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In these pandemic times, scammers are stepping up their game, taking advantage of COVID-19 anxiety and confinement. Older adults were their first targets. Now scammers are bolder, infiltrating the phone calls, emails, and snail mail of almost everyone. Ask around. Chances are someone you know has either been the victim of a scam or an attempt. What are these imposters trying to snag? Your personal identifying information. It might be a credit card or bank account number they’re after, or perhaps the biggest key to your ID—your Social Security number.
To help you avoid identity theft, learn to recognize these top seven scams of the past six months:1. COVID-19 and the Imposter Unemployment Claim
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As the weather warms and pandemic restrictions continue, nights across the country have been disrupted by fireworks. For weeks now, police departments nationwide have reported record numbers of complaints about fireworks disturbing sleep, causing dogs to bark and babies to cry, and sparking fears of gunshots.
In Boston, alone, police received nearly 1,500 fireworks complaints in the first week of June—compared to 22 for the same week last year. Worcester has set up an anonymous fireworks tip line after police received a record 500 calls about the disturbances.
Why now? There are plenty of explanations and even a conspiracy theory, which I’ll spare you. The most probable reason, however, is simpler: boredom ...