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Protect Your Money

In June 2011, Protect Your Money ads alerted New Yorkers to predatory services and scams and highlighted the successes of real people who got help from the City.


Behind on your mortgage and need help?
Don’t get scammed.
Read Betty’s story
Get FREE, confidential Foreclosure Prevention Services 
Need help getting out of debt?
Don’t get scammed.
Read Joseph’s story (En español)
Find a Financial Empowerment Center near you
Being overcharged by a home improvement contractor?
Don’t get scammed.
Read Margaret’s story 
Check if a home improvement contractor is licensed
NOTE: You will be redirected to a new web page. Scroll to the blue Consumers box to select Search for a DCA Licensee.
Download Home Improvement Consumer Guide
File a complaint against a home improvement contractor 
Using check cashers?
Stop wasting your money.
Read Mercedes’ story 
Open an NYC SafeStart Account 


Protect Your Money:
Campaign ads empower New Yorkers to schedule an appointment at a FREE Financial Empowerment Center to take control of their finances.
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  Protect Your Money: How Can Consumer Affairs Help You Today?
Campaign ads feature real staff advising businesses and consumers about essential DCA services.
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Protect Your Money: Know Before You Enroll
DCA, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education, launched ads alerting adults to predatory school scams and free and low-cost school choices.
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   Protect Your Money
Launched in 2010, the Protect Your Money public awareness campaign encourages New Yorkers to take advantage of City services to take control of their own financial future.
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