Shred Day at South Shore Bank

May 29, 2014

Filed under: Community,Financial — Alexis @ 1:39 PM

I just received notice that South Shore Bank will be holding a shred day at its East Bridgewater branch on Saturday, June 7th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This event is free, open to the public, and a great eco-friendly way to safely dispose of any personal documents you no longer need. Here are the details:

“For those who feel like they are buried in personal documents that they don’t want to throw out for fear of theft, South Shore Bank has the answer. The Bank will hold a “Shred Day” at their branch office at 225 Bedford Street in East Bridgewater on Saturday, June 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., during which people can bring their confidential documents to the Bank and watch as they are turned into confetti in a mobile shredding unit.

Shredding services at South Shore Bank’s “Shred Day” will be provided by Shred King Corp., which is AAA-Certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). All shredded material will be delivered by Shred King to a recycling center.

The South Shore Bank “Shred Day” is free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-682-3715.”

National Grid Billing Scam

May 22, 2014

Filed under: Elder Abuse,Financial — Alexis @ 10:48 AM

I recently received an email from Norwell Police Chief Ted Ross warning South Shore residents about a utility billing scam. Fraudulent callers are targeting National Grid customers throughout New England. The scammers are demanding payment of alleged electric bill balances (that customers may not even owe) and are threatening to shut off their electricity immediately unless given checking account or credit card information.

What should you do if this happens to you? Ask the caller for the last five digits of your National Grid account number. Inevitably, they won’t have it and you can hang up and rest assured the caller is a scammer. DO NOT give out your banking or credit card information. If you want to verify your account billing status, the telephone number for the National Grid Customer Contact Center is 1-800-322-3223.

Criminals can easily obtain false names for caller identification purposes and attempt to pose as legitimate businesses over the phone. So remember, the best practice is to NEVER give out your banking, credit card, or personal information (such as your date of birth or Social Security number) over the telephone unless YOU initiated the call and are certain of the merchant’s identity. Additional resources on scams and identity theft from the Attorney General’s office can be found here.

Michelle Singletary – She’s Done It Again

May 7, 2014

Filed under: Financial,Living at Home,MassHealth — Alexis @ 10:42 AM

I love her columns, I really do.  A few weekends ago, she nailed it once again.  Read her column here where she tells older parents why they need to talk to their adult children about the care they would like as they age.   Keep in mind that the cost figures she cites are national averages – and so, you guessed it, Massachusetts $$ numbers are higher.

I haven’t read the book she is suggesting, but if Michelle Singletary likes it, I’m sure it’s good.