For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Take the Stress Out of the Holiday Season With Smart Tips From the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection

NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today issued annual Holiday Shopping Tips to help consumers be smart shoppers, stick to a budget, and avoid scams this holiday season. These tips will help New Yorkers understand their consumer rights and avoid seasonal scams such as gift card scams, delivery scams, phishing emails and texts, charity scams, and more.

“The holiday shopping deals started popping up earlier than ever this year and my son sent his wish list to Santa weeks ago. But, for many, buying gifts for our loved ones this holiday season might be more stressful because of inflation costs,” said DCWP Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga. “We encourage all New Yorkers to take a minute to read our tips, make a budget, start shopping early, avoid spending more than you can afford on credit cards, be cautious about entering into buy now, pay later agreements, and protect your money and identity.”

See DCWP's Holiday Shopping Tips, which are also available in Spanish and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional).

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities. DCWP licenses more than 51,000 businesses in more than 40 industries and enforces key consumer protection, licensing, and workplace laws that apply to countless more. By supporting businesses through equitable enforcement and access to resources and, by helping to resolve complaints, DCWP protects the marketplace from predatory practices and strives to create a culture of compliance. Through its community outreach and the work of its offices of Financial Empowerment and Labor Policy & Standards, DCWP empowers consumers and working families by providing the tools and resources they need to be educated consumers and to achieve financial health and work-life balance. DCWP also conducts research and advocates for public policy that furthers its work to support New York Citys communities. For more information about DCWP and its work, call 311 or visit DCWP at or on its social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Media Contact:
Michael Lanza | Sheyla Navarro
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
(212) 436-0042