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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Unemployment Benefit Email Scam Posted on Sep 19

Unemployment Benefit Email Scam

If you are receiving unemployment benefits in Massachusetts, beware of emails from an out-of-state firm calling itself Unemployment Assist. The emails, with a subject line that reads: “ID Eligibility Requirement 1: Must be Available for Work” or “Verification Required: 2nd Request” request personally identifiable information,   …Continue Reading Unemployment Benefit Email Scam

Avoiding Scams during an Election Year Posted on Sep 16

Avoiding Scams during an Election Year

  The November elections are fast approaching and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is warning consumers about the risks of Election Season scams. Scams can include scammers posing as representatives of a political campaign soliciting donations; scammers posing as election officials looking   …Continue Reading Avoiding Scams during an Election Year

The Skinny on Dietary Supplements Posted on Sep 14

The Skinny on Dietary Supplements

We’ve all seen the ads for weight-loss pills and other dietary supplements online, in our favorite magazines, and in television commercials. But what do consumers really know about this market? After a recent investigation by Consumer Reports into the supplement market, we put together some tips consumers should keep in mind.

Computer Pop-up Scams Posted on Sep 12

Computer Pop-up Scams

    Chances are most consumers have seen a pop-up window while on their computer. Most pop-ups are generated by websites that a consumer is visiting or has visited. They may be annoying, but are generally harmless.   However, savvy criminals often disguise malware in   …Continue Reading Computer Pop-up Scams

Join the water cooler chat: What consumers need to know about streaming video services Posted on Sep 6

Join the water cooler chat: What consumers need to know about streaming video services

When the television was invented, viewers had to wait for their favorite programs to air according to the schedules decided by the networks and were out-of-luck if they missed a part of a program unless it was shown as a re-run. Even in the last   …Continue Reading Join the water cooler chat: What consumers need to know about streaming video services