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What teens and seniors should know about 18-65 accounts Posted on Apr 25

  April is Financial Literacy Month and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is offering tips on how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. It’s never too early or too late to take an interest in your personal finances. But for many,   …Continue Reading What teens and seniors should know about 18-65 accounts

Tips to Reduce Your Junk Mail Posted on Apr 20

  Many Americans open their mailboxes to find them stuffed with envelopes bearing the names of unfamiliar or unsolicited companies. 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened. As a result, about 5.6 million tons of mail offers and advertisements end up in U.S.   …Continue Reading Tips to Reduce Your Junk Mail

Buyer Beware: Why clothing ads are not always what they seem Posted on Apr 20

  Online shopping provides a fast, convenient platform for purchasing items without the hassle of driving to a store. However, scammers often take advantage of the popularity of the online retail industry, sending purchased products that are either not what was advertised or far inferior   …Continue Reading Buyer Beware: Why clothing ads are not always what they seem

What You Need to Know About Basic Banking Accounts Posted on Apr 19

  April is Financial Literacy Month and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is offering tips on how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. If you don’t have a bank or credit union account where you can cash or deposit checks, you   …Continue Reading What You Need to Know About Basic Banking Accounts

What Consumers Should Know about Late Tax Filing Posted on Apr 12

  Tuesday, April 19th is the deadline for Massachusetts residents to file their federal income tax return. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has information for consumers who may be filing a late return. If you file late and are getting a tax refund, there is no   …Continue Reading What Consumers Should Know about Late Tax Filing

Getting Your Financial House in Order Posted on Apr 11

  April is Financial Literacy Month and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is offering tips on how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. Getting your finances in order can be overwhelming, and many consumers struggle with knowing where to start. Luckily,   …Continue Reading Getting Your Financial House in Order

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Auto Repair Shop Posted on Apr 4

  Discovering a mechanical problem with your car can be stressful and getting it repaired can be overwhelming. That’s why we put together some helpful tips for consumers when choosing a reliable auto shop for their vehicle. Keep in mind, caring for your vehicle with   …Continue Reading Your Guide to Choosing the Right Auto Repair Shop

Consumer Advisory: Online Dating Scams Posted on Mar 25

  40 million Americans use online dating sites, according to a survey by Match.com, and that number continues to grow each year. For many, online dating provides an easy and accessible way to meet potential companions through a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. However, an increase   …Continue Reading Consumer Advisory: Online Dating Scams

FBI, NHTSA: Vehicles Increasingly Susceptible to Hacking Posted on Mar 23

  The FBI and U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a warning on Thursday that vehicles are becoming “increasingly vulnerable” to hacking. Breaches of vehicle cybersecurity happen when a hacker gains access to a vehicle system, giving him or her access to driver   …Continue Reading FBI, NHTSA: Vehicles Increasingly Susceptible to Hacking

Consumer Advisory: Vacation Rentals Posted on Mar 21

  The height of summer vacation planning is here, and families are on the hunt for affordable travel options. As house sharing has become an increasingly popular alternative to staying in a traditional hotel, online classifieds have become a favorite place for scammers to target   …Continue Reading Consumer Advisory: Vacation Rentals