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National Consumer Protection Week Conference: Prepaid Cards Posted on Apr 12

National Consumer Protection Week Conference: Prepaid Cards

This week the Office of Consumer Affairs hosted the 23rd Annual National Consumer Protection Week Conference with our co-sponsors the Division of Banks, Suffolk University Law School and ConsumerWorld.org.  The main topic of the conference was prepaid cards, and each of our speakers gave some insight   …Continue Reading National Consumer Protection Week Conference: Prepaid Cards

Top 5 Consumer Issues of 2012 Posted on Apr 1

A key mission of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is to provide consumers the information they need to fully exercise their rights and also to understand their responsibilities in the marketplace. Our partners – the Attorney General’s Office, Better Business Bureau, and   …Continue Reading Top 5 Consumer Issues of 2012

Division of Insurance Awareness Event Posted on Mar 6

Division of Insurance Awareness Event

Our Division of Insurance is hosting an outreach event today at South Station talking about insuranceawareness, changing weather patterns and the potential for property damage. Today’s event is part of our ongoing effort to educate consumers to “Know What You Have, Learn What You Need.”    …Continue Reading Division of Insurance Awareness Event

Don’t Get Hijacked by a Tax Scam Posted on Feb 28

Don’t Get Hijacked by a Tax Scam

“Brand new tax relief program!  If you owe more than $10,000, call us!  We know industry secrets and have a 97% success rate—you’ll only have to pay the IRS 8-10% of what you owe.” This time of year, we are flooded with ads assuring us   …Continue Reading Don’t Get Hijacked by a Tax Scam

Don’t Get Scammed Out of Love Posted on Feb 14

Don’t Get Scammed Out of Love

As more and more of our daily social interactions move to the Internet, it’s not surprising to see dating follow this trend. Online dating services offer the chance of meeting somebody through the convenience of the Internet under the veil of privacy, but it also   …Continue Reading Don’t Get Scammed Out of Love

Better Budgeting in 2013 Posted on Feb 11

Better Budgeting in 2013

Learning how to properly manage your personal finances is an essential skill that will reduce your stress and improve your quality of life. Good budgeting doesn’t have to be painful if you follow these tips and suggestions. Identify spending habits.  Look at past months and   …Continue Reading Better Budgeting in 2013

CFPB Now Accepting Complaints About Credit Reports Posted on Nov 6

CFPB Now Accepting Complaints About Credit Reports

Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began accepting complaints about credit reports.  Credit reports affect whether or not you are able to get a credit card or a loan, the ability to rent an apartment or get hired, and even simple things like getting   …Continue Reading CFPB Now Accepting Complaints About Credit Reports

Halloween Safety Tips Posted on Oct 31

Halloween Safety Tips

Whether you are a child or an adult Halloween is a night of tricks, treats, and lots of fun. Unfortunately it’s also a night were people often forget to exercise caution. We at the Consumer Affairs Officewould like to provide everyone with a few tips   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips

New Occupational Schools Site! Posted on Oct 10

New Occupational Schools Site!

Occupational schools provide valuable training to students looking to practice in a wide range of trades and professions such as health care, business and construction trades. Instead focusing on job-specific skills, these schools provide a fantastic environment without the high prices of traditional institutions. Over   …Continue Reading New Occupational Schools Site!

Columbus Day… Sales! Posted on Oct 8

Columbus Day… Sales!

Today marks 520 years since Christopher Columbus landed on the eastern seaboard and discovered what has today become known as North America. His journey to the new world has been celebrated ever since he touched the shores south of Florida in 1492, yet this day   …Continue Reading Columbus Day… Sales!