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Scam Log Analysis, March 2016 – April 2016 Posted on May 18

Scam Log Analysis, March 2016 – April 2016

  The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation compiles publicly-available scam, identity theft, and fraud complaints from around the Commonwealth via police logs and news outlets, as well as through the Office’s Consumer Information Hotline. Below are three recent consumer issues and how you can   …Continue Reading Scam Log Analysis, March 2016 – April 2016

Online Smarts: Tips for safe online shopping Posted on May 16

  Online shopping provides a fast, convenient platform for purchasing goods. There are several ways to shop online. You can buy from the online store of your favorite company, for instance Gap or Best Buy, or from an online warehouse like Amazon or Overstock. You   …Continue Reading Online Smarts: Tips for safe online shopping

Online Smarts: Mass. Sales Transaction Zones Posted on May 11

  As the number of residents buying and selling goods online continues to increase, the potential for risks associated with these transactions does as well. Did you know that many police departments allow residents to carry-out internet sales transactions on police property? While each department   …Continue Reading Online Smarts: Mass. Sales Transaction Zones

Consumer Alert: Beware of Home Improvement Contractor Scams Posted on May 9

  May kicks off the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Home Improvement Contractor Program awareness campaign. Massachusetts law requires contractors to register as a Home Improvement Contractor with this Office. The law protects consumers against shoddy or incomplete work and regulates the practices   …Continue Reading Consumer Alert: Beware of Home Improvement Contractor Scams

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

Online Smarts: 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 Online Smarts: 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