For Immediate Release
Monday, November 22, 2021

Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Issues Holiday Shopping Tips to Protect Consumers' Identity, Money

NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Peter A. Hatch today issued annual Holiday Shopping Tips to help consumers protect themselves during the incoming holiday season. The tips provide guidance on how consumers can identify seasonal scams, how to be a smart shopper, and resources to help consumers stay on track with their budget. 

“We encourage New Yorkers to use our tips to protect their identity and money when shopping online or in stores and to protect their families from seasonal scams,” said Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner Peter A. Hatch. “Learn your consumer rights around prices and returns, as well as how to avoid high interest credit card debt and financing schemes. We want all New Yorkers to shop safe. Happy holidays and happy shopping!” 

See attached Holiday Shopping Tips, translations in Spanish and Chinese will be available soon. 
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 59,000 businesses in more than 50 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 City’s 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 Contacts: 
Abigail Lootens | Carmel Agnant 
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection 
(212) 436-0042