BBB Cautions Consumers of Fake Boston Marathon Charities
Marlborough, MA - Marathon Monday is right around the corner, falling on April 21 this year, and will be the 118th running with over 36,000 participants. Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI and VT (BBB) cautions consumers of illegitimate charities and scams surrounding the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Apr 11, 2014 - 7:03:07 AM
Don't Get Scammed by This Dozen
Usually the word "dozen" describes pleasant things like a dozen donuts or a dozen roses. However, this time of year, the IRS apparently does not think of the word "dozen" as a pleasant word as it has recently released the "Dirty Dozen" Tax Schemes for this year. With tax season in full swing and April 15 just around the corner, here is a sampling of what consumers should look out for:
Mar 28, 2014 - 7:07:23 AM
G.E.A.R. Parent Network "Lives in the Balance" event
Dr. Ross Greene presents on stage in TopshamTOPSHAM -- G.E.A.R. Parent Network, a program of Crisis & Counseling Centers, hosted a free presentation Wednesday by Dr. Ross Greene, a well-known educator and author who has devoted his life to helping children and teens with behavioral challenges and their caregivers. Those attending the Topsham Lives in the Balance event learned how Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach is improving the way youths with behavioral challenges are being understood and treated in Maine.
Mar 21, 2014 - 8:15:30 AM
Crisis & Counseling Centers New Board of Directors Members
AUGUSTA -- Crisis & Counseling Centers' Board of Directors voted in three new members at a recent meeting. Susan Cover, Dale Lancaster and Dr. Kim Lane have varying professional interests, but they share a dedication to C&C's mission to deliver effective solutions to Mainers with behavioral health needs.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:37:25 AM
One of Maine's few remaining all-female counseling programs
Crisis & Counseling Centers and Crossroads are the only behavioral health centers in Maine to offer intensive outpatient services specifically for females. The Women's IOP at C&C is designed to help clients recover from substance abuse, develop coping skills and learn to understand how past traumas might be affecting their behavior, according to C&C Substance Abuse Clinician Jodie Hart. Hart has been facilitating the IOP since 2008 and has seen it evolve to meet emerging needs in the community.
Feb 26, 2014 - 6:43:48 AM
A happy marriage starts from childhood education
In my book the "Matchmaker of the Century," I have talked about the lack of "relationship training" for men and women. Contrary to belief, the knowledge on how to get along well with the opposite sex does not come naturally as one grows up!
Feb 26, 2014 - 6:30:15 AM
Watch for Scams Following Target Data Breach
Scammers are taking advantage of the data breach that compromised Target customers' credit and debit card information. Watch for con artists using this highly public event to fool consumers into sharing their credit card and/or personal information.
Jan 10, 2014 - 12:13:32 AM
His Mercy Endureth Forever
Psalm 136 in Hebrew and English at www.mechon-mamre.org
Jan 5, 2014 - 12:02:05 AM
Rep. Michaud's address to 79 New U.S. Citizens
PORTLAND, Maine -- On Friday, Representative Mike Michaud was a guest speaker at a naturalization ceremony held at the Portland Public Library. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalized 79 candidates for citizenship during the ceremony.
Dec 22, 2013 - 5:05:34 AM
BBB Warning: Smart Phone Apps May Share Your Information
Dec 21, 2013 - 12:07:35 AM
A Guide to Surviving Fraud Attempts During the Holidays
Christmas carols herald the spirit of the holiday, and the Twelve days of Christmas does so in a unique way. Better Business Bureau offers its own version, to remind consumers to take extra special care to avoid having the holiday ruined by fraud and theft.
