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AARP’s Busiest Free Tax Preparation Help Site in CT Is at Darien Library — Starts Jan 27

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IRS-certified volunteer tax aides, trained by the American Association of Retired Persons, will be available Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 27 through April 15  in Darien Library. Taxpayers of all ages and incomes are invited to make appointments or just walk in. There is no charge for the service. Now’s the time to start gathering the financial documents you’ll need for filing. Continue Reading →

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Don’t Let a Cold Snap Make You a Non-Starter: Do Car Maintenance for the Winter Soon

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Cars, like humans, need seasonal checkups; in cold winter weather such as this week’s anticipated cold snap, it’s important to maximize fuel efficiency, maintain safety, and ensure your vehicle can start for the worst winter has in store for us. (more…) Continue Reading →

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AAA: Don’t Let a Cold Snap Make You a Non-Starter — Prepare Your Car for Winter

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Cars, like humans, need seasonal checkups; in cold winter weather such as this week’s anticipated cold snap, it’s important to maximize fuel efficiency, maintain safety, and ensure your vehicle can start for the worst winter has in store for us. So now is the time to get cranking on car maintenance, says AAA Northeast. (more…) Continue Reading →

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How to Protect the Elderly from Scams: Tips from the Federal Trade Commission

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The FTC just sent a report to Congress called Protecting Older Consumers 2018-2019. The report suggests steps to take to help protect older consumers from fraud. But the evidence also shows a thing or two everyone else can learn from them. Check out the sometimes surprising findings in this year’s report. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Stealing Your ID by Stealing Your Phone’s Account: How to Avoid the SIM Swap Scam

A Cell Phone Mobile Phone Smartphone FTC Consumer Information Blog Oct 23 2019
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If your cell phone is your go-to device for checking your email, paying your bills, or posting to social media, you’re not alone. So imagine that your cell phone suddenly stops working: no data, no text messages, no phone calls. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Protecting Your Boat in Hurricane Season: BoatUS Magazine Offers Free Guide

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What can you do to protect your boat during the 2019 hurricane season? The editors of BoatUS Magazine have teamed up with the experts at the BoatUS Catastrophe Response Team to create an up-to-date “Hurricane Preparation Guide.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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College Students: Beware of These Types of Scams — Tips from the Better Business Bureau

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During the transition from high school to college many students and parents are faced with tuition payments, financial aid and scholarship applications, and often have to purchase a new laptop or tablet. These are all things that could lead to being scammed if not careful. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Connecticut Tax Free Sales Week Runs From Sunday, Aug 18 to Saturday, Aug 24

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You know school is starting soon when the state announces “Tax Free Week.”

Per statute the 19th annual Tax Free Sales Week, which begins on the third Sunday of each August, is right around the corner. (more…) Continue Reading →

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After That Capital One Data Breach: Time to Get a Free Check of Your Credit Report

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If you needed yet another nudge to start keeping an eye on your credit report to protect against identity theft, Capital One has delivered it with its announcement that a data breach has exposed the personal information of 106 million of its credit card customers and credit card applicants in the U.St. and Canada. (more…) Continue Reading →

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