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Win a Family 5 Pack of Tickets to the Only New England Stop on the Frozen on Ice Tour!

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Are you here because you want to win some tickets to the 11am performance of Disney’s Frozen on Ice on February 14th at the TD Garden in Boston? Great, then you’re in the right place!

As part of our commitment to our community we would really like to encourage young kids, especially young girls to become confident and feel capable while building, fixing and working with tools. Because if they can swing a hammer, change a tire, and hang a picture, who knows what they can do! It’s also a great excuse to get the whole family involved in doing some small repairs, help fix that elderly neighbors’ wobbly step, or build Fido a doghouse before winter sets in!


Here’s how the contest works- as a household you can earn up to 100 entries (that’s right one hundred!)  And on December 19th we are going to do a random drawing from all eligible entries* and the winner will get the tickets!

Collecting entries is easy and you can do it 3 ways:

1) Compile your own basic toolbox (and take a picture and email it to contest@pennyhanley.necoxmail.com)

2) Pass our Tool ID Quiz online (this will become available on October 24th)

3) Complete a tool related job (change a tire), build or repair something and send us a photo or video to contest@pennyhanley.necoxmail.com

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This wouldn’t be a Frozen contest without a Frozen-Related BONUS- If you wear a Frozen Costume in the pictures and videos, or make a Frozen Themed toolbox we will double your entries on that submission, For example, a Frozen themed toolbox will net you 2 entries instead of just one!

We will be accepting entries from 12:01am October 24th 2014 until 11:59pm December 5th. We will then spend some time sifting through entries until our drawing date of December 19th, and post the name of the winner on December 20th. We will also attempt to contact the winner by email and phone. If they do not reply within 5 days we reserve the right to hold another drawing to have an alternate winner.

Didn’t win the drawing? Don’t feel bad! If any of your submissions were Frozen themed, you can get your friends and family to vote for the Fan Favorite Competition! We will take our 5 favorite Frozen themed submissions and put them up for a vote on our FB page and the winner will get a Frozen Prize Pack!

Stay Tuned!
We will be posting regular updates to our blog with lots of tips and suggestions and one surprise day in November with be double entries day where we will double ALL submissions that day!

Safety First
Our motto at Penny-Hanley & Howley Insurance is “We Protect You” and the last thing we want is for you to hurt yourself participating in this contest. Please use caution, adult supervision, and appropriate safety gear at all times. Thanks!

*Please see complete rules for directions on entry and guidelines for what determines an eligible entry*

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Official Rules for Frozen on Ice Tickets Contest

PHH Family 5 Pack to Frozen on Ice in Boston Complete Rules 

  1. ENTRY:  No purchase necessary to enter or win. Participants can obtain an entry three ways
    a) compile a tool box as specified on our blog and send photo tocontest@pennyhanley.necoxmail.com
  2. b) Pass with a grade of 70% or higher the Tools Knowledge Quiz on our blog   com
    c) send us a photo or video at contest@pennyhanley.necoxmail.com showing the completion of a repair skill from the official list on our blog. Entries are limited to 100 entries per household. Each household may only receive entries for the compilation of toolboxes for children living in the house. Tool ID quiz may be submitted for an entry only once per person.
  3. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to legal CT. residents, over the age of 2. Employees of Penny-Hanley and Howley (along with its contractors, affiliates and subsidiaries) and their families are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law.  Contestants residing in those areas where the contest is void may participate in the contest but may not win any prizes. All participants MUST complete and Submit an Email for the Household Naming Contestants with a valid CT address and working phone number. When you submit photos and videos, be sure to put this same information in the email so your household is credited!
    *Eligible entries are those completed by a participant who has registered via email with valid CT address and working phone number from 12:01amEST October 24th-11:59pm EST December 5, 2014
  1. WINNER SELECTION:  A winner will be randomly drawn from eligible entries on December 14 and announced via our blog December 15th. Top 5 Fan Favorite Frozen Themed submissions will be voted on from December 15 until December 20th at 11:59 p.m. Results will be posted on our blog Sunday December 21st.
  2. PRIZES: Grand Prize (1) Family 5 Pack of Tickets to the February 14th ,11am performance of Disney Presents Frozen on Ice at the TD Garden in Boston
    Fan Favorite Prize pack (1) Containing a variety of Frozen Merch not to exceed $40.00 in value

    5. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified within 5 days after the determination date.  Inability to contact a winner may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. If we can not get ahold of you within 7 days of notification, we will choose another winner.

