Smart About Money: “If only she’d looked at her bank statements sooner …”

A local news network’s web site recently recounted an unfortunate story about something that absolutely did not have to end up the way it did.

Recently a woman in Metro Boston discovered that her long-time housekeeper was embezzling. Specifically, her housekeeper had been forging checks against a checking account that this woman and her husband had for their kids’ college tuition savings at a large national bank.

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Free! HomeBuyer Info Session on Saturday, September 21st at Canton Co-operative … all homebuyers welcome!

Canton, Mass. – Canton Co-operative Bank will once again be sponsoring its free community HomeBuyer Info Session on Saturday, September 21st from 9:45AM to 11:30AM at the Bank’s offices at 671 Washington Street in Canton Center. And all homebuyers are invited!

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Smart About Money: “Only send money to people you know …”

The other day, a colleague told me about what seemed to be a public service announcement (PSA) on the radio. It was addressed to young people.

Apparently, a young man had received a request for a Venmo payment from someone he knew. Venmo – a mobile payment service owned by PayPal – describes itself as “the simple, fun money app for sending cash quickly between friends.”

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Mortgages, home equity lines and refinances available for properties in Canton and throughout Eastern Mass.

Recently, a customer who had a mortgage and an equity line on their home here in Canton said their son was planning to buy a house in a nearby town and they really wished he could work with us to get his mortgage. (We told them, “He can!”)

Around the same time, another customer asked if they could get a mortgage with us for a vacation/beach house they were hoping to find soon. (The answer was, “Yes!”)

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Smart About Money: Should people be required to have cash reserves?

Personal finance expert Suze Orman often speaks about the importance of “expecting the unexpected,” and she’s right.

Of course, sometimes people face disasters no one could have seen coming or planned for. But things such as higher property tax bills, “emergency” dental surgery, significant veterinarian bills for pet operations and car repairs are among the common “unexpected” expenses everyone runs into sooner or later.

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