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Launched in 1973, DA’s Consumer Protection Unit going strong
08-24-2023 5:36 PM

The ice maker in your refrigerator stops working and you can’t get anyone to fix it. You got a notice from a debt collector for a credit card account you didn’t open. You buy a car and it won’t pass inspection. What can you do?You can call the...

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Consumer Corner: Unraveling the mystery of credit score calculations
06-27-2024 10:07 AM

By ANITA WILSON

Do you know your credit score? Equally important, do you know how that score is calculated? This is important information to have because it impacts your standing when you go to apply for a car loan, mortgage or credit card. Yes, a person’s score...


Consumer Corner: AT&T breach a cautionary tale
06-06-2024 11:08 AM

By ANITA WILSON

In recent months, millions of current and former AT&T customers received notices that their personal data had been stolen and then published on the dark web.Generally speaking, personal data refers to personal information such as names, email and...


Consumer Corner: A two-day reprieve in tax filing deadline offers time for tips
04-11-2024 10:05 AM

By ANITA WILSON

The deadline to file state and federal income taxes is right around the corner. But in Massachusetts, filers have a two-day reprieve thanks to a state holiday.With Patriots’ Day on April 15 this year, state residents have until 11:59 p.m. on April 17...


Consumer Corner: With spring weather comes spring scams
03-28-2024 11:25 AM

By ANITA WILSON

Just like crocuses and daffodils, new scams emerge around this time of year.Warmer weather brings out individuals who knock on your door with offers to make repairs to your home, driveway or yard. They might say that they have materials such as...


Consumer Corner: Gift card or money wasted? Tips for keeping value intact
01-25-2024 12:51 PM

By ANITA WILSON

You may have received gift cards as presents this holiday season, or you may have some tucked away in a drawer or in your wallet for safe keeping. They are so prevalent that almost half of all adults have at least one gift card, and the combined total...


Consumer Corner: Some tips when considering solar
06-22-2023 10:38 AM

By ANITA WILSON

You may have seen advertisements about going solar or maybe you’ve seen fields of solar panels popping up along the highway. I have some tips if you are considering solar.Before you speak to any company, determine your electricity usage. This...


Consumer Corner: What to do if a data breach happens to you
06-01-2023 11:12 AM

By ANITA WILSON

You receive a notice in the mail saying that your personal information was exposed in a data breach. You are not alone. You may remember the Equifax breach in 2017 where hackers got into their computer systems and stole personal information belonging...


Consumer Corner with Anita Wilson: Eyes wide open for cryptocurrency scams
03-30-2023 11:26 AM

By ANITA WILSON

Whenever I make presentations on consumer issues, I advise people to be wary of requests for payment with cryptocurrency. Inevitably, the question comes back: “What’s cryptocurrency?” Cryptocurrency is a form of money. But you can’t hold it in your...


Consumer Corner: Advice for car hunters this Presidents Day weekend
02-16-2023 10:20 AM

By ANITA WILSON

Presidents Day weekend is often the first big sales event of the year for car dealerships, and many consumers show up in search of deals. Here are some tips to consider before you start looking for a new or used vehicle.First, decide how much you can...


Consumer Corner with Anita Wilson: New Year’s resolutions are for more than diets and exercise
01-19-2023 3:13 PM

By ANITA WILSON

At the start of a new year, many people resolve to eat healthier or to get more exercise. As a consumer advocate, I suggest resolving to be better consumers. By doing so, you may be able to save money and avoid fraud. Here are my suggestions for...

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