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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

How to Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Covid-19 At Home Tests Posted on Jan 28

How to Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Covid-19 At Home Tests

With the uptick of Covid-19 cases, the demand for at home Covid tests has increased. With this need for tests, fraudsters have seized the opportunity to create a new scam. When searching and purchasing Covid test kits online, consumers must now be on the look   …Continue Reading How to Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Covid-19 At Home Tests

Disconnect from Emergency Broadband Scams Posted on Dec 20

Disconnect from Emergency Broadband Scams

The Emergency Broadband Benefit program is a pandemic relief program through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that provides a discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If eligible, your household can receive up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated   …Continue Reading Disconnect from Emergency Broadband Scams

Steering Clear of Snapchat Scams Posted on Dec 13

Steering Clear of Snapchat Scams

Online fraud and identity theft prevention efforts are often focused on people who have less experience and knowledge of the internet, such as the elderly. However, even the most technologically savvy people can fall victim to scams. Scammers’ latest hunting ground for these younger victims is Snapchat, a popular   …Continue Reading Steering Clear of Snapchat Scams

Scam Alert: Charitable Giving Fraud Posted on Nov 23

Scam Alert: Charitable Giving Fraud

The holiday season brings out the best in people, and that often means making charitable donations.  While we get into the gift giving spirit this month, scammers are finding new ways to take advantage of your generosity through charity scams. This year Massachusetts joined the   …Continue Reading Scam Alert: Charitable Giving Fraud

FRAUD ALERT: COVID-19 Vaccine Survey Scam Posted on May 21

FRAUD ALERT: COVID-19 Vaccine Survey Scam

Distribution of the approved COVID-19 vaccines is well underway, but fraudsters are gaining access to vaccine-related data almost as fast as the rollout. According to the latest numbers from the Department of Public Health (DPH), more than 4 million people in Massachusetts have received at   …Continue Reading FRAUD ALERT: COVID-19 Vaccine Survey Scam

Ready Your Refusal Scripts! Posted on Feb 20

Ready Your Refusal Scripts!

  Sadly, we’ve all heard stories about elderly men and women who have been solicited or scammed. So it should come as no surprise that some reports indicate an estimated $37 billion is lost annually due to elder fraud.  The goal of all scammers is   …Continue Reading Ready Your Refusal Scripts!