DCP: News Releases from the Department of Consumer Protection

2015 news releases
12/17/2015HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS FOR CONSUMERS
 
12/15/2015COMMISSIONER JONATHAN A. HARRIS SHARES HOLIDAY SHOPPING WARNINGS
 
11/19/2015UPDATE ON CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS INVESTIGATION
  This is an update on the Department of Consumer Protection's investigation into crumbling concrete foundations.
 
11/17/2015STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER 5 CARD CASH INVESTIGATION
 
10/29/2015Warning Regarding Medicare Mailers
  Connecticut Better Business Bureau, AARP Connecticut and the Department of Consumer Protection Issue Alert about Medicare Mailers
 
10/21/2015DCP Alerts Consumers to the Dangers of Certain Recalled Chests
  DCP warns retailers to not re-sell these chests, and reminds consumers and sellers to disable the locks immediately.
 
10/14/2015Activities Of James Delmaro
 
9/15/2015Comprenda las opciones que tiene al evaluar un contrato de combustible para calefacción
 
9/1/2015Training for Pharmacists to Prescribe Naloxone is Now Available
  A provision of Public Act 15-198, An Act Concerning Substance Abuse and Opioid Overdose Prevention, allows pharmacists who have been trained and certified, to prescribe naloxone...
 
8/6/2015State Warns Businesses about “Official” Reporting Scam
  Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Attorney General George Jepsen are warning businesses across Connecticut about bogus forms being sent by the “Division of Corporate Services” seeking payment for an “Annual Records Statement,” alleging that payment is required by Connecticut law...
 
8/4/2015Understand Your Options When Considering a Heating Fuel Contract
  Given the temperature outside, heating fuel may not be on the minds of most people. But choosing a home heating fuel company for next winter should not be a last-minute decision. In the coming weeks, homeowners are likely to receive mailers...
 
7/22/2015Don’t Let an Online Reservation Cause an Unhappy Vacation
  If you’re looking online for the best hotel rates, don’t fall for a great price until you know with whom you’re dealing. Just because a webpage looks like the official site ...
 
7/8/2015What to Know When Hiring a Mover
  If moving your home or your vehicle is on your to-do list this summer, the Department of Consumer Protection wants you to steer clear of preventable problems and scams...
 
6/10/2015Department Launches Application Process for Additional Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facilities
  The application deadline is September 18th...
 
6/9/2015Department Warns: Paving Scammers Rolling into Connecticut
  The Department is reminding consumers to avoid offers from door to door pavers, and to notify local police of their whereabouts if they are seen...
 
6/5/2015Department of Consumer Protection Issues Alert about Invoice Scheme
  The Department is alerting the public about a business that sent bogus invoices to companies and organizations in Connecticut. Commissioner Harris warns businesses and other organizations to avoid this, and similar schemes, by carefully verifying...
 
5/22/2015Department of Consumer Protection Suggests “Homework” for Holiday Weekend
  Going into this long Memorial Day weekend -- a perfect time to start home improvement projects -- the Department reminds property owners to do their homework when planning a home repair job, an addition, or other home improvement, and offers suggestions...
 
5/21/2015Free Homebuyer Workshop to Feature Real Estate and Financing Experts
  Anyone thinking about buying a home is invited to a free two-hour evening program on May 27th...
 
5/19/2015AG, DCP Join Historic Multistate Lawsuit Against Four Sham Cancer Charities
  Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris and Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that Connecticut, all 49 other states, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against four sham cancer charities and those responsible...
 
5/18/2015Department of Consumer Protection Will Draft Regulations to Add Three Conditions to Those Approved for Palliative Marijuana Use
  Commissioner Jonathan A . Harris announced today that his agency will draft regulations to add three new conditions to those that qualify for palliative use of medical marijuana in Connecticut. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Fabry Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis, were reviewed and voted upon by the program’s Board of Physicians in April...
 
5/14/2015Aggressive New "Grandparent Scam" Reported in State
  In a newly reported scam targeting older adults, callers demand money immediately to free a kidnapped relative and threaten physical harm to the relative if funds are not delivered...
 
5/12/2015State Joins $158 Million National Settlements with Verizon and Sprint
  Connecticut, along with all 49 other states and the District of Columbia, have reached settlements with Sprint Corporation and Verizon Wireless to resolve allegations that the companies participated in a practice known as data cramming...
 
5/6/2015Springtime Refresher: What to Know About Working with a Real Estate Agent
  The Department has suggestions for potential buyers and sellers as they enter the real estate market, and will offer a free workshop with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) later this month...
 
5/1/2015Donate Carefully for Nepal Disaster Relief: Avoid Charities Fraud
  The Department reminds consumers to carefully check out charities before donating money to aid in relief efforts...
 
4/22/2015On Earth Day, State Officials Offer Advice on Solar Energy Promotions and Installation
  On Earth Day 2015, Attorney General George Jepsen, Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris and Connecticut Green Bank President Bryan Garcia are urging consumers to do their homework when considering whether to purchase or lease...
 
