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News from State Senator Terry Gerratana
     

December 13, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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CT’s Improving Economy, Millennials Upbeat

As we continue to strive to make our economy better for every resident in our state, it is encouraging to see reports that show we are making headway.

But just as important as the current state of our economy is how Connecticut residents view it themselves.

That’s why I was very encouraged to learn that seven in 10 Connecticut residents say overall business conditions in the state are either better or the same as six months ago, according to the quarterly Inform CT Consumer Confidence Survey. The survey also shows that 75 percent expect conditions to either remain the same or improve in the next six months.

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And Millennials—especially those between the ages of 22 and 25—are the most upbeat about our state’s economic progress.

That’s good news for the future of our state, as these young people are—and will continue to be—an important part of our workforce in the future.

Feel free to take a look at the results of the survey, and see how residents throughout the state feel about how our state has changed over the last year. You can also let me know your thoughts, by sending me an email or giving me a call. Your views are very important to me, and I’d like to know what you think!

Connecticut BBB Alerts Consumers to “Missed Delivery” Schemes

The Connecticut Better Business Bureau is letting consumers know that they can be protected from fraudulent emails, phone calls and parcel theft this season.

At this time of year, criminals go into high gear, phishing for personal information and money with fake “Missed Delivery” notices.

mouse pointerRecipients are usually told how a truck driver was unable to deliver a package, and that that the recipient must click on a link to arrange another delivery date, or open and print out an attachment to complete the delivery process.

In either case, the links and attachments will likely unleash a virus or other malware that can track your logins and passwords as you travel the internet or corrupt your computer files.

It is simple to identify fake notices. Neither delivery companies nor the US Postal Service will send a missed delivery or similar notice by email. Instead, if a driver is unable to complete the deliver, he or she will leave a tag on your door offering to schedule another delivery date or arrange a pick up at the delivery depot.

Another fertile area for criminals is package theft. Thieves travel our neighborhoods looking for packages on doorsteps or in lobbies of apartment or condo complexes.

amazon deliveryOnce they grab the parcel and disappear, if there’s something of value they will take it, but if it isn’t something valuable to them, they’ll toss it.

Criminals also follow delivery and postal trucks, so they will know where they can steal parcels. When the truck leaves, the crooks move in and grab the parcels.

The Connecticut BBB offers these tips to avoid becoming a victim of delivery fraud:

  • phoneIgnore calls to action over the phone and in email—Remember that delivery companies will never initiate contact by email or phone if you are not home to accept a parcel or envelope. Ignore emails that encourage you to click a link or open an attachment to reschedule your delivery, and look for a missed delivery tag on your door. Another sign of a fraudulent email is poor grammar and spelling.
  • Stop doorstep robbery—Whether it is at your front door or a common lobby in an apartment or condominium complex, there is a chance the merchandise may be stolen. To prevent package theft, arrange to have gifts you bought delivered to a neighbor, trusted friend or your workplace.
  • Get a tracking number—When you place an order, a tracking number will tell you when the parcel was shipped to give you an idea of where it is along the route, and when it might arrive.
  • Keep your computer safe—Antivirus and anti-malware protection is only effective if you update the software and scan your computer weekly.
     

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Senator Terry Gerratana, Legislative Office Building, Room 3000, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Capitol telephone: 860-240-0584, or Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

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