Category Archives: Scams

Share Your Scam Stories With Us!

I got an email from a friend asking for money and saying that she just landed somewhere and not to tell anyone about it.  Such an old scam.  I called my friend and she said that she couldn’t get into her email, etc.  We’ve heard it all before.  This topic was covered not only in one of our shows but also at a Live at the Library event on fraud awareness.  Tell us if you have recently encountered an “old” scam or a “new scam…

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Unauthorized Charges – Look Out!

Have you checked your bank account lately for unauthorized charges?   I did and found an unauthorized charge (they are called ACH charges) – automatic clearing house – Again, check your bank statement.  The policy is if you don’t contest it within 2 business days, you’re out….  Most people check their bank statements when they receive them or if online, at the end of the month.  What do you think of this?  Let’s hear from you!  Tell us your nightmares with banks or charge companies.

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Identity Theft, Scams, and Fraud On Sharon Community Television

Did you know that your credit cards can be stolen without anyone ever laying a hand on your wallet?  Do you know the difference between “phishing” and “smishing”?  Residents of Sharon and surrounding towns learned the many new techniques scam artists and fraudsters are using today to steal your identity and bank information.  The third in “The Law, Your Money….and You!” series, “Live at the Library,” featured three experts in the ever-changing arena of fraud, scams and identity theft.  Mark O’Shaugnessy of Identity Theft 911, Barbara Minkwitz of Eastern Bank, and Nicole Sanders O’Toole of the State Consumer Affairs Department, gave tips to consumers on how to recognize the danger signs of deceptive practices, and the steps we can all take to protect ourselves.  To see a replay of the show, tune in to SCTV Monday at 1:30 PM or 10:00 PM, or Wednesday at 11:30 AM or 9:30 PM.

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Live at the Library – January 19th!

On January 19th, 2012,  we will be taping at the Sharon Public Library at 7pm.  We will be discussing fraud and scams with three amazing guests!

We have Barbara Minkwitz who is with the Fraud Division of the Eastern Bank.  She previously appeared on one of our shows – the link to her show is at

Nicole Sanders O’Toole, Director of Consumer Education with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will also be coming.  Her colleagues appeared on our show and can also be seen at (Jason Lefferts and Diane Lawton).

Our third guest is an expert on Identity Theft .   Matt Cullina also appeared on our show a few months ago and has been a big hit in whatever Town he airs in.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.  And as always, if you have any comments or suggestions about the show, don’t be afraid to contact us!  You can email us at

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