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August 13, 2008 8:12:22 AM PDT
One of the telemarketers being sued by Pennsylvania's Attorney General isn't just any telemarketer. The state's top legal officer says this company made the largest attempt ever to violate the state's Do Not Call law.

Attorney General Tom Corbett says Baltimore-based Direct Leadsource made more than half a million calls to Pennsylvania consumers who are on the Do Not Call list. Corbett says the company used a telephone center in India and the calls were made in an effort to market mortgage loans on behalf of Applied Financial and Financial Awards Center.

Pennsylvania's A-G says the company isn't even licensed to sell such loans and isn't registered as a telemarketer in the Keystone State.

The Attorney General is also filing a lawsuit against another telemarketer. This one operated under several different names - Golden Apple Mortgage, Foote's, Inc, and New Equity LLC.

And here are some links to help eliminate junk faxes:

Telephone Consumer Protection Act
Pennsylvania Do Not Call
Pa Attorney General Lawsuit
New Jersey Do Not Call
Federal Do Not Call

And there's a new way you can check for certain products' authenticity.

Underwriters Laboratories, which tests and certifies products for safety, has a new anti-counterfeit holographic label.

It incorporates cutting-edge technology, elevated security features, and a unique design that's hard to replicate.

"We require it only on product categories that are known to have been counterfeited. These are the high volume, low-cost items such as extension cords, power strip products, night lights and things such as lamps," said John Drengenberg with Underwriters Laboratories.

If consumers suspect a product may have a counterfeit UL Mark, they can contact UL by e-mailing

For additional tips on how to identify a counterfeit label, visit the UL Newsroom at

For general information about counterfeiting and UL's partnership in global anti-counterfeiting efforts, visit

The Delaware Department of Agriculture has announced a new web site, which provides Delawareans with the most accurate and up-to-date information about where to find fresh fruits and vegetables, pick-your-own farms, a calendar of events, plus information about Commodity Boards and Associations. You can check it out by clicking here.

And Saving with 6ABC is dedicated to helping you get back into Back to School mode. Here's a list of FREE end of summer reading programs offered by the City of Philadelphia.

Catch the Reading Bug Summer Reading Game Program Series Central Library August 13th

Back to School Party for Peace Paschalville Branch August 27th

Eagles Bookmobile Katherine Drexel Branch - August 22nd Lawncrest Branch - August 26th Tacony Branch - August 28th

Preschool Story Time Lawncrest Branch August 22nd

Family Book & Movie Club Falls of Schuylkill Branch August 13th & 20th

Summer Reading Send Off Wynnefield Branch August 13th