  3. GENERAL CONDITIONS:
  4. Participants hereby grant PHH Insurance a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to broadcast, publish, store, reproduce, distribute, syndicate, and otherwise use and exhibit the Submission (along with their names, voices, performance and/or likenesses) in all media now known and later come into being for purposes of trade or advertising without further compensation. Participants represent and warrant that they have full legal right, power and authority to grant PHH the foregoing license and if applicable, have secured all necessary rights from any participants in, and contributors to, their Submission in order to grant such a license.
  1. Penny-Hanley and Howley is under no obligation to use any Submission or return the Submissions to participants.
  1. Winners will be required to execute and return a Certificate of Eligibility, Consent and General Release form within 14 days of notification. Non-compliance within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.  Any income tax liability is the sole responsibility of the winner.
  1. USE OF CONTEST INFORMATION: All entries become the property of Penny-Hanley and Howley Insurance. Penny-Hanley and Howley Insurance reserves the right to use any and all information related to the contest, including submissions provided by the contestants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.
  1. NOT ENDORSED BY FACEBOOK: By participating in this contest, you acknowledge that this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and release Facebook from any and all liability arising from or related to this contest. The information you are providing for this contest is being provided to Penny-Hanley and Howley Insurance and not to Facebook, and will be used to notify you if you have won, and to inform you about special offers from Penny-Hanley and Howley Insurance and our trusted partners.
  1. CONDUCT: All contest participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules.  Penny-Hanley and Howley Insurance in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person it finds to be tampering with the entry process, the operation of its web site or is otherwise in violation of these rules.
  2. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Penny-Hanley and Howley Insurance is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected email or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur.  If for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort, Penny-Hanley and Howley Insurance may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.  Entrants further agree to release Penny-Hanley and Howley Insurance from any liability resulting from, or related to participation in the contest.

Protect Yourself from Identity Fraud Through Your Homeowners Policy

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We are all familiar with the term “Identity Theft”, which is when someone gains access to your personal information or data, but we may not be as familiar with the serious crime of “Identity Fraud” where someone uses that information to open accounts, rack up debt, commit fraud, or otherwise act as you without your permission.

According to Travelers insurance (1), Identity Fraud is “the fastest growing white-collar crime in America, with no end in sight. Falling victim to identity fraud not only tarnishes your good name, it can potentially ruin your credit, compromise your financial and medical history, and drain your assets.”

As you can imagine, once this kind of damage is done, repairing it is time consuming, expensive, and confusing.
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Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance is proud to announce that for as low as $25.00 a month you can add Identity Fraud Reimbursement Coverage to your homeowners, renters, or condo insurance. This coverage will help you make sense of the situation with guidance from a Consumer Fraud Specialist, as well as reimburse costs sustained during the process of returning your name and credit to what it was.

What is covered?

  • Expense reimbursements up to $25,000 with no deductible for named expenses incurred to restore your identity including:
    • Reimbursement for Medical ID Fraud Expenses
    • Travel Expenses
    • New Government IDs
    • Tax ID Fraud-Related Costs
    • Lost wages
    • Attorneys’ fees
  • Resolution services to help reclaim your identity and restore credit
  • Guidance from consumer fraud specialists

What is my risk level?
In addition to the personal information breaches we often hear about online and at major retailers, another 50% of compromised personal information is stolen through more “traditional” means like:

  • a lost or stolen wallet, check or credit card,
  • “dumpster-diving,” or digging through your trash for statements and other financial information,
  • theft of mail from your mailbox

Even a vigilant, thoughtful consumer can fall prey to these criminals, through no fault of your own. Protect what matters. 

For more information on where your personal risks areas may be and tips on eliminating those risks, take the quiz below.

https://www.privacyrights.org/itrc-quiz1.htm

Click on the link below for a comprehensive list of ways to reduce your risk and information on obtaining a free credit report.
Ways to Avoid Identity Fraud

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How can we help you protect your home AND your identity?
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IDFRAUD to 860-508-0015 and someone will contact you for a free quote or insurance review.
Or Call
1-860-684-2721
Or Stop By 

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Stafford Springs, CT 06076
You Can Even Download Our App

Click here to Get the App

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Resources
(1) https://www.travelers.com/personal-insurance/identity-theft-protection/coverage-basics.aspx

Small Business Tips: Back to school lessons to help your business

back to school lessons for your businessAs children go back to school, what they do is a reminder for us and our business. Consider all of the things that we remind our children to do, that you might overlook in your business.

Reconnect
The start of the school year is a time to reconnect with friends. You may have lost touch with them over the summer. The same holds true for your customers. Reconnect and reach out to your customers.  Start by asking how their summer was.  Ask them if there is anything you can help them with.  You can do this through a simple email or phone call.