Dec 12, 2013 - 5:33:38 AM
IBHS Offers Freezing Weather Guidance to Reduce Risks
As a large portion of the U.S. from California to Kentucky is blanketed with snow and freezing temperatures, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a national research and communications organization, offers severe winter weather guidance for home and business owners in those areas. Find out how you can reduce damage to your property from freezing weather
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:47:14 AM
Be a Calculated Gift Giver this Holiday Season
With careful planning, consumers can make the most of their holidays without straining their budgets. Better Business Bureau and ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions are encouraging consumers to be "calculated gift givers" this holiday season. Here are five tips to help you be more calculated in your holiday planning:
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:13:15 AM
New IPhone app alerts Just in time for holiday travel and flu season
Sickweather, a Baltimore-based company that tracks illness, has launched their first mobile app for the iPhone to alert users in real-time when they enter sick zones: areas near reports of illness gathered from social media. This is the first app of it's kind to leverage big data from social media, along with Apple iOS's geofencing and notification technologies, to serve health alerts.
Nov 28, 2013 - 5:17:26 AM
Thriving in the Face of Cancer: You Are Not Alone
When you or someone you love hears the words, "you have cancer," it changes your whole life. It sweeps away not just the patient, but the entire family, leaving everyone feeling helpless, lonely and afraid. Then it dumps you onto a healthcare conveyer belt that adds to the confusion, disconnection and exhaustion. That's why Reimagine steps in: to make sure that you and your family are not alone. A revolutionary new wellness company, Reimagine is providing the "other half of care"--care for the person--by addressing the social and emotional challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.
Nov 15, 2013 - 5:37:52 AM
8 Holiday Travel Tips That Will Help You Save Money
Marlborough, MA -- The holiday season is fast-approaching and if you haven't already booked your flight home, now is definitely the time to do it. When it comes to booking holiday flights; the earlier you book, the more you'll save. This may seem like a standard rule of thumb but Better Business Bureau has a few more travel tips to help you save time and money this holiday season:
Nov 10, 2013 - 1:05:33 AM
Photographs of the Week: Watercolors of Insula by Leo Trinkuns (1899-1948)
These watercolor paintings by Leo Trinkuns (1899-1948) who died while living at Insula. He was among the millions of refugees from Eastern and Central Europe who were left stranded in a Germany defeated and devastated by the end of World War II.
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:02:18 AM
BBB Recommends 4 Ways to Teach Your Child Cyber Awareness
Marlborough, MA -- As a parent, one of your top priorities is the safety of your children. You teach your child not to talk to strangers and to look both ways when crossing the road, but how often do you talk to your child about cyber security?
Oct 31, 2013 - 5:53:20 AM
Is Pet Insurance Worth the Money?
Standard pet insurance is similar to human health insurance in many ways. It is provided by a third party and can be used either at any vet or one within a participating network of providers. Pet insurance plans may include deductibles, co-payments and exclusions. Premiums typically vary depending on your pet's species, breed and age and the level of coverage you choose. If you are seriously considering pet insurance, keep in mind that not all plans are created equal. Make sure to ask questions regarding insurance policies, exclusions, co-payments, and coverage limits.
Oct 28, 2013 - 2:33:11 PM
Craigslist Mugging Prompts Private Sales Warnings
Wisconsin woman Emily Graham recently tried to sell her three-carat diamond ring through a listing on Craigslist. Someone posing as a buyer allegedly duped her into flying to St. Louis to meet him, then assaulted and robbed her.
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:25:36 AM
4 Tips for Getting the Most "BOO" for Your Halloween Buck
Halloween is just around the corner and department stores have lined their aisles with ghostly costumes and spooky decorations. Halloween is known for being one of the biggest holiday shopping seasons of the year. The average American will spend $75.03 on Halloween items this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Total spending on candy, costumes and decorations is expected to reach a whopping $7 billion.
Oct 17, 2013 - 6:53:46 AM
Commissioners refuse to approve social studies textbooks in Tennessee
Yes, folks, you can fight city hall. It's not easy, but it can be done. You have to be informed, organized and strategic. Which is what we do at ACT! for America and what our Tennessee chapter leaders and members did. They did it smart. They did it right. And they're just the latest example of what ACT! for America is accomplishing and how our strategic and grassroots approach WORKS!
