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Shopping Series 2020: Online Shopping Posted on Nov 25

Shopping Series 2020: Online Shopping

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are days away. And, the countdown to Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza is on. Are you ready to shop this holiday season? As you make your shopping list and check it twice, you will likely find yourself buying more things online   …Continue Reading Shopping Series 2020: Online Shopping

Fraud Alert: Unemployment Benefits & ID Theft Posted on Nov 17

Fraud Alert: Unemployment Benefits & ID Theft

Driven by the economic downturn brought on by pandemic related restrictions, unemployment across the U.S. is at a historic high. While national and local averages slowly decline across the country, unemployment fraud is on the rise. For many the unemployment benefit is a lifeline. Unfortunately, for   …Continue Reading Fraud Alert: Unemployment Benefits & ID Theft

Have you gotten a collection call about a debt you don’t recognize? Posted on Sep 29

Have you gotten a collection call about a debt you don’t recognize?

Nobody likes getting debt collection calls. But have you ever gotten one for a debt you already paid — or you know isn’t yours? Or have you been threatened and harassed by a debt collector until you paid up? If so, we want you to   …Continue Reading Have you gotten a collection call about a debt you don’t recognize?

Lifeline Awareness Week – September 14-18, 2020 Posted on Sep 15

Lifeline Awareness Week – September 14-18, 2020

Living alone can be isolating which is why the Department of Telecommunications wants you to know, no matter your income, there are ways for you to have a home phone, cell phone, or internet plan. A service called Lifeline is available to keep you connected   …Continue Reading Lifeline Awareness Week – September 14-18, 2020

Massachusetts Banks and Credit Unions Deliver on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Promise Posted on Jun 18

Massachusetts Banks and Credit Unions Deliver on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Promise

  Intended as a lifeline to all Americans amidst the pandemic crisis facing our nation and the world, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by the president on March 27th,   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Banks and Credit Unions Deliver on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Promise

Show Me the Money Posted on May 7

Show Me the Money

On March 25th President Donald Trump signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package which included an emergency universal income payment of $1,200 for most Americans who earn under $75,000 a year. The IRS will make prorated payments to those making up to $99,000 a year.   …Continue Reading Show Me the Money

Relief for the Weary: Financial Institutions Make Accommodations Amid COVID-19 Emergency Posted on Apr 28

If layoffs, furloughs, and continued economic uncertainty have you concerned about keeping afloat during the global pandemic, the financial lifeline you need may be easier to obtain than you think. Banks, credit unions, mortgage servicers, and other financial industry professionals recognize the financial impact of   …Continue Reading Relief for the Weary: Financial Institutions Make Accommodations Amid COVID-19 Emergency

Staying Connected Posted on Apr 16

Staying Connected

Communication is important in every facet of our lives in the best of times, and even more so in uncertain times like those we are facing today. As people around the world remain at home to prevent the spread of a global pandemic staying connected   …Continue Reading Staying Connected

National Consumer Protection Week 2020 Posted on Mar 2

National Consumer Protection Week 2020

Today marks the beginning of 23rd annual National Consumer Protection Week, a weeklong celebration of understanding consumer rights and making well-informed decisions about money championed by the Federal Trade Commissions’ (FTC). Educating consumers about fraud threats and other protection issues has become vital in recent   …Continue Reading National Consumer Protection Week 2020

Save On Your Cable TV Bill! Posted on Nov 5

Save On Your Cable TV Bill!

Cutting the cord has become a common phrase for consumers switching from traditional cable providers to internet and streaming television options. Traditional cable packages can cost anywhere from $50 to over $200 per month, making cable one of the higher monthly utilities in your home.   …Continue Reading Save On Your Cable TV Bill!