Let us fight to protect your vision and you.”
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