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News from DCA - Press Release

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kay Sarlin / Abigail Lootens / George Vourderis, (212) 487-4283


DCA Staff Offers Words of Wisdom to New Yorkers on Popular Consumer Topics in English and Spanish

Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the launch of the Agency’s official YouTube channel with the release of three new videos in its Protect Your Money video series. DCA’s Protect Your Money videos offer tips and information in English and Spanish about City programs and services available to help New Yorkers protect their hard-earned dollars.

“Our Protect Your Money videos were created to make New Yorkers savvier consumers.” said Commissioner Jonathan Mintz. “So whether you’re doing your taxes or are buying a used car, visit our new YouTube channel and get tips directly from our staff.”

The Protect Your Money Video series includes an introduction by Commissioner Mintz and covers:

  • It’s Tax Time. Go Get Your Refund!
    Es el momento de los impuestos. ¡Reclame su reembolso!
  • Know Your Rights about Debt Collection
    Conozca sus Derechos Acerca de la Colección de Deudas
  • Tips on Buying a Used Car
    Consejos Sabios para la Compra de Automóviles Usados
  • Shopping Tips
    Consejo Sabios para ir de Compras
  • File a Complaint with DCA
    Presente una Queja con DCA

Protect Your Money is an ongoing public awareness campaign featuring the testimonials of real New Yorkers who share their experiences. The current Protect Your Money campaign, Know Before You Enroll, features New Yorkers describing predatory school scams and highlighting free and low-cost education options. For more information about Protect Your Money, visit New Yorkers can also stay informed about programs, services, events and tips on how to be an educated consumer and business owner by visiting DCA’s Facebook page and by following DCA on Twitter.

DCA enforces the Consumer Protection Law and other related business laws throughout New York City. Empowering consumers and businesses to ensure a fair and vibrant marketplace, DCA licenses more than 78,000 businesses in 55 different industries. Through targeted outreach, partnerships with community and trade organizations, and informational materials, DCA educates consumers and businesses alike about their rights and responsibilities. DCA’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) is the first local government initiative in the nation with a mission to educate, empower, and protect New Yorkers with low incomes so they can build assets and make the most of their financial resources. Toward that end, OFE seeks to increase access to high-quality, low-cost financial education and counseling; improve access to income-boosting tax credits; connect households to safe and affordable banking and asset-building products and services; and enforce and improve consumer protections to enhance financial stability. For more information, call 311 or visit DCA online at

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