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Yearly Archives: 2019

How To Spot A Government-Related Scam Posted on Aug 21

How To Spot A Government-Related Scam

Your phone rings with an unrecognized number, the voice on the other end says “Congratulations, you qualify to receive a free government grant to pay for home repairs…!” While this sounds exciting, it may be a scam. Phone scammers are constantly looking for new and   …Continue Reading How To Spot A Government-Related Scam

Prevent Window-Related Injuries in Your Home! Posted on Aug 12

Prevent Window-Related Injuries in Your Home!

With summer in full swing, the windows in your home are probably open from time to time. To a curious young child an open window can equal danger. Every year eight children under the age of 5 die from falling out a window, and over   …Continue Reading Prevent Window-Related Injuries in Your Home!

Scammers Phishing for Apple Users Posted on Aug 6

Scammers Phishing for Apple Users

Last year, Apple sold over 2 billion iPhones worldwide giving scammers a huge group to target. Phishing emails may be used to trick Apple users into disclosing personal information like your social security number, credit card information, and home address. Apple will not  ask for   …Continue Reading Scammers Phishing for Apple Users

Hacked: What To Do If You Are The Victim Of A Data Breach? Posted on Jul 30

Hacked: What To Do If You Are The Victim Of A Data Breach?

  In 2018 over 440,000 Massachusetts residents were impacted by data breaches. This month Equifax reached a $700 million settlement as a result of a 2017 large-scale data breach. Yesterday, Capital One announced a major data breach affecting over 100 million consumers. If you have   …Continue Reading Hacked: What To Do If You Are The Victim Of A Data Breach?

Twister Tips: Staying Safe and Protected During Tornadoes Posted on Jul 24

Twister Tips: Staying Safe and Protected During Tornadoes

A tornado recently touched down on Cape Cod causing damage and leaving thousands without power.  Tornadoes occur spontaneously and are known to rip up trees, flip cars, and destroy homes. It is often difficult to prepare for a tornado due to their unpredictable nature leaving   …Continue Reading Twister Tips: Staying Safe and Protected During Tornadoes

Summer Consumer Guidelines Posted on Jul 23

Summer Consumer Guidelines

Summer is here and Massachusetts is starting to heat up. Taking simple safety precautions is more important than ever. Educate yourself on precautions you can take to have a stress-free and enjoyable summer. Going Abroad?  Get your vaccines or boosters. Refer to the Centers for   …Continue Reading Summer Consumer Guidelines

Keep Your Pets Safe! Posted on Jul 15

Keep Your Pets Safe!

  Disasters and emergency situations can occur at any moment. Our furry friends tend to be forgotten when making emergency plans. According to the American Red Cross, home fires are the most preventable disasters. There are a few simple, but effective ways to make sure   …Continue Reading Keep Your Pets Safe!

What’s being done about Robocalls? Posted on Jul 3

What's being done about Robocalls?

With the rise of spoofed robocalls affecting millions across the nation, government agencies have been taking action. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on June 25, 2019 that it will be enforcing legal action against perpetrators of illegal robocalls. The effort, named “Operation Call It   …Continue Reading What’s being done about Robocalls?

Inventory Your Belongings Posted on Jun 27

Inventory Your Belongings

When a disaster strikes, the last thing a homeowner wants to do when filing a claim is try to organize all of the items lost in the event in order to substantiate their loss in as much detail as possible. That’s why this hurricane season,   …Continue Reading Inventory Your Belongings

Don’t Eat the Cost Posted on Jun 26

Don’t Eat the Cost

Did you know Americans throw out 30 to 40% of the food they buy because it is expired? Except for infant formula, product dating is not required by Federal regulations, therefore most labeling is done by companies voluntarily in order for them to tell you   …Continue Reading Don’t Eat the Cost