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A list of news releases related to consumer protection and education.

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  • Commerce Commissioner announces $15,814,434 in additional LIHEAP funds to help Minnesota consumers stay warm this winter
    January 30, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive an additional $15,814,434 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). The total amount of funds Minnesota has received this year is $114,540,746. The LIHEAP program in Minnesota helps low-income homeowners and renters pay heating bills through grant money paid directly to utility companies and heating fuel vendors on behalf of customers.
  • Commerce Department Pursues Next Steps to Protect Greater Minnesota Households and Businesses from Call Failures
    January 13, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission today urging the PUC to open an investigation of rural call completion issues. The Commerce Department’s Telecom Division began its investigation into rural call completion complaints in December of 2012. The investigation included examining dropped calls, call routing problems, long set-up times with false ringing, and carriers changing call signaling information to avoid or minimize access charges. This problem has been identified by communities in Greater Minnesota as a crisis; ranging from a public safety concern to hundreds of thousands of dollars, or millions of dollars, of lost revenue for businesses operating in the affected areas.
  • Commerce Commissioner Urges Seniors to Protect Their Money and Prevent Wire Transfer Fraud
    January 03, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Older Americans are scammed out of an estimated $2.5 billion dollars a year and an increasingly prevalent tool used by fraudsters is wire transfer fraud.
  • Filing an Insurance Claim on a Not-Yet-Purchased Ring Results in Insurance Fraud, Theft-by-Swindle Charges, and an Airport Arrest
    December 18, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN — Today, in Ramsey County District Court, Maurice Culpepper was criminally charged for allegedly engaging in an elaborate fraud scheme he devised in an attempt to exploit an insurance company. The criminal complaint charged him with one count of Insurance Fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and $100,000 fine.
  • Can you save money during the Holidays? Commerce releases second energy- and money-saving podcast
    December 17, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman released today the most recent in his series of podcasts focused on financial literacy and consumer education tips for making smart money decisions and avoiding financial pitfalls. The podcasts are aimed at providing useful information that will lead to a more secure financial life today and in the future
  • Have Questions About Health Insurance? The Commerce Consumer Response Team is Here to Help
    December 05, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Health reform has been headline news for months across the United States, and has generated questions among Minnesota consumers as they look at their health coverage needs during open enrollment. That is why the Minnesota Department of Commerce has a Consumer Response Team helpline and outreach efforts to help cut through the confusion and be a reliable source for important insurance information.
  • The Minnesota Department of Commerce Urges Shoppers to Check List Twice, Keep Dangerous Toys from Your Holiday Celebration
    November 26, 2013 - The largest shopping days of the year are now here – the few days where a significant portion of the annual $20 billion are spent on toys in the United States. To help keep dangerous toys out of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, the Department of Commerce is reminding parents to stay vigilant about product and toy safety including hazardous chemicals, and to check product recall alerts.
  • Top Ten Tips to Stay Warm, Save Energy, and Reduce Utility Bills this Winter
    November 25, 2013 - As the temperature drops, there are some basic steps that all of us can take to save energy, reduce our utility bills, and keep our homes safe this winter season, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.
  • Minnesota Vikings Receiver Jennings, State Commerce Commissioner Rothman and Visa Inc. Collaborate to Launch Statewide Rollout of Financial Football
    November 19, 2013 - HOPKINS, MN – Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver Greg Jennings joined Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Visa Inc. today to tackle the issue of financial literacy improvement head on among Minnesota teens. They announced a statewide effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with the rollout of Financial Football, a free educational video game and classroom curriculum developed by Visa Inc. The game will be available to every public middle school and high school in the Minnesota by contacting the Commerce Department.
  • Commissioner Rothman and Vikings Wide Receiver Greg Jennings go long for financial literacy
    November 18, 2013 - HOPKINS, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Vikings Wide Receiver Greg Jennings will kick-off the Minnesota rollout of Financial Football, a free educational video game and classroom curriculum that helps improve the financial literacy and money management skills of middle and high school students.
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