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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Digital (TV) Revolution Scheduled for June 12 Posted on May 27

Digital (TV) Revolution Scheduled for June 12

  The long-awaited transition to digital television is slated for Friday, June 12, and the deadline means there will be changes for those who still use “rabbit ears” or roof antennas to watch television. If you have a cable connection to your television, you will   …Continue Reading Digital (TV) Revolution Scheduled for June 12

Never a Good Time to Go Phishing Posted on May 22

  The Berkshire Eagle reported yesterday an e-mail phishing scam that targeted Legacy Banks customers and non-customers. “Phishing” scams, involve thieves illegally asking for your personal financial information and then using it to commit identity theft by charging your existing credit cards; by opening new   …Continue Reading Never a Good Time to Go Phishing

A Permit to Quicker Action Posted on May 20

  Getting a small project permitted, like a new deck for example, can be relatively quick and easy for a homeowner. But larger projects, like new developments, can involve a variety of local boards and authorities that can lead to a slower and more complicated   …Continue Reading A Permit to Quicker Action

Court Puts Restraining Order on ‘Auto Warranty’ Calls Posted on May 18

  Chances are, we’ve all quickly hung up our cell phone and thought the same thing. “My auto warranty? What about my auto warranty.” We quickly realize that we’d received a robo-call, and that the number that came up on our caller ID was bogus.   …Continue Reading Court Puts Restraining Order on ‘Auto Warranty’ Calls

For Starters, What’s on Your Mind? Posted on May 14

  As I get settled in my first week as Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, I wanted to take a moment to start my own conversation here at our blog. I’m very excited for the opportunity given to me by   …Continue Reading For Starters, What’s on Your Mind?

Gov. Patrick Names New Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs Posted on May 7

  Governor Deval Patrick yesterday announced his selection of Barbara Anthony as the new Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Anthony, a Massachusetts native, is one of the state’s most well-known consumer advocates and is a highly respected public interest lawyer.   …Continue Reading Gov. Patrick Names New Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs

Building Better Credit Posted on May 4

Whether it’s a car loan or a home mortgage, having better credit makes it easier – and less costly – to borrow money from lenders. There are a number of ways to improve your credit report. Here are a few of the steps you can   …Continue Reading Building Better Credit

Study up on Scholarship Scams Posted on May 1

Even in a slumping economy, the cost of a college education continues to rise, and college-bound students and their parents are seeking any financial assistance they can get. However, there are financial frauds and scholarship scams out there that parents and students of which parents   …Continue Reading Study up on Scholarship Scams