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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Surprise from Valpak? Not a scam Posted on Mar 29

Surprise from Valpak? Not a scam

If you receive a check in the mail that you were not expecting, it’s fair to assume that there is probably a catch. When has a company ever sent you unsolicited money, after all? Hold that thought, because Valpak has been offering a promotion where   …Continue Reading Surprise from Valpak? Not a scam

Is the consulate calling? Posted on Mar 26

Is the consulate calling?

Getting a phone call from a foreign embassy might seem intimidating, especially if they are demanding sensitive information from you. Unfortunately, scammers are using this tactic to steal personal information from consumers. We recently learned about a consumer in Massachusetts who received a call from   …Continue Reading Is the consulate calling?

Orbitz Data Breach Posted on Mar 23

Orbitz Data Breach

Orbitz, Expedia’s travel search engine subsidiary, recently announced a data security incident that occurred at the end of 2017. It is estimated that nearly 900,000 customers were impacted by the breach with 7,579 of those customers being Massachusetts residents. According to Orbitz, personal information including   …Continue Reading Orbitz Data Breach

The Sport of Scamming Posted on Mar 22

The Sport of Scamming

From the MLB postseason to college football to the NFL to the approaching NBA season, it is a great time of year for sports.  Before gearing up for this busy sports season with tickets and new apparel, make sure you are using reliable retailers to   …Continue Reading The Sport of Scamming

Scam Alert: Tax Preparer Scam Posted on Mar 19

Scam Alert: Tax Preparer Scam

The IRS has issued an alert to consumers and tax professionals about a potential tax scam. CBS News reported that scammers are sending phishing emails to tax preparers which contain malware and, if opened, the malware allows scammers to steal data, such as names, addresses, Social Security   …Continue Reading Scam Alert: Tax Preparer Scam

Shopping for Shamrocks Posted on Mar 15

Shopping for Shamrocks

Consumers are expected to spend a lot of green this St. Patrick’s Day. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that Americans will spend upwards of $5.9 billion to celebrate the Irish holiday. Results from the NRF’s annual survey predict that the average person will spend   …Continue Reading Shopping for Shamrocks

Can you recall that recall? Posted on Mar 7

Can you recall that recall?

Product Recall! You’ve probably seen too many articles and news stories to count featuring that phrase. Whether it’s defective airbags, combustible smartphones, or contaminated produce, companies and consumer protection agencies will alert the public if a product is unsafe, hazardous or defective. You may be   …Continue Reading Can you recall that recall?

Working from home? Be sure to check your insurance needs! Posted on Mar 6

Working from home? Be sure to check your insurance needs!

No traffic, no tie, no sweat. From telecommuting to running their own business, many people are forgoing a traditional office setting for the comfort of their own home. Regardless of what kind of work you’re doing, you should make sure you are informed as to   …Continue Reading Working from home? Be sure to check your insurance needs!

Taking the pain out of the pump Posted on Mar 5

Taking the pain out of the pump

A recent AAA survey lists the national gas average at $2.58, but every consumer knows that gas prices can fluctuate from week to week, sometimes hitting new lows and highs. That’s why it’s important for consumers to know they’re getting the amount they pay for   …Continue Reading Taking the pain out of the pump