Mass Consumer Affairs Blog

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Latest Post

Paying bills after a disaster

Paying bills after a disaster posted on Jul 20

Following a natural disaster, consumers in the disaster area are undoubtedly faced with challenges. After making sure loved ones are safe, attention turns to repairing damages and salvaging belongings. Day-to-day activities are often forgotten or put off. But it’s important to remember there are responsibilities,   …Continue Reading Paying bills after a disaster

Recent Posts

Beware of fraudulent IRS calls posted on Jul 18

Beware of fraudulent IRS calls

The IRS is warning of a new spin on a common scam that is being reported across the country. The scam is linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS – an automated system for paying federal taxes electronically using Internet or phone). Scammers   …Continue Reading Beware of fraudulent IRS calls

It Pays to Check that Parking Ticket posted on Jul 13

It Pays to Check that Parking Ticket

Scammers routinely use creative ways to trick people into giving them money and this parking ticket scam making the rounds in larger cities is no different.  Crafting official-looking citation tickets, con artists have created a few different variations of the scam to prey on their   …Continue Reading It Pays to Check that Parking Ticket

Social Butterflies Beware: Watch out for fake Facebook friend requests posted on Jul 10

Social Butterflies Beware: Watch out for fake Facebook friend requests

An intern in our office recently received a Facebook friend request from a relative he hadn’t seen in years. Not wanting to be rude, he accepted. Within minutes, the relative began messaging him. At first the messages were your standard distant relative messages “How are   …Continue Reading Social Butterflies Beware: Watch out for fake Facebook friend requests

Avoid getting burned when buying firewood posted on Jun 30

Avoid getting burned when buying firewood

  No summer is complete without a few nights sitting around a fire pit, enjoying a cold beverage, s’mores, and good conversation. But did you know that Massachusetts regulates the sale of firewood? How is firewood sold? Firewood is sold by a measurement called a   …Continue Reading Avoid getting burned when buying firewood

Are Your Summer Toys Insured? posted on Jun 27

Are Your Summer Toys Insured?

  June 21st officially marked the start of summer and pools, boats, ATVs, motorcycles are all the toys of the season. But do you know how to safely use them? The Office of Consumer Affairs and the Division of Insurance recommend that consumers evaluate their   …Continue Reading Are Your Summer Toys Insured?