Share Button

Scammers Posing As E-ZPass To Collect ‘Unpaid Tolls’

The Better Business Bureau is warning individuals about a new scam involving E-ZPass and unpaid tolls.

“Scammers are posing as E-ZPass in emails and claiming to collect unpaid tolls. The emails carry viruses that infect your computer and can open you up to identity theft,” said Paula Flemming of the BBB.

How the Scam Works:

You receive an email that appears to be from E-ZPass. It uses the correct colors and logo and appears to be collecting money from an unpaid toll. The message says you have ignored previous bills and urges you to pay immediately by downloading an attached “invoice.”

You download the attachment, but nothing seems to happen. Not true! You just downloaded a virus to your computer. These viruses scan your machine for personal and banking information, which opens you up to the threat of identity theft.

As always watch out for variations on this scam. As the con evolves, scammers might change to phishing phone calls or link to a compromised or fraudulent third party website instead of an email attachment.

How to Spot a Phishing Email: 

  • Watch for look alike URLs. Be wary of sites that have the brand name as a subdomain of another URL (i.e. “ezpass.scamwebsite.com”) or part of a longer URL (i.e. “ezpasspayyourtolls.com.”)
  • Hover over URLs in emails to reveal their true destination. Scammers can make links appear to lead to a legitimate website, when they really point to a scam site, like the examples above.
  • Don’t open attachments from unfamiliar sources. Legitimate businesses rarely send unsolicited emails with attachments. Always confirm an email is real before you download anything.

For more information you can trust, visit us at bbb.org/boston or on Facebook.

Share Button

Gas Prices Down Five Cents

A month ago, concern that unrest in Iraq might affect that country’s oil production led to an increase in gasoline prices both locally and across the nation. Iraq’s oil production capability has not been impacted, however, and prices at the pump have been declining over the past four weeks. Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down five cents from last week, according to AAA Southern New England.

AAA’s July 21st survey of prices in Massachusetts found self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $3.62 per gallon, down five cents from last week. Prices locally are six cents lower than a month ago. The current price is five cents more than the national average for self serve unleaded of $3.57. A year ago at this time the Massachusetts average price was nine cents higher at $3.71.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 44 cents, from a low of $3.45 to a high of $3.89. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every trip-every time.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                                Grade

$3.629 ($3.459-$3.899)                                    Regular Unleaded

$3.799 ($3.579-$3.999)                                    Midgrade Unleaded

$3.919 ($3.679-$4.299)                                    Premium Unleaded

$3.949 ($3.779-$4.399)                                    Diesel

Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto AAA.com and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools. AAA members can also obtain a copy of the Gas Watcher’s Guide at their local AAA Southern New England office.

AAA Fuel Saving Tip of the Week

Don’t top off your gas tank completely. In warm weather, fuel can expand and overflow.

Share Button

A Helping Hand Returns ‘The Helping Hand’

Thanks to a helping hand - and generous donation - from Wollaston resident Harold Crowley, the oil painting "The Helping Hand," has been restored and returned to its home at the Wollaston Branch of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Photo Courtesy Crane Public Library

Thanks to a helping hand – and generous donation – from Wollaston resident Harold Crowley, the oil painting “The Helping Hand,” has been restored and returned to its home at the Wollaston Branch of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Photo Courtesy Crane Public Library

A well-loved painting that depicts a weather-worn fisherman with a young girl in a rowboat has been beautifully restored and returned to its home at the Wollaston Branch Library thanks to a generous donation by longtime Wollaston resident Harold S. Crowley.

Generations of library visitors have enjoyed this oil reproduction of the famous painting by French artist Emile Renouf called “Un Coup de Main” or “The Helping Hand”. The original painting dates from 1881 and hung for over one hundred years in Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran gallery, captivating visitors with its charming subject and large size (5 by 7 feet). The painting was widely reproduced in the U.S. and is one of Renouf’s most popular works.

In 1935, the heirs of recently deceased Wollaston resident Frank P. Waterhouse donated an exceptionally fine reproduction of the painting, done by A. Connolly in 1903, to the Board of Library Trustees in memory of Waterhouse. After almost 80 years hanging on the eastern wall of the Wollaston library, the painting was dulled and the beautifully ornate frame in disrepair. On the occasion of his retirement as a Library Trustee earlier this year, Crowley said that funding the restoration was “my parting gift to the library that has meant so much to me”. As a boy growing up in the neighborhood, Crowley spent countless hours at the Wollaston library, reading and exploring the world through books.

The painting was cleaned and re-varnished, and the gold leaf frame repaired and meticulously cleaned, by craftsmen at the firm of Trefler & Sons in Newton, Mass. The Wollaston Branch Library, located at 41 Beale St., is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. Residents are invited to stop by the branch to admire the painting anew and explore the library’s collection of books, movies and music for all ages.

Share Button

‘Christmas In July’ Kettle Benefits Quincy Salvation Army

The "Christmas In July" kettle fundraiser to benefit the Quincy Salvation Army got a helping hand on Thursday outside the Quincy Sun. Here Santa Claus - a very good friend of Joshua Vachon, the Salvation Army's Youth Ministries coordinator, plays the ukulele while 5-year-old Rory Kennedy and 3-year-old Savannah French ring the bell. The weather was ideal and many folks stopped by to help fill the traditional Red Kettle. The money raised will help the Quincy Salvation Army serve the needs of the less fortunate in the local community. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

The “Christmas In July” kettle fundraiser to benefit the Quincy Salvation Army got a helping hand on Thursday outside the Quincy Sun. Here Santa Claus – a very good friend of Joshua Vachon, the Salvation Army’s Youth Ministries coordinator – strums the ukulele while 5-year-old Rory Kennedy and 3-year-old Savannah French ring the bell. The weather was ideal and many folks stopped by to help fill the traditional Red Kettle. The money raised will help the Quincy Salvation Army serve the needs of the less fortunate in the local community during the summer months. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Share Button