Consumer Awareness

April 2018: Tips on Selecting a Contractor

Deciding to build a home or renovate an existing one are huge endeavors. You wouldn't trust just anyone with your most important asset-your home. Use these tips to help select a legitimate and reputable contractor for your needs.

  • Get insurance certificates showing your contractor carries general liability insurance, including workers' compensation insurance if applicable. (This should cover at least $50,000.)
  • Ask them to provide at least 1 year written warranty on workmanship and materials. (ex. roofers may provide 5 years+ warranty)

For the full-listing of tips, click here.


September 2017: Equifax Data Breach FAQS

It is important to clarify Equifax is a credit agency, not a bank.

  • Equifax is one of three major credit reporting agencies and handles the data of 820 million consumers and more than 91 million businesses worldwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

I've been hearing about the Equifax breach in the news. What happened?

Equifax, one of the three major credit agencies, experienced a massive data breach. The hackers accessed people's names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.

Was my information compromised?

If you have a credit report, there's a good chance it was. Go to a special website set up by Equifax to find out: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ . Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Potential Impact," enter some personal information and the site will tell you if you've been affected. Be sure you're on a secure network (not public wi-fi) when you submit sensitive data over the internet.

To read more, click here .


May 2017: Phishing Scam

Email addresses have been targeted by a phishing scam that asks users to view a "Google Doc" that has been shared with them. Most often, the email comes from the address hhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailnator.com but can also show as a trusted email address. If you receive this email, do not open it. Instead, move it to your deleted folder and permanently delete it before exiting your email account.

To read more information about this phishing scam, visit nbcnews.com .

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