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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Scammers Are Phishing For Lawyers Posted on Jan 30

  The Board of Bar Overseers (BBO), the administrative body responsible for conducting investigations into complaints filed against lawyers, recently sent notice alerting Bar members of two e-mail scams that have been targeting attorneys. One of the scams affects real estate closings. According to the   …Continue Reading Scammers Are Phishing For Lawyers

App Permissions: Controlling Your Privacy Posted on Jan 25

  These days, there’s an app for almost everything. From necessary information such as weather forecasts, to social media for sharing thoughts and ideas, to the pointless fun of ghost-hunting tools or photos of cats, consumers can find and download an app to satisfy most   …Continue Reading App Permissions: Controlling Your Privacy

No Bull About It: The Milk Lawsuit You’re Reading About Isn’t Fake Posted on Jan 23

  The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation often warns consumers against scams and fake offers. But in the case of the milk lawsuit, there’s no scam. Consumers who were residents of specific states and bought dairy products in that state any time between   …Continue Reading No Bull About It: The Milk Lawsuit You’re Reading About Isn’t Fake

Identity Theft After Death Posted on Jan 23

  Your family member passes away and soon after bank accounts and credit cards have been opened in their name. No it’s not the plot of a scary movie. Unfortunately, it’s a very scary reality. A study by ID Analytics, a fraud prevention firm, found   …Continue Reading Identity Theft After Death

Just Hang Up! Posted on Jan 19

Just Hang Up!

  Americans carry a considerable amount of credit card debt. According to NerdWallet, the average U.S. household debt is nearly $16,000, while the average interest rate is 13 percent. Unfortunately, consumers who struggle to get out from under their credit card debt often fall victim   …Continue Reading Just Hang Up!

Child Identity Theft Posted on Jan 17

  When most people think of identity theft fraudulent credit card purchases and stolen drivers licenses typically come to mind.  Child identity theft, though, is quickly growing and can be dangerous and damaging long-term.  According to a 2011 report from Carnegie Mellon, 10 percent of   …Continue Reading Child Identity Theft

Coming to a Channel Near You: NBC Boston Posted on Jan 10

  Do you like to watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon or Sunday Night Football? NBC’s contract with WHDH-TV (also known as Channel 7) expired at the end of 2016. For many viewers this change had no impact on their television watching. But for   …Continue Reading Coming to a Channel Near You: NBC Boston

Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Stolen: How your mail could cost you your identity. Posted on Jan 9

  On average, the United States Postal Service processes and delivers 509 million mail pieces each day. That means, on any given day, an identity thief has several opportunities to steal your identity using one of the most low-tech means around: your mail. Identity theft   …Continue Reading Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Stolen: How your mail could cost you your identity.

Netflix Scam Posted on Jan 4

  Netflix has quickly become a household brand, and with the drop in temperatures comes those warm nights of watching movies. But as the case with many popular services, there are scammers using their familiar red logo to take advantage of you. There are several   …Continue Reading Netflix Scam