NASHVILLE- With about a month left to file income tax returns with the IRS, many Tennesseans will turn to professionals to handle their last-minute task. Remember that not everyone who claims to be a Certified Public Accountant actually is one.
NASHVILLE- Tennessee’s Next Generation 911 (NG911) network has been connected to its first 911 call center. The initial connection, in Brentwood, begins a process that will connect 911 centers across the state to one of the nation’s first statewide, Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled 911 networks.
NASHVILLE- As clocks move ahead this weekend for daylight saving time, Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak would like to remind Tennesseans to change their homes’ smoke alarm batteries, as well.
NASHVILLE- In light of the tornadoes that caused damage to parts of Tennessee last week, the Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is reminding homeowners to verify the licensure of purported home contractors by using its license database at verify.tn.gov.
NASHVILLE- Tennesseans should be cautious of scammers using the recently announced national mortgage settlement to prey on consumers to get their bank account information or charge a fee to help them qualify for relief.
NASHVILLE- As temperatures climb and we inch toward spring, storms – even tornadoes – can result, bringing damage to our homes. The Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) would like to offer consumers some tips for interacting with insurance companies and selecting contractors:
NASHVILLE- Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and some consumers are banking on online dating as a way to hatch a serious relationship. Unfortunately, some fraud artists are also banking on online dating as a way to scam people out of their money.
NASHVILLE- With the start of the new year, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Consumer Affairs division is kicking off “Don’t Get Scammed in 2012.” Through the campaign, the department hopes to prevent consumers from falling prey to schemes. The 2012 “Don’t Get Scammed” calendar (http://1.usa.gov/AhoK3P) and similarly themed brochure (http://1.usa.gov/u5UCUY) are filled with information on a variety of scams.
NASHVILLE- The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans with natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees in their homes to take care to keep them in water, because of the fire risk posed when they are allowed to dry out.
NASHVILLE- The holiday season increases the chance for mishaps, as more people travel and attend gatherings. Factor in the fatigue and distraction that can accompany changes to our routines, and the risk becomes greater. After all, no one ever plans on being injured.