In the wake of a natural disaster, it is common to want to help those affected by tragedy. Unfortunately, individuals and organizations attempt to take advantage of your generosity by posing as phony charities to steal your money or financial information. Following a natural …Continue Reading Charity and Disaster Scams: Don’t Let Criminals Pull at Your Heart Strings
You may have been hearing about “free” ticket vouchers in your Ticketmaster account and, like many consumers, assumed this was just another scam. It’s not. Here’s the deal: In 2003, a class action lawsuit, Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster, was filed alleging that Ticketmaster failed to …Continue Reading If you have a Ticketmaster account, here’s what you should know about those “free” ticket vouchers
For many consumers, plastic is the preferred currency when making a purchase. But how does a consumer know if he/she should use a credit card or a debit card? What is the difference between a credit card and a debit card? Credit cards use …Continue Reading Using Credit vs. Debit Cards
The arrival of warm weather means it’s time to trade your heavy shoes for some summer sandals. And for many consumers, the start of “flip-flop” season also means a trip to the nail salon. Manicurists, along with cosmetologists and aestheticians, and the salons where …Continue Reading Summer Series: Nail Salons
May 2016 Lemon Law Sticker Survey The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) recently conducted a survey of Massachusetts auto dealerships to determine how many were displaying Lemon Law stickers on every vehicle for sale, as mandated by state law. Inspectors visited …Continue Reading Lemon Law Sticker Audit Results
Consumers looking to purchase used cars often consider buying from a private seller as an alternative to buying through a dealership. They may research vehicles for sale by owner through online platforms such as Craigslist, or see vehicles with “For Sale” signs on private …Continue Reading Are you buying a car from a Curbstoner?
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Many Americans open their mailboxes to find them stuffed with envelopes bearing the names of unfamiliar or unsolicited companies. 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened. As a result, about 5.6 million tons of mail offers and advertisements end up in U.S. …Continue Reading Tips to Reduce Your Junk Mail
Tuesday, April 19th is the deadline for Massachusetts residents to file their federal income tax return. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has information for consumers who may be filing a late return. If you file late and are getting a tax refund, there is no …Continue Reading What Consumers Should Know about Late Tax Filing
Online shopping provides a fast, convenient platform for purchasing items without the hassle of driving to a store. However, scammers often take advantage of the popularity of the online retail industry, sending purchased products that are either not what was advertised or far inferior …Continue Reading Online Smarts: Buyer Beware– Why clothing ads are not always what they seem