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                                         Published for the Borough of Queens

          VOLUME 24, NO. 49                                   THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019                                                   25 CENTS

               ‘Tis the Season For Shopping:                       Suozzi Meets With UJA-Federation of New York
 The Queens Times  NYS Division of Consumer

              Protection Reminds New Yorkers to
             Make Informed Decisions During the
                    Holiday Shopping Season
                The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP)
           today reminds New Yorkers to be informed consumers when
           purchasing gifts this holiday season, including upcoming Black
           Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
                According to the FBI’s 2018 Internet Crime Report, New
           Yorkers rank among the top ten states claiming a total loss of
           over $100 million resulting from cyber-related crimes.  Many
           of the complaints originate from interaction on social media.
                New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, “As the
           holiday shopping season kicks into full gear with Black Friday
           and Cyber Monday, the opportunities for unsuspecting consum-
           ers to fall victim to unscrupulous scammers increase. To stay
           safe this holiday season, I urge all New Yorkers to follow the
           helpful tips provided by the Division of Consumer Protection.”
                This holiday season, and all year long, consumers are urged
           to keep the following tips in mind when making purchases:
                Gift Cards & Gift Certificates: When buying a gift card,
           consumers should make sure the packaging and security seals
           are intact. Consumers should use caution when buying gift cards
           from third parties or online auctions, as it is difficult to verify
           the dollar amount remaining. Consumers should always review
           the fine print and check for hidden fees or any restrictions on the
           use of the gift card. Per New York State law, a gift card cannot   Suozzi Promoted the “Never Again Education Act” and Speaks Out Against Anti-Semitism
           expire any earlier than five years from the date of purchase.   and Hate Speech. The Never Again Education Act will give teachers across the United
           Likewise, ‘dormancy fees’ for non-use cannot be imposed if   States the resources and training they need to teach our children the important lessons of
           the card is used within two years of the purchase date, and any   the Holocaust. See story on page 8.
           such fees must be waived where the cardholder uses it within
           three years of the purchase date.
                Consumers should be particularly cautious about callers
           claiming to be from the government or utility company saying   Council Member Francisco Moya And

                           (Continued on page 2)                      Community Organizations Hand Out

         Molloy 2019 Volleyball Champions                            1,000 Thanksgiving Turkeys in Queens

        Pictured  above  celebrating  their  victory  are  the  Molloy
        2019  Volleyball  Champions,  many  team  members  were
        former  Queens  County  residents,  we  wish  them  much   Council Member Francisco Moya and several organizations partnered up to hand out 1,000
        success  on  their  quest  to  become  National  Champions.  turkeys to Queens families ahead of Thanksgiving. See story on page 2.
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