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Look Out for “Card Skimmers” at Gas Pumps, ATMs
“Card skimmers” are malicious card readers that illegally gather data from a credit or debit card’s magnetic stripe. They’re often attached to a real payment terminal and allow a scammer to steal personal financial and account information.
Skimmers can be placed externally over the real card reader or internally (harder to detect) if the thief has a key to get inside the machines.
Here is some information on how to avoid this scam, and how to report it.
Safeguarding Your Charitable Donations
Over 11,000 charities and some 400 professional solicitors and fundraising counsels operate within Pennsylvania, according to the Bureau of Charitable Organizations for the PA Department of State, and are subject to the State’s strict laws for registration and operations, from raising dollars to fulfilling the charities’ missions.
Requests received through the U.S. Postal Service, email, websites, phone and door-to-door solicitations do not necessarily require an immediate decision on making a donation. You can take advantage of online resources to determine legitimacy and a shared vision for the use of your charitable dollars. Tips for charitable giving can help you make informed decisions before you donate.
You can review the monthly list of disciplinary actions or see the comprehensive list of sanctioned charitable organizations, professional solicitors and professional fundraising counsel. You can also search the Bureau’s online database or call 1-800-732-0999 to determine if the charity is legally registered with the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations or to report fraudulent or deceptive solicitation practices.
Consumer Financial Protection Unit Begins Operation
A Consumer Financial Protection Unit is being set up within the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the PA Office of Attorney General.
The newly-created unit will focus on financial matters, such as unscrupulous lenders who prey on seniors, families with students, and military members, including for-profit colleges and mortgage and student loan services.
New Requirements for Notaries Public Take Effect October 26
Changes to the Pennsylvania notary law include a new education requirement for current and new notaries public.
The Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) will go into effect on October 26. All current notaries who will be renewing a commission on or after that date must complete a 3-hour notary education course within the six months before they apply for renewal. The requirement also applies to anyone seeking a new commission as a notary.
In addition, new notaries will be required to take and pass an examination before receiving their commission. Current notaries will not be subject to the examination requirement unless their commission has expired or lapsed. Information on these and other changes can be found here.
Personal Stories Wanted for National Recovery Month
September is National Recovery Month, a time to share the message that treatment works and recovery is possible.
The 2017 theme for National Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.” Pennsylvanians with personal recovery stories are asked to share them to inspire others battling addiction. Stories can be submitted at the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs website.
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