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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Massachusetts Item Pricing Law Posted on Jul 27

Massachusetts Item Pricing Law

A recent Boston Globe article by Sarah Shemkus about the Item Pricing Law and possible consumer cost savings made us realize that it might be time to do a refresher course on the law and why its important consumers be aware of it. The reporter’s   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Item Pricing Law

FTC’s Economic Liberty Task Force Posted on Jul 25

FTC’s Economic Liberty Task Force

Almost 30% of American jobs require a license today. Being licensed means individuals and businesses must follow specific laws and regulations. Licensure requirements also protect public health, safety and welfare by setting standards for education, training, qualifications, practices, etc. However, getting a professional license can   …Continue Reading FTC’s Economic Liberty Task Force

Paying bills after a disaster Posted on Jul 20

Paying bills after a disaster

Following a natural disaster, consumers in the disaster area are undoubtedly faced with challenges. After making sure loved ones are safe, attention turns to repairing damages and salvaging belongings. Day-to-day activities are often forgotten or put off. But it’s important to remember there are responsibilities,   …Continue Reading Paying bills after a disaster

Beware of fraudulent IRS calls Posted on Jul 18

Beware of fraudulent IRS calls

The IRS is warning of a new spin on a common scam that is being reported across the country. The scam is linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS – an automated system for paying federal taxes electronically using Internet or phone). Scammers   …Continue Reading Beware of fraudulent IRS calls

It Pays to Check that Parking Ticket Posted on Jul 13

It Pays to Check that Parking Ticket

Scammers routinely use creative ways to trick people into giving them money and this parking ticket scam making the rounds in larger cities is no different.  Crafting official-looking citation tickets, con artists have created a few different variations of the scam to prey on their   …Continue Reading It Pays to Check that Parking Ticket

Social Butterflies Beware: Watch out for fake Facebook friend requests Posted on Jul 10

Social Butterflies Beware: Watch out for fake Facebook friend requests

An intern in our office recently received a Facebook friend request from a relative he hadn’t seen in years. Not wanting to be rude, he accepted. Within minutes, the relative began messaging him. At first the messages were your standard distant relative messages “How are   …Continue Reading Social Butterflies Beware: Watch out for fake Facebook friend requests