Mass Consumer Affairs Blog

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Category Archives: Safety Tips

Tips to Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams Posted on Apr 1

Tips to Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

As technology continues to advance, identity thieves are also becoming more clever. Scammers are constantly developing new, nearly undetected, tactics to trick their targets.  The most common way consumers are defrauded online is through phishing.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center recorded   …Continue Reading Tips to Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

Steps You Can Take During an Auto Recall Posted on Feb 15

Steps You Can Take During an Auto Recall

Last week Hyundai and Kia recalled over 483,000 cars and SUVs due to a fire risk. The companies advise that owners of the 2016-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2017-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL, 2014-2015 Hyundai Tucson, and 2014-2016 Kia Sportage SUVs,   …Continue Reading Steps You Can Take During an Auto Recall

Fraud Alert: Romance Scams Posted on Feb 14

Fraud Alert: Romance Scams

Romance and dating scams are an increasing phenomenon as new applications and websites are introduced and more people turn to the internet to find love. It is possible that while swiping right on potential partners you may match with a fraudster.  The Federal Trade Commission   …Continue Reading Fraud Alert: Romance Scams

Halloween Safety Tips Posted on Oct 31

Halloween Safety Tips

Summer quickly faded to Fall with bright color leaves changing and crisp weather rolling in.  These changes also mean that it’s spooky season, a time for costumes and delicious treats.  Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights this month and staying safe is very   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips

Cybersecurity Awareness Month #BeCyberSmart 2021 Posted on Oct 4

Cybersecurity Awareness Month #BeCyberSmart 2021

Consumers are constantly using new and emerging technologies both at work and at home.  As a society we’ve become more dependent on internet connection as events, employment, and momentous occasions move to virtual platforms. This in turn presents a need for increased security in our   …Continue Reading Cybersecurity Awareness Month #BeCyberSmart 2021

Hurricane Preparedness 2021 Posted on Aug 20

Hurricane Preparedness 2021

New England is known for its changing seasons which bring both beautiful foliage and weather destruction. In any corner of the world a natural disaster, severe weather event, or emergency can strike at any time, that’s why it’s imperative for consumers to be prepared—especially during   …Continue Reading Hurricane Preparedness 2021

Winter is Coming, Are You Ready? Posted on Nov 3

Winter is Coming, Are You Ready?

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting a lot colder. As New Englanders we are beginning to switch the items in our  wardrobes from light weight tee-shirts to heavy cardigans. This fall your closet should not be the only room in the   …Continue Reading Winter is Coming, Are You Ready?

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Posted on Oct 29

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 25 – 31, 2020 – is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and their partners have organized this to heighten awareness   …Continue Reading National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

National Preparedness Month: National Flood Insurance Program Facts Posted on Sep 22

National Preparedness Month: National Flood Insurance Program Facts

You never know when rainfall may lead to a major flood. National Preparedness Month is a great time to make sure your home and belongings are prepared for the unexpected. Having a flood in your home can cause major destruction, leading to costly repairs. Programs   …Continue Reading National Preparedness Month: National Flood Insurance Program Facts