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Yearly Archives: 2016

Have a Safe and Spooktacular Halloween Posted on Oct 24

Have a Safe and Spooktacular Halloween

Halloween is a night of tricks, treats, and lots of fun. Unfortunately it’s also anight when people often forget to exercise caution. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation would like to provide everyone with a few tips to help make this Halloween a   …Continue Reading Have a Safe and Spooktacular Halloween

Buying a car in Massachusetts: What consumers should know about auto insurance Posted on Oct 17

Buying a car in Massachusetts: What consumers should know about auto insurance

  If you’re thinking of buying a car, it’s important to consider how much you want to pay for auto insurance. First, understand how much insurance you need. If you are financing or leasing a new car, you will have to purchase comprehensive and collision   …Continue Reading Buying a car in Massachusetts: What consumers should know about auto insurance

The Business of Cybercrime Posted on Oct 12

The Business of Cybercrime

  Cyber crime can have a significant negative impact on your company if proper precautions are not taken to prevent it. Companies of any size and industry are at risk of encountering cyber attacks. It is extremely important to educate your staff on the importance   …Continue Reading The Business of Cybercrime

Shop Smart this Columbus Day weekend Posted on Oct 6

Shop Smart this Columbus Day weekend

  Christopher Columbus’ journey to the new world in 1492 is celebrated as a day to remember his epic voyage of discovery and a day to remember our heritage. Many towns hold parades or other festivities in celebration. In the consumer world, however, Columbus Day   …Continue Reading Shop Smart this Columbus Day weekend

Cybersecurity for consumers Posted on Oct 5

Cybersecurity for consumers

  October is national Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It is crucial for consumers to understand the importance of protecting their personal information to prevent falling victim to cybercrimes. Follow these tips to protect your personal information and be more aware of the threats. Be careful about   …Continue Reading Cybersecurity for consumers

Unemployment Benefit Email Scam Posted on Sep 19

Unemployment Benefit Email Scam

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

Avoiding Scams during an Election Year

  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

The Skinny on Dietary Supplements

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.

Computer Pop-up Scams Posted on Sep 12

Computer Pop-up Scams

    Chances are most consumers have seen a pop-up window while on their computer. Most pop-ups are generated by websites that a consumer is visiting or has visited. They may be annoying, but are generally harmless.   However, savvy criminals often disguise malware in   …Continue Reading Computer Pop-up Scams

Join the water cooler chat: What consumers need to know about streaming video services Posted on Sep 6

Join the water cooler chat: What consumers need to know about streaming video services

When the television was invented, viewers had to wait for their favorite programs to air according to the schedules decided by the networks and were out-of-luck if they missed a part of a program unless it was shown as a re-run. Even in the last   …Continue Reading Join the water cooler chat: What consumers need to know about streaming video services