Oct 15, 2013 - 6:10:55 AM
Giving Real Opportunities to Thieves
These tidbits of information were forwarded in an email and are a stark reminder of how careful we must be in this technological age. With a little care and attention, we can save ourselves a lot of emotional and financial trouble. We can protect ourselves from home invaders.
Aug 14, 2013 - 1:00:17 AM
Tips for Summer Vacations
Vacations can sometimes come with a hefty price tag. Rather than overspending, be proactive and plan ahead. This time around, you can enjoy a real vacation without depleting your funds or creating unnecessary debt.
Jul 18, 2013 - 12:07:27 AM
Photograph of the Week: Random Beautiful Photographs
Jul 14, 2013 - 12:02:08 AM
Photograph of the Week: East Millinocket's Roderick Fraser is Boston Fire Commissioner
May 12, 2013 - 12:02:42 AM
National Moving Month Scams
May is National Moving Month, which kicks off the busiest time of year for Americans changing residencies. It also means unlicensed movers and dishonest scammers are waiting to take advantage of unwary consumers. Better Business Bureau is again joining with the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) to provide important tips on how to avoid scams.
May 8, 2013 - 1:36:06 AM
Charity Scams - Boston Marathon Bombing
At least one poorly-conceived charity scam has already emerged in the wake of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and more are likely. BBB Wise Giving Alliance ("Alliance"), the national charity monitoring arm of the Better Business Bureau, and BBB Serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont ("BBB Boston") cautions donors about potential red flags concerning tragedy-related philanthropy.
Apr 21, 2013 - 12:13:01 AM
The Pitfalls of auto insurance
Marlborough, MA -- Motor vehicle collisions and other auto-related mishaps result in billions of dollars in property damage, medical and legal bills and lost income every year. Car owners need to protect their vehicle and themselves with auto insurance, but how do you know if you are properly covered?
Mar 20, 2013 - 9:16:28 AM
BBB Warns: Watch Out for These Small Business Scams
Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection have put together a list of some of the top business scam situations:
Mar 13, 2013 - 8:46:22 AM
Photograph of the Week: Magnificent Whale
Feb 24, 2013 - 12:02:25 AM
Phony Officials Trick Consumers into "Verifying" Info on Do Not Call Registry
Just hang up the phone; this situation is always a scam. Representatives from the registry will not call you. And sharing personal with the caller will just put you at risk for identity theft.
Feb 20, 2013 - 12:26:07 AM
Photo of the Week: Milt Gross' Neighbors
Feb 17, 2013 - 12:02:08 AM
How Can I Tell Fake Coupons from Real Ones?
Searching for coupons online is an easy way to save money. Unfortunately, it's also an easy way to give your name and contact info to scammers. Be sure to verify a coupon deal is real before sharing your information.
Jan 18, 2013 - 10:55:32 PM
Watch out for false dieting claims
BBB processes hundreds of complaints against weight loss products and health clubs every year. Complaints range from recurrent charges on credit cards for "free" products to dissatisfaction with the hours or service provided by fitness clubs.
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:29:00 PM
Photo for the New Year: As the Dark before the Dawn
Dec 30, 2012 - 12:02:45 AM
The gift card text message scam is back
Marlborough, MA -- The gift card text message scam is back with a vengeance this holiday shopping season. Shoppers across the country are reporting receiving spam text messages, called smishing, saying they won a pricey gift card.
Dec 16, 2012 - 12:07:04 AM
Photograph of the Week: Christmas is not Politically Correct
Dec 16, 2012 - 12:02:34 AM
Defrauding Homeowners on Storm Damage
Homeowners must be alert to storm-chasing contractors who try to exploit the confusion after superstorm Sandy to make shoddy repairs or steal down payments
Nov 30, 2012 - 5:37:55 AM
Photo of the Week: 'AFRIKA' Power Point Presentation Photograph
Nov 18, 2012 - 12:02:40 AM