The Patrick-Murray Administration and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation are excited to launch Consumer Connections. Through this forum, we will discuss consumer issues and offer insight and information into consumer-related subjects like identity theft, financial literacy, foreclosure prevention and housing, and auto insurance.
The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation includes six agencies that focus on our goals of creating better businesses and smarter consumers. You can find out more about what we do, and find some great consumer tips, here.
We also know that smart consumers have great knowledge and tips on handling common issues and problems. If you have a hint or advice to share with us, don’t be shy, leave us a comment.
Unemployment Benefit Email Scam posted on Sep 19
If you are receiving unemployment benefits in Massachusetts, beware of emails from an out-of-state firm calling itself Unemployment Assist. The emails, with a subject line that reads: “ID Eligibility Requirement 1: Must be Available for Work” or “Verification Required: 2nd Request” request personally identifiable information, …Continue Reading Unemployment Benefit Email Scam
Avoiding Scams during an Election Year posted on Sep 16
The November elections are fast approaching and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is warning consumers about the risks of Election Season scams. Scams can include scammers posing as representatives of a political campaign soliciting donations; scammers posing as election officials looking …Continue Reading Avoiding Scams during an Election Year
The Skinny on Dietary Supplements posted on Sep 14
We’ve all seen the ads for weight-loss pills and other dietary supplements online, in our favorite magazines, and in television commercials. But what do consumers really know about this market? After a recent investigation by Consumer Reports into the supplement market, we put together some tips consumers should keep in mind.