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.
Holiday Shopping Tips: Express Vs. Implied Warranties posted on Dec 5
When buying a gift for a friend or family member, you worry about how much to spend or whether the recipient will like it. But what consumers don’t have to worry about is the product’s warranty. A warranty is a two-part pledge. First, it …Continue Reading Holiday Shopping Tips: Express Vs. Implied Warranties
Turning up the heat on utility scams posted on Nov 30
As the weather gets colder scams targeting utility customers may increase as consumers balance the costs of heating their homes with the need for warmth. Some scammers pretend to represent a major energy provider and claim that they will cut your electrical power, assess …Continue Reading Turning up the heat on utility scams
Holiday Shopping Tips: Bait and Switch posted on Nov 30
Most consumers have heard of the term “bait and switch,” but may not be aware when it happens to them. A sales representative may try to convince you to buy a different item than the one you came for, which may simply seem like a …Continue Reading Holiday Shopping Tips: Bait and Switch