Nobody knows how long it’ll take to recover from the destruction Hurricane Ian left behind. But we do know it won’t be long before scammers start trying to cash in on the deadly storm. Whether you’re getting back on your feet or looking for ways to help people in areas hit hardest, learn how scammers operate — and how to avoid them. For more details, click here.
Author: Sean Frett
Bike Smart: The Official Guide to Cycling in New York City is a helpful handbook with information on making your cycling trip safer and easier, including tips on using newer bike facilities such as protected lanes and bike boxes, and basic tips for locking your bicycle. NYC DOT distributes up to 325,000 copies per year of the New York City Bike Map, which contains the most important rules of the road highlighted in the Bike Smart Guide. For more information, please click here.
September is National Preparedness Month. Are you ready?
National Preparedness Month is a great time to get ready for whatever may come your way. Making a plan is the best way to protect you and your family. For more details, please click here.
Avoid a scammer’s money grab during Older Americans Month
Scammers may demand payment by wire transfers, gift cards, and cryptocurrency — methods that transfer funds quickly and anonymously. During Older Americans Month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission are partnering together to help older adults and their families and friends know what to do if someone demands payment by these methods, and where to report fraud.
Give yourself some credit (reports)
During Financial Literacy Month, we’ve focused on steps to protect your money by spotting and avoiding scams. But here’s another important way to help protect your wallet: regularly check your credit reports. For more information, click here.
April is National Cannabis Awareness Month, an opportunity to shed light and educate on this growing topic. Marijuana– which can also be called cannabis, weed, pot, or dope— is the most commonly used federally illegal drug in the United States, with an estimated 48.2 million people using it in 2019.
Although marijuana is used for medical and non-medical adult use, this does not mean it is safe. Scientists are still learning about the health effects and the potential health benefits of using marijuana. Even though more research is needed to fully understand some of the health effects of marijuana. The following resources have been added or updated: Learn more on CDC’s Marijuana and Public Health | Español (Spanish)
Want to know who stole your identity? Getting your records can help
Let’s say you learn that an identity thief took out credit in your name, pretending to be you. To straighten it out, you might want to get records about the identity theft from the company where it happened. The law gives you that right — in fact, it’s Section 609(e) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Read more here.
Get fresh air NOT Stress air.
“As the weather is becoming much nicer, we tend to get a breath of fresh air. However, vaping will only give you a breath of stress air”. From The Office of Security And Life Safety. For more information. Visit the truth.com here.
Weekend Bridge and Street Closures March 25-27
Donating with crypto? Watch out for scams.
You may have heard that the government of Ukraine is receiving donations by cryptocurrency. Unfortunately, scammers have heard this too and they’ve been posting on social media, as well as sending direct messages, to trick people into sending them money. For more information click here.