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Consumer Tip: How to Avoid Social Media Scams  

11/29/2022 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Avoid Social Media Scams

Holiday Shopping: Black Friday  

11/22/2022 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Black Friday shopping deals

What You Need to Know About 30-Day Demand Letters  

11/18/2022 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Sometimes expectations about a purchased product or service fall short and you’re unsure of the next steps. If you are unable to resolve a complaint with a merchant, you may decide to take legal action which starts with a 30-Day Demand Letter.

What You Need to Know About 30-Day Demand Letters

Consumer Tip: Scams and Fraud Targeting the Veteran Population  

11/10/2022 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

This month, veterans are not the only ones taking advantage of exclusive discounts and offers for service men and women in honor of Veterans Day. Scammers are impersonating businesses and faking military credentials to swindle vulnerable consumers.

Consumer Tip: Scams and Fraud Targeting the Veteran Population

Alert: Disaster Relief Scams  

11/04/2022 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Fraudsters use the opportunity of natural disasters to take advantage of people impacted by the event and kindhearted individuals wanting to help. In the wake of severe weather, such as the recent Hurricane Ian, donation scams and aid fraud increase.

Scam Alert: Disaster Event Fraud

What To Expect With your Upcoming Tax Rebate  

11/02/2022 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Last month the Baker Administration announced that eligible Massachusetts taxpayers will receive a tax rebate connected to their 2021 filings. Individuals should start seeing funds by check or direct deposit in November.

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Protect Yourself: Know All About Data Privacy  

10/27/2022 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

If you were a victim of a data breach, remain vigilant and continue to monitor your credit, secure your accounts, and consider placing a fraud alert on your credit report. Visit OCABR’s web resources for more information about the Breach Notification Law.

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How to Protect Yourself This College Application Season  

10/19/2022 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Fraudsters targeting school-aged consumers is on the rise, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reporting that those under age 19 lost more than $50 million to scams in 2021.

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Protect Your Grandparents From Common Scams  

9/27/2022 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

A grandparent scam occurs when a fraudster targets an older individual stating that their grandchild is in trouble and demands wire transfers, gift cards, or cryptocurrency to save their family.

Grandparents Scam Blog

Be Careful Streaming This Football Season  

9/22/2022 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation wants consumers looking to skip paying extra fees by watching football games on free streaming sports sites to know the risk potential of an unsecure site.

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