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UltraFICO: The Ultimate in Credit Scores?

UltraFICO: The Ultimate in Credit Scores? posted on Nov 15

     Your credit score has long been determined by a standard measurement known as FICO. Your score is determined using the information in your credit report, such as your payment history and how much debt you owe, and creditors and lenders, along with insurance   …Continue Reading UltraFICO: The Ultimate in Credit Scores?

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Open Enrollment: Enrolling in Coverage for 2019 posted on Nov 13

Open Enrollment: Enrolling in Coverage for 2019

  The Open Enrollment period for obtaining health insurance coverage for 2019 is November 1, 2018 through January 23, 2019. Open Enrollment is the only period of time that Massachusetts and federal law permit individual consumers to purchase an insured health plan, unless there is   …Continue Reading Open Enrollment: Enrolling in Coverage for 2019

MoneyGram settlement posted on Nov 9

  We frequently warn consumers that a request to wire money is a common sign of a scam. And the Federal Trade Commissioner has, in the past, sued two large companies, MoneyGram and Western Union, for knowingly allowing scammers to use their services to take   …Continue Reading MoneyGram settlement

Flood-Damaged Cars posted on Nov 5

Flood-Damaged Cars

      Storms and hurricanes have wreaked havoc on the United States over the past few weeks. It’s believed that an estimated 20-40,000 vehicles were damaged due to Hurricane Florence. That number will only increase following Hurricane Michael’s onslaught of the southeast. While many   …Continue Reading Flood-Damaged Cars

Scam Alert: College Test Prep posted on Nov 2

Scam Alert: College Test Prep

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning about scam calls pretending to be from The College Board and targeting high school students and their parents. The College Board is the organization that issues both the SAT and PSAT.  Scammers are pretending to be representatives of   …Continue Reading Scam Alert: College Test Prep

The Real Halloween Haunts: Staying Safe during the Scary Season posted on Oct 29

The Real Halloween Haunts: Staying Safe during the Scary Season

  Halloween is a night of tricks, treats, and lots of fun. Unfortunately it’s also a night when people often forget to exercise caution. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is providing the following tips to help make this Halloween a fun and   …Continue Reading The Real Halloween Haunts: Staying Safe during the Scary Season