Archive | Consumer Tips

TIP: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping

An estimated 164 million people planned to shop during Thanksgiving weekend, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. That includes Cyber Monday, when online shoppers are estimated at 48 percent of all shoppers, or 78.4 million. Here are some tips on popular scams to be aware of this […]

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TIP: Jury Duty Scam

Recently throughout New Jersey, there have been a variety of scam calls claiming failure to show up for Jury Duty. After deceiving the victim, the scammers demand money in exchange for their failure to show up insisting they are with the FBI. The scammers will call and insist that the victim failed to show up […]

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TIP: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 28, 2017 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This initiative provide single-day opportunities to drop off unused medications at pre-identified, secure locations. Addiction often starts when patients are prescribed powerful opioids for pain. Studies show that most people who abuse opioids obtained them from a friend or family member, and prescription drug users […]

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TIP: Homestead Rebate

The Homestead Rebate program provides some amount of property tax relief to almost all homeowners, with only those living in a co-op, in a senior living community, or those who sold their home after applying being ineligible.  New Jersey homeowners should’ve received their 2015 Homestead Act application packets either through mail or email. Read the […]

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TIP: Equifax Data Breach

Recently, one of the most popular credit reporting agencies, Equifax, had a data breach leaving its 143 million consumers at risk of their personal information being exposed. The incident occurred between May and June, and hackers were able to get a hold of valuable information such as social security number, birthdates and addresses. In addition, […]

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TIP: Door Solicitors

In the technology age it seems that in-person scams have become almost unheard of. But recently, there have been reports of scammers going door-to-door tricking homeowners into inviting unwanted guests into their home. Specifically in Woodland Park, scammers are posing as utility workers claiming to check the water pressure. Many solicitors are legitimate salespeople, and […]

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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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