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This section of PALawHelp.org has resources about Consumer Protection information and issues in Pennsylvania.

  • Consumer Fotonovelas

    As part of it's ongoing effort to raise awareness about scams targeting the Latino community, the FTC has developed a series of “fotonovelas” in Spanish. The stories are based on complaints to the FTC from Spanish speakers throughout the nation and offer practical tips to help detect and stop common scams. Read More

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Consumer Protection Programs in PA (Video)

    Three-part excerpt from Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" cable access television show broadcast on Erie Cablevision (Channel 2) in Erie, PA. NWLS interviews PA Attorney General Tom Corbett concerning consumer protection programs offered by the PA Attorney General's office, especially those that help vulnerable and/or low-income Pennsylvanians. (4-16-08) Read More

    By:
    Northwestern Legal Services
  • How Scammers Tell You To Pay

    This video from the Federal Trade Commission describes some methods scammers use to make you send them money. By learning how scammers ask you to pay, find out how to spot – and stop – scams. Read More

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Lancaster County: Judge Henry S. Kenderdine Jr. Self Help Center

    Located on the first floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse, the Lancaster County Court Self Help Center opened in July 2004. The main purpose of the center is to provide one central location where self-represented litigants can obtain some of the information and forms that they may need to represent themselves in certain types of court actions. Read More

    By:
    Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas
  • Money! Money! Money! (Video)

    Consumer Law Tips for Survivors of Domestic Violence: Basic ideas about money management, some good ideas and some mistakes to avoid. Read More

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Online Reviews and Recommendations

    This video from the Federal Trade Commission describes how consumers can evaluate online reviews and recommendations when shopping. Read More

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Payday loans explained (Video)

    When cash is tight, some people turn to payday and similar loans to make ends meet. For some people payday loans become debt traps and our new rule aims to end the cycle of debt. Read More

    By:
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Pennsylvania Consumer Safety Issues (Audio-MP3)

    Episode of Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" Radio show broadcast on JET 1400 AM in Erie, PA on 7/26/07. Consumer legal issues in Pennsylvania such as cyber safety, identity theft, and the do-not-call list are discussed with Attorney General Tom Corbett. (27:32) Read More

    By:
    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Prepaid Card Protections

    This video provides information on how new rules makes prepaid accounts safer to use – whether you’re swiping a card at the register, shopping online, or scanning your smartphone. Read More

    By:
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Protect Yourself From Con Artists

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services regarding how to protect yourself from con artists and things to be aware of to avoid being victimized by them. Read More

    By:
    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Scams Targeting Senior Citizens in Pennsylvania (Video)

    Three-part excerpt from Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" cable access television show broadcast on Erie Cablevision (Channel 2) in Erie, PA. June 28, 2007 Host: Robert Oakley, Esq., NWLS Director Guests: Linda J. Williams, Esq., Chief Deputy Attorney General of PA and John Tokarczyk, Senior Supervisory Agent, PA Bureau of Consumer Protection Read More

    By:
    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Work at Home Schemes

    Consumer Advisory from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General about the pitfalls of many offers of big money from working at home. Read More

    By:
    Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General