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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

Learn about the 2022 Spring Housing Market Posted on Mar 22

Learn about the 2022 Spring Housing Market

Spring has sprung, and just like the weather, the housing market continues to warm up.  Home purchase prices and rental costs are at record highs across the nation and in the Commonwealth. The biggest hurdle for Massachusetts homebuyers, like tenants, is the low inventory of   …Continue Reading Learn about the 2022 Spring Housing Market

World Consumer Rights Day Posted on Mar 14

World Consumer Rights Day

Sixty years ago, on March 15, 1962, President John F. Kennedy addressed Congress saying, “Consumers, by definition, include us all.  They are the largest economic group in the economy, affecting and affected by almost every public and private economic decision.”  Today on the same day   …Continue Reading World Consumer Rights Day

National Credit Education Month: March 2022 Posted on Mar 7

National Credit Education Month: March 2022

A good credit score allows consumers to borrow money from lenders, typically at lower interest rates. Your credit score also affects your ability to obtain things such as an apartment lease, mobile phone, insurance, cable, or utility plan. This month is National Credit Education Month,   …Continue Reading National Credit Education Month: March 2022

HIC Social Media Recap Blog Posted on Feb 28

HIC Social Media Recap Blog

Planning for a remodeling or construction project requires great attention to detail and follow through by both consumers and contracted businesses.  In Massachusetts, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) registers qualified home improvement contractors and offers certain protections for eligible homeowners and   …Continue Reading HIC Social Media Recap Blog

America Saves Week 2022: Building Financial Resilience Posted on Feb 21

America Saves Week 2022: Building Financial Resilience

The past two years have been challenging both in Massachusetts and across the globe, and many of these challenges have impacted consumer finances.  In fact, a Bankrate.com survey recently reported that only 40% of Americans have enough savings for a $1,000 unanticipated expense.  To help   …Continue Reading America Saves Week 2022: Building Financial Resilience

President’s Day Weekend Car Shopping Tips Posted on Feb 18

President’s Day Weekend Car Shopping Tips

Annual President’s Day car sales are in full swing, and shoppers are expected to make big purchases. This holiday weekend consumers should prepare for high markups on vehicle prices due to inventory issues and chip shortages. Make sure to read the fine print while shopping   …Continue Reading President’s Day Weekend Car Shopping Tips

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

Filing your 2021 tax Returns with a Tax Preparer? Here are some tips to get you started. Posted on Feb 11

Filing your 2021 tax Returns with a Tax Preparer?  Here are some tips to get you started.

The 2021 tax season is now in full swing, and the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation wants all Massachusetts residents to be prepared. Below are some tips and important dates to keep in mind in preparation to meet and file with your chosen   …Continue Reading Filing your 2021 tax Returns with a Tax Preparer? Here are some tips to get you started.