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By Elizabeth Patino

As the new school year begins, many high school seniors and their families will begin the long and complicated process of filling out college applications. And many will also be applying for financial assistance and loans to help reach their educational goals. The majority of students applying will find themselves in financial debt after they…

When Something Really Is Too Good To Be True

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When Something Really Is Too Good To Be True

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We all want to protect ourselves and our families against fraud and scam, but there are so many out there! In just one year, fraud cost older Americans $2.9 billion. Many scams target our seniors, especially those who live alone. It’s important to educate yourself and older members of your family to recognize the signs…

Babysitters and Caregivers are Main Target of Scams on Job Sites

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Babysitters and Caregivers are Main Target of Scams on Job Sites

By Mariana Silva

A job search is often a moment of distress and apprehension. People desire and dream about the moment they will find a job that fits their professional profile. Nevertheless, during that pursuit, it is possible to fall into traps and, if you are not alert, to become a victim. Being aware is paramount because there…

Servicemembers and Identity Theft

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When members of the military go off to serve their country, they leave family and friends and all that is familiar. When they return, especially if they were away on a long deployment, they are often expected to just take up where they left off. But everything is different. Daily life seems more complicated, and…

It’s Home Improvement Season!

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It’s Home Improvement Season!

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As summer approaches and the weather warms, you start to see what needs fixing, what needs paint and what might need replacement. If construction, repairs, electrical work or plumbing are beyond the ability of the handyman or handywoman in your house, you may be looking for a reliable skilled contractor. Sometimes, that person has done…

Public Safety Announcement

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By Danbury Police Department

The Danbury Police Department has received several reports of a person posing as a “health inspector” for the City of Danbury and charging businesses for inspections. The male caller will call unsuspecting businesses and identify himself as a city of Danbury Health Inspector and demand credit card prepayments over the phone for an inspection that…

The Role of Prescription in the Opioid Crisis

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The Role of Prescription in the Opioid Crisis

By Jonathan A. Harris

  Several years ago, we wrote a column for “Get Smart – Pass It On” addressing the importance of safely disposing of expired or unused prescription drugs. At that time, the primary concern was that unused drugs, especially opioids, could fall into the hands of young, curious children who could be accidentally poisoned, or in…

More Old Scams for the New Year

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More Old Scams for the New Year

By Catherine Blinder

In this issue, we are going to review another common scam from the past year. Every year, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) surveys all 50 states and publishes the top 10 scams. For the last year, debt collection complaints topped the list. How to Deal With Debt Collection Sometimes, even the most responsible person can…

Be Aware: Self Help Scams

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Be Aware: Self Help Scams

By Catherine Blinder

As the old year ends, and the new one approaches, many of us look at it as an opportunity to work on improving our financial or personal situation. New Year’s resolutions are easy to talk about and not always that easy to accomplish! We can be inspired by advertising, websites, self-help books and magazines, but…

Staying Safe Online this Holiday Season

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Staying Safe Online this Holiday Season

By Catherine Blinder

Happy Holidays from your friends at the Department of Consumer Protection! With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us will be doing some of our shopping online. While it’s important to support our local businesses, sometimes the item we’re looking for isn’t available, or we don’t have transportation, or it is more affordable online….

Rental Car Billing Surprises

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Rental Car Billing Surprises

By Catherine Blinder

  Whether we need to drive to or from the airport, to an event or when our own car is in the shop for repairs, we trust rental car agencies to put us in a car that will bring us where we need to go, and do so safely and legally. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as smoothly as we want them…

Terms and Conditions May Apply

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Terms and Conditions May Apply

By Catherine Blinder

Last week, as I was walking down a busy street, I was nearly knocked over by a young woman making a ninety-degree turn while staring at her phone. Rather than ignore me and keep walking, which is what usually happens when one is a victim of “text distraction,” she looked up with a smile and said, “I’m so sorry! I just saw a Rattata behind that pole!”…