Archive | Consumer Tips

TIP: Password Safety

Passwords are used for for nearly everything – banking, email, social media, shopping sites, paying bills – the list is endless.They unlock the world at the push of button. Some estimates say the average person has about 30 accounts requiring a password, so having a good password is vital to protecting your information. It is your first line of […]

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TIP: Unclaimed Property

For many people, it is not difficult to forget about a bank account they have not used in years or misplaced their state income tax check. This money does not simply disappear but is given to the state to hold on to after a certain amount of time has passed. New Jersey has an Unclaimed […]

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TIP: Charity Fraud and Scams 

Hurricane Harvey has become the most devastating natural distaster in history.  Estimates put the total cost of damage at $160 billion.  Unfortunately, natural disasters prompt charity fraud and scams to prey on the goodwill of those trying to help. If you are looking to make a donation to a charity there are a few key […]

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TIP: Lemon Laws

When life gives you lemons, you’re supposed to make lemonade… but it’s a different story when the Lemon is your car. A “Lemon” is a motor vehicle that has or develops defects that remain unresolved, or a vehicle that repeatedly fails to meet standards of quality and performance. The defect must substantially impair the use, value or safety of […]

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TIP: Tax Assessor Scam

A new scam has been discovered in the North Jersey area. The scammers have been targeting residents and stating that their tax bill has not been paid. At that point, the caller will say that the problem can be solved if the resident gives their credit card information. For most residents, when there is any […]

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TIP: The Hazards of Charging Phone & Tablet

A new study shows 53 percent of children and teens charge their cellphones and tablets under a bed or pillow. This can cause a high risk of fires. Officials warned that leaving your device in these locations could be extremely dangerous because the heat generated from the charger cannot dissipate. Therefore, the charger can overheat […]

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TIP: EZPasses and “Discount Deception”

If your frequently drive in New York – your toll bill may be higher than you thought. New York / New Jersey crossings operated by MTA offer an EZPass discount – but only if it was issued by a New York agency.  If your EZPass was issued by the NJTA or the SJTA, you are charged the […]

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TIP: Reporting Scam Calls To The Attorney General

Like many others, I recently received a spam call  falsely claiming that the US federal government was taking legal action against me. Here is a transcript of the call: “CH796216 The purpose of this call is regarding an enforcement action which has been executed by the U.S. Treasury Department regarding tax fraud against your name. […]

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TIP: Summer Vacation Rentals

It’s summer time, and that means many people will be heading to new and exciting places for their family vacations. While planning your trip, be aware of potential frauds and scams that you may come across, and know that there are ways to vacation safely. Here are some tips to help recognize and avoid some of […]

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