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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Sanctuary Scam? Posted on Nov 28

Sanctuary Scam?

  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced the temporary shutdown of the largest overseas real estate investment scam it has ever targeted. According to the FTC, the alleged scammers mislead investors into buying lots at a development called Sanctuary Belize. The scammers promised several   …Continue Reading Sanctuary Scam?

Shedding Light on Holiday Decoration Safety Posted on Nov 27

Shedding Light on Holiday Decoration Safety

The holiday season is in full swing, gifts are wrapped, recipes collected, and those strings of lights untangled. However, this popular decoration can be dangerous if not handled properly. We’ve gathered some tips on how to stay safe and festive this season: Make sure your   …Continue Reading Shedding Light on Holiday Decoration Safety

UltraFICO: The Ultimate in Credit Scores? Posted on Nov 15

UltraFICO: The Ultimate in Credit Scores?

     Your credit score has long been determined by a standard measurement known as FICO. Your score is determined using the information in your credit report, such as your payment history and how much debt you owe, and creditors and lenders, along with insurance   …Continue Reading UltraFICO: The Ultimate in Credit Scores?

Open Enrollment: Enrolling in Coverage for 2019 Posted on Nov 13

Open Enrollment: Enrolling in Coverage for 2019

  The Open Enrollment period for obtaining health insurance coverage from the Massachusetts Health Connector for 2019 is November 1, 2018 through January 23, 2019. Open Enrollment is the only period of time that Massachusetts and federal law permit individual consumers to purchase an insured   …Continue Reading Open Enrollment: Enrolling in Coverage for 2019

MoneyGram settlement Posted on Nov 9

  We frequently warn consumers that a request to wire money is a common sign of a scam. And the Federal Trade Commissioner has, in the past, sued two large companies, MoneyGram and Western Union, for knowingly allowing scammers to use their services to take   …Continue Reading MoneyGram settlement

Flood-Damaged Cars Posted on Nov 5

Flood-Damaged Cars

      Storms and hurricanes have wreaked havoc on the United States over the past few weeks. It’s believed that an estimated 20-40,000 vehicles were damaged due to Hurricane Florence. That number will only increase following Hurricane Michael’s onslaught of the southeast. While many   …Continue Reading Flood-Damaged Cars

Scam Alert: College Test Prep Posted on Nov 2

Scam Alert: College Test Prep

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning about scam calls pretending to be from The College Board and targeting high school students and their parents. The College Board is the organization that issues both the SAT and PSAT.  Scammers are pretending to be representatives of   …Continue Reading Scam Alert: College Test Prep