2018-10-10 / Features

Internet in Bloom for The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR law librarian and instructor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor.  His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR law librarian and instructor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.Wow--www.Textalawyerinc.com, as the URL name implies, the site where one may actually pay for the services of a licensed attorney in their state via text, for an initial fee of 20 dollars, with a nine-dollar charge for additional questions...which we covered in our last Internet in Bloom column, was so popular that I have 50 similar URLs to review this column that are free.  Well, they are free to the extent that our tax dollars pay for their services.  Can you guess what they are?  Each US state has one.  Answer:  Our State Attorney General's Office.  

In the past we were lucky if our State Attorney General investigated consumer fraud and tenant disputes.  Now in today's high-tech, information age, the State Attorney General's investigate that and more, with such topics as: Data security breeching, loan scams, price gouging, health care, Medicaid disputes, animal cruelty--with online templated forms ready to submit with attachment options.  Have you been defrauded?  

Why use the State Attorney General?  Even though the state advertises its services as mediation, if enough consumers complain about a particular crime, the state will investigate and even prosecute with a class action or otherwise.  I have never been ignored by the State Attorney General's Office.  Please note: If the compliant is outside of the Attorney General's jurisdiction, they will refer the complaint to the appropriate government agency for further attention. Why go after a criminal alone when you may be backed by the State?  Please keep in mind lying to the state when filing a complaint is a Class A misdemeanor in New York.  

For New York State Attorney General complaints visit: https://ag.ny.gov/complaint-forms

For California State Attorney General complaints visit: https://oag.ca.gov/consumers

For our other 48 states may I suggest using your favorite search engine, such as www.Google.com or www.DuckDuckGo.com or www.DogPile.com?  

In closing, some State Attorney General Office sites offer related employment opportunities there as well.  The State is a great place to land a job with a union--hard to find now-a-days.  About 10 percent of the US workforce is organized.  Vigilance!

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