4/17/2015Department Reminds Parents to Discuss Consequences of Underage Drinking during Alcohol Awareness Month
  With warmer weather, prom season and other social events keeping families busy and out of the house, springtime is the perfect time to start or revisit conversations with teens against underage drinking, Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris said today...
 
4/6/2015State Agencies Partner Up to Host Two Shredding Events on April 18th
  Four Connecticut state agencies are teaming up to help consumers shred unneeded documents and further protect their personal information...
 
3/10/2015Governor Malloy: State Offers Advice to Homeowners During This Season's Snow Thaw
  With winter weather appearing to finally loosen its grip on Connecticut and warmer temperatures steadily approaching, homeowners should caution themselves and keep an eye on indoor leaking...
 
3/3/2015Top 10 Consumer Complaints for 2014; Advice for Consumer Protection Week -- Stay Informed, Pass it On
  The Department today issued its annual “Top Ten” list of consumer complaints for the past year as part of Consumer Protection Week. According to a review of more than 5,500 written consumer complaints received in 2014, telecommunications-related complaints led the pack...
 
3/2/2015Governor Malloy Announces Launch of Mobile Tool to Help Residents Find Medical and Home Supplies During Emergencies
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Department of Consumer Protection today announced the launch of a brand new public tool in the event of a natural disaster, storm or other type of emergency that will provide consumers with information they need in order to quickly and safely get medicine, supplies, or treatment when travel is difficult and business closures are widespread...
 
2/24/2015State Officials Urge Connecticut Residents to Sign Up for Free Anthem Protections
  Health insurer Anthem, Inc. has informed state officials that 1,716,436 Connecticut residents who are current or past Anthem or Blue Plan customers were impacted by the massive data breach disclosed earlier this month, yet only only 315,000 individuals nationwide have signed up for the free protections....
 
2/17/2015Department of Consumer Protection Warns Consumers about IRS Tax Debt Relief Offers
  The Department is warning consumers today about companies that are now making dubious claims about helping you “settle your tax debt,” or “avoid tax liens and levies,” and is advising residents to steer clear...
 
2/11/2015Consumer Alert: Consumers with RadioShack Gift Cards to Redeem Unused Balances Immediately
  Electronic retailer filed for bankruptcy; consumers should use gift cards, return unwanted merchandise as soon as possible...
 
2/9/2015State Officials Warn Consumers: Beware, IRS Phone Scams Still Active
  Scammers targeting taxpayers by representing that they're from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are still active, and consumers should NOT give in to their bogus demands, Governor Malloy, Attorney General Jepsen, Consumer Protection Commissioner Harris, and Revenue Services Commissioner Sullivan said today...
 
2/6/2015Department Advises Anthem Consumers to Monitor Medical Statements Following Data Breach
  Anthem customers should check not only their credit reports and financial statements carefully, but also medical and insurance statements, including the Explanation of Benefits statements for signs of misuse...
 
2/5/2015State Officials Caution Anthem Consumers in Connecticut about Nationwide Data Breach
  Officials are asking Anthem Inc. for more information about a reported data breach that may have compromised personal information of its customers across the state...
 
2/4/2015Cuando pase la tormenta: emplee al contratista adecuado para el trabajo
 
2/2/2015Department of Consumer Protection Will Draft Regulations to Add Three Conditions to Those Approved for Palliative Marijuana Treatment
  Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A . Harris announced today that he concurs with the recommendations of the Medical Marijuana Board of Physicians and will draft regulations that would add three new conditions to the existing list of eleven that qualify for palliative treatment with medical marijuana in Connecticut...
 
1/29/2015Avoid Companies Offering Student Loan Debt Relief for a Fee
  In ads on the internet, through social media or by direct mail, these operations promise loan forgiveness, consolidation, or refinancing -- the catch is you’re asked to pay upfront...
 
1/28/2015After the Storm: Hire the Right Contractor for the Job
  Anyone who needs home services or suffers damage to their property as a result of a storm or other natural disaster wants to get the job done as soon as possible, but hiring someone who comes calling uninvited could lead to more problems...
 
1/26/2015DCP, Attorney General Remind Residents that Price Gouging on Consumer Items, Energy Resources Prohibited
  In light of the impending severe winter storm, Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris and Attorney General George Jepsen are reminding residents and retailers that state law prohibits price gouging on consumer items and energy resources...
 
1/15/2015Don’t Pay for Financial Aid Forms or Information, State Officials Advise
  High school seniors and college students applying for college financial aid are advised to steer clear of companies charging fees for financial aid forms...
 
1/14/2015Is Getting Fit One of Your New Year’s Resolutions?
  If your plans for 2015 include a commitment to improve your health and fitness, the Department has suggestions to help ensure that your positive new venture doesn’t result in financial injury...