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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Choosing the best care for your best friend Posted on Aug 31

Choosing the best care for your best friend

All pet owners know that choosing the right veterinarian is imperative for the well-being of their beloved pet. Veterinarians are medical professionals who diagnose, treat and prescribe for disease, pain or injury to animals. They also control and prevent the transmission of animal diseases (“zoonoses”)   …Continue Reading Choosing the best care for your best friend

Soy Based Wiring Posted on Aug 28

Soy Based Wiring

Various manufacturers use soy-based wiring in some vehicles to be eco-friendly. However, some consumers have reported problems with this type of wiring, primarily arising from rodents chewing the wires. It’s important for consumers to know that, as unusual as it sounds, defects related to soy-based   …Continue Reading Soy Based Wiring

Before you cash that check… Posted on Aug 23

Before you cash that check…

We recently received a head’s up from a local police officer after his daughter was sent a fraudulent cashier check in the mail. At first glance, it looks legitimate, but fortunately, the officer is aware of this type of scam and directed his daughter to   …Continue Reading Before you cash that check…

Scammers Impersonate the National Institute of Health Posted on Aug 21

Scammers Impersonate the National Institute of Health

Friend 1: Guess what?! I received a call from the government that I won a grant! Friend 2: Wow! Congratulations! What did you apply for? Friend 1: I didn’t apply for any grant. They selected me! All I had to do is give them my   …Continue Reading Scammers Impersonate the National Institute of Health

Top Concerns of Consumers Across America 2016 Posted on Aug 18

Top Concerns of Consumers Across America 2016

  The Consumer Federation of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators conducted a survey of the most common complaints that state and local consumer protection agencies received last year. They asked 39 agencies of various functions in 23 states about the worst, fastest   …Continue Reading Top Concerns of Consumers Across America 2016

Turnaround bright eyes and check those eclipse sunglasses! Posted on Aug 15

Turnaround bright eyes and check those eclipse sunglasses!

It’s not an old wives tale – staring at the sun is harmful to your eyes. If you’re one of the millions of people excited to see the coast-to-coast solar eclipse on August 21st, make sure you protect yourself and use specialized sunglasses. Special-purpose solar   …Continue Reading Turnaround bright eyes and check those eclipse sunglasses!

FTC Reimburses Victims of a Business Opportunity Scheme Posted on Aug 14

FTC Reimburses Victims of a Business Opportunity Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began mailing over 2,000 checks totaling more than $372,000 to victims of a work-at-home scheme. In June, American Business Builders settled with the FTC over alleged deceptive practices. According to the FTC, consumers paid American Business Builders fees ranging from   …Continue Reading FTC Reimburses Victims of a Business Opportunity Scheme

Used Car Leases Posted on Aug 10

Used Car Leases

Some consumers opt to lease a used car rather than a new one. Leasing a used car can be a way to get a quality vehicle at a lower monthly payment or have regular access to a reliable vehicle if your credit score prevents you   …Continue Reading Used Car Leases

Amusement Park Safety Posted on Aug 7

Amusement Park Safety

After the recent fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair we decided to check with the Office of Public Safety and Inspections (OPSI) within the Division of Professional Licensure for some information on amusement park safety in Massachusetts. What level of confidence can consumers have   …Continue Reading Amusement Park Safety

Social Security Telephone Scam Posted on Aug 2

Social Security Telephone Scam

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is warning consumers of a new impersonation scheme targeting citizens across the country. In March, the SSA and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) alerted the public to a scam in which consumers were receiving calls from individuals posing   …Continue Reading Social Security Telephone Scam