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Charity and Disaster Scams: Don’t Let Criminals Pull at Your Heart Strings

Charity and Disaster Scams: Don’t Let Criminals Pull at Your Heart Strings posted on Jun 29

  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

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If you have a Ticketmaster account, here’s what you should know about those “free” ticket vouchers posted on Jun 22

  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

Using Credit vs. Debit Cards posted on Jun 20

Using Credit vs. Debit Cards

  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

Summer Series: Nail Salons posted on Jun 14

Summer Series: Nail Salons

  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

Lemon Law Sticker Audit Results posted on Jun 9

Lemon Law Sticker Audit Results

  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

Are you buying a car from a Curbstoner? posted on Jun 7

Are you buying a car from a Curbstoner?

  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?