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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Cut Through the Clutter: NAIC’s Tips For Health Insurance Open Enrollment Posted on Oct 30

Cut Through the Clutter: NAIC's Tips For Health Insurance Open Enrollment

As open enrollment period begins, many Massachusetts residents must soon make 2018 health insurance choices amid a barrage of news and opinions regarding healthcare. To help make the most informed decisions possible, the National Association Of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) encourages consumers to streamline their health   …Continue Reading Cut Through the Clutter: NAIC’s Tips For Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Contractor vs Homeowner: How to keep your business, and reputation, intact. Posted on Oct 30

Contractor vs Homeowner: How to keep your business, and reputation, intact.

Undertaking a home improvement job involves a great deal of time and skill. Contractors spend long hours reviewing project details with their clients, selecting and ordering supplies and hiring subcontractors.  We always warn homeowners about the risks of doing business with a bad contractor….but it’s   …Continue Reading Contractor vs Homeowner: How to keep your business, and reputation, intact.

New Medicare Cards Are Coming and So Are Potential Scams Posted on Oct 27

  If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you’ll be getting a new Medicare card in the next year or two with one big difference: the new card won’t have your Social Security number on it. Instead of the Social Security number, the new Medicare cards will   …Continue Reading New Medicare Cards Are Coming and So Are Potential Scams

The FTC is Cracking Down on Celebrity “Ads” Posted on Oct 18

The FTC is Cracking Down on Celebrity “Ads”

If you have social media accounts, such as Instagram or Twitter, and follow celebrities on the apps, you may have noticed your favorite celeb seems to be using the hashtags #ad or #sponsored with more frequency. Under the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) endorsement guidelines, social media   …Continue Reading The FTC is Cracking Down on Celebrity “Ads”

Whatsapp Scam Posted on Oct 12

Whatsapp Scam

Users of the popular app WhatsApp (a free messaging and phone app that allows users across the globe to text and call their loved ones) should be aware of a scam that has been making the rounds again. Scammers have been sending out messages via   …Continue Reading Whatsapp Scam

Apple iCloud Scam Call Posted on Oct 4

Apple iCloud Scam Call

Recently, one of our staff members received an automated call from someone claiming to be with Apple support. The recording indicates that there has been suspicious activity on your iCloud account and requests that you call back immediately using the phone number provided: 1-888-320-6849. When   …Continue Reading Apple iCloud Scam Call

Leasing a Lemon? Posted on Oct 2

Leasing a Lemon?

Some consumers opt to lease a new car rather than purchase one. For them, leasing can be a way to get access to a reliable vehicle with lower monthly payments and a lower down payment than if the car was purchased. We put together some   …Continue Reading Leasing a Lemon?