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29 Ways to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on May 13, 2019 7:53:50 AM

Do you keep your many passwords in a computer file labeled “passwords”? Do you type in your mother’s maiden name when asked by a security feature? Do you like to do your online holiday shopping while sipping coffee at Panera? If you answered yes to any of these, it is time to update your habits. 

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Topics: security

What is a Mass Save® Home Energy Assessment?

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Sep 6, 2018 7:30:00 AM

I learned two things from my free Mass Save® home energy assessment last year: both the attic insulation and windows of my home are in great shape. This was good news to hear before investing in central air conditioning. The auditor also helped me prioritize home energy projects on my honey-do list.

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Topics: Mass Save, Green

Top Precautions to Take Following the Equifax Hack

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Sep 8, 2017 1:21:43 PM

On September 7, consumer reporting agency Equifax announced that hackers gained unauthorized access to its data files. As many as 143 million people, mostly in the United States, are potentially impacted by this breach. The company also identified criminal access to information involving residents of the United Kingdom and Canada, adding that no other countries were affected.

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Topics: scams, security

Purple Heart Recipient Honored by Hanscom FCU

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Aug 30, 2017 2:02:32 PM

The crowd cheered as James Capozzi took the mound for a ceremonial first pitch at the Lowell Spinners game this week. The Wilmington resident was joined by family and friends for star treatment at Edward A. LeLacheur Park, where he was honored in Hanscom Federal Credit Union’s annual Heroes Among Us program.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU, Community, Hero

Hanscom FCU Honors Army Veteran as a Hero

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Aug 29, 2017 11:48:06 AM

With his name in lights on the Jumbotron, Michael Mabee drew crowd applause as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Lowell Spinners game this week. Mr. Mabee was honored at Edward A. LeLacheur Park as a hero in Hanscom Federal Credit Union’s annual Heroes Among Us celebration, a program that recognizes U.S. military veterans nominated by the community.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU, Community, Hero

5 Scams Making News

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Jul 18, 2017 7:17:53 AM

Like bad house guests, scams come and go – leaving us hoping that they don’t return for another visit. But they do, sometimes altering their appearance a little. As scammers perfect their methods of luring victims, it can be difficult at times to identify a scam. To help all of us, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regularly reports on popular scams in circulation. Here are 5 popular scams making the rounds this season:

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Topics: scams

How can I reach one million dollars in savings?

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Jul 12, 2017 11:30:00 AM

 No matter your age, there is an answer to this question. And I’ll share it with you in this blog. Depending on how old you are and how much you have in savings, you are either going to like the answer or not.

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Topics: Money Management, Savings

Common Real Estate Scam Hits My Family

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Jul 12, 2017 9:29:27 AM

My son is not renting his Boston condo, though you may see it listed for rent on Craigslist. Yesterday, an astute woman searching for an apartment in the city spotted the scam ad and contacted my son. It turns out his is one of many properties featured in a common real estate scam. 

“When the woman was asked to wire money to a routing number, she became suspicious,” he told me. “She found my name as the owner of public record and reached out to me on Facebook to find out if the ad was legit, and that’s how we discovered the scam. It’s a little unnerving.”

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Topics: mortgage, scams

4 Things to Know About Credit Card Balance Transfers

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Feb 28, 2017 10:35:00 AM

     Moving your debt to a low-interest credit card might seem like a quick solution to slow a growing balance, but that may not be the case. Fine print could reveal fees, changing introductory interest rates, and other unexpected hits to your wallet.

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Topics: Credit Card

Paying for College Starts with the FAFSA

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Feb 22, 2017 12:45:38 PM

The U.S. Department of Education awards more than $150 billion each year in federal aid for higher education – and, surprisingly, more than $2 billion of this financial aid goes unclaimed. Your opportunity for some of that money begins by filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The application process is relatively simple, and there is no reason not to do it. By submitting a FAFSA, you make yourself available for federal grants, work-study funds, low-interest federal student loans and possibly state or school scholarships.

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Topics: College, budget, children

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