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There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams Posted on Feb 12

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams Many Americans are turning to the internet in order to search for love. Online dating and dating apps are the new wave of the future for both younger generations and   …Continue Reading There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams

Optional Insurance Coverage: Homeowners Posted on Feb 6

Optional Insurance Coverage: Homeowners

From flood insurance to personal property endorsements, many consumers are unaware of the optional insurance coverage plans they can purchase for their home. Every home and individual homeowner need is different, but consumers can choose coverage they need to protect what makes their property unique.   …Continue Reading Optional Insurance Coverage: Homeowners

Protect your child’s identity and future: What you need to know about Child ID Theft Posted on Jan 30

Protect your child’s identity and future: What you need to know about Child ID Theft

  Many of us have experienced that moment of panic upon learning that our personal or financial information has been compromised. Will the thieves use my financial information and drain my accounts? Will they use my identity to open new accounts and ruin my credit?   …Continue Reading Protect your child’s identity and future: What you need to know about Child ID Theft

Don’t Be Lured by Phishing Scams Posted on Jan 29

Don’t Be Lured by Phishing Scams

  Are you receiving emails or texts from an individual or company that you know but something seems a little fishy?  Perhaps a friend wants you to review a google document but it’s just a link with no text in the body of the email.   …Continue Reading Don’t Be Lured by Phishing Scams

National Data Privacy Day! Posted on Jan 28

National Data Privacy Day!

January 28th is national data privacy day, an important day to serve as a reminder to consumers to take steps to protect their data privacy online. Cybersecurity awareness is important because being vigilant can keep you and your information safe. Today, take some time to   …Continue Reading National Data Privacy Day!

Fighting Flood Damage Posted on Jan 25

Fighting Flood Damage

Last year, hurricanes, storms and high tides battered states across the county, and many consumers experienced flooding in their homes or vehicles.  Because flood damage to a vehicle may not be as noticeable, we put together some tips that consumers should review in the event   …Continue Reading Fighting Flood Damage

Avoid peer-to-stranger transfers when using peer-to-peer payment apps Posted on Jan 14

Avoid peer-to-stranger transfers when using peer-to-peer payment apps

  Have you heard of peer-to-peer payment apps such as Venmo and Cash App?  These money transferring apps sit on the phones of millions of Americans, and the numbers grow by the day.  Their convenience is hard to dismiss, since they function as a bank   …Continue Reading Avoid peer-to-stranger transfers when using peer-to-peer payment apps

ScamTravel.Com Posted on Jan 7

ScamTravel.Com

Are you one of those consumers that can’t pass up a good vacation deal? While some of these deals are legitimate and a great value for your buck, many others are deceptive offers posted by scammers posing as online travel agencies or homeowners renting a   …Continue Reading ScamTravel.Com

New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign. Posted on Jan 2

New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign.

Many Americans are looking to 2019 to be a year of self-improvement, with the most common resolution being a greater dedication to health and fitness.  If you plan to purchase a gym membership to kick start your new healthy lifestyle, make sure you have all   …Continue Reading New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign.

Don’t get heated over cooling-off periods Posted on Dec 27

  It is a very common misconception, and one that our Office receives many questions about, that a cooling-off period exists for any purchase a consumer makes.  A cooling-off period is a certain amount of time, usually three days, where a contract can be redacted   …Continue Reading Don’t get heated over cooling-off periods