Learning and Discovery

You can always learn something new, provided you keep an open mind.  As our children head back to school, they too will learn new things.  This is our chance as a business to take the step to learn something new, whether it is from our customers or from our network of business relationships. Learning and discovering new things can only help you and your business.

Be available to help

As our children will struggle with certain aspects of their learning in school, we are there to coach and help them when needed.  Do the same with your customers and business networks.  Do you have a skill you can share and help someone else with?  Be open to sharing your skills with others.  You will build better relationships.

Next Steps

Always embrace the opportunity to learn and grow.  When you encounter challenges, recognize where you need help and ask.  And as we do for our children, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast, can always make for a good start to your day.

 And Now You?

What ideas from back to school can help you in your business?

How Can we Help You with your Small Business needs? 

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

Protecting YOU is our Job

 

 

 

How do we Protect Our Children from Online Scams

Are your children using Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media website?   How do we keep our children safe from scams and protect our families?   As a parent who did not grow up with social media and who is learning right along with my children, it is very difficult to monitor or even understand what our children our doing.

 

Beware of a scam on Instagram that we should all be discussing with our children.  Scammers are having our children load money on a Vanilla Reload card and telling our children that they will double their money.  All they have to do is go put money on the card and give them the pin number on the back.   Within minutes the money did not double but instead completely disappeared from the acccount.   For more information from NBC CT on this scam click on the link :

 

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For more information on how to protect our children and ourselves, please visit

Smart Consumer.ct.gov

 

There is  information for parents and children, teens, young adults, adults and older adults.

 

In regards to the Pre-Paid Card Scams, the smartconsumer.ct.gov  Wants you to Know

 

A prepaid card is a plastic card that you can use to pay for things. You buy a card with money “loaded” on it. Then you can use the card to spend up to that amount. Once you spend the money on the card, you do not owe a bill, since you are using money you already have.

A prepaid card is also called a prepaid debit card, or a stored-value card. You can buy prepaid cards at many local stores and online. Shop carefully for your prepaid card. Many come with fees and charges that will be deducted from the amount of money you can spend.

Scammers are using prepaid cards as a new way to steal your money. They may call or email you and tell you that to win a prize or pay an overdue bill, you have to go buy a prepaid card. The scammer will tell you how much money to put on the card. Then the scammer will ask you for the serial number on the back of the card. This number allows the scammer to transfer the money from your card onto one of his cards.

Why scammers use prepaid cards

  • Prepaid cards are hard to trace
  • No photo identification is needed to collect or spend money loaded on a prepaid card
  • One card can be loaded with thousands of dollars
  • Transactions are quick

 

And What to Do.

Prepaid cards can be a useful way to pay for things. But treat them carefully so a scammer doesn’t get access to your money.

How to protect your prepaid cards

  • Never give anyone the serial number
  • Do not send prepaid cards in the mail

  • Never give another person the receipt from something you bought with your prepaid card

  • If an online seller tells you to pay with a certain prepaid card, make sure that the seller is approved by the card company. For example, green dot MoneyPak is one prepaid card that seems to be popular with scammers. If you are told by an online seller that you must pay with a “green dot” card, you can check online to see if that seller is approved by the green dot company. The stores that accept the green dot card are listed on the company’s website at https://www.moneypak.com/WhoAccepts.aspx. Other prepaid cards also list their approved partners on their websites.

  • If a caller tells you that you have an unpaid bill that you must pay with a prepaid card, it is a scam. Hang up and call the company directly. You can confirm that your account is okay. You can also let the company know about the scam.

If you receive phone calls or emails from scammers asking you to buy a prepaid card, tell the Department of Consumer Protection. Give us as much information as you can. You can email us at dcp.frauds@ct.gov.

Always remember Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance is here to keep you protected  .

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

Protecting YOU is our Job

 

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to go check out our APP.  This APP keeps your insurance needs right at your fingertips.

  • Pay your bill online
  • File a claim
  • Get a quote
  • Accident check list
  • Voice record incidents
  • After loss services
  • Weather Updates
  • Town Happenings
  • Social networking integration and so much more

 

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Sales Tax Free Week

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Sales Tax Week

Sales Tax Week is back in Connecticut August 17th through August 23th.    With three children, I will definitely be shopping this week. The school supply list alone will be a great savings not even mentioning the new school clothes  that need to be bought.  Kids grow way too fast.

 

The Tax Free Week includes all clothing and footwear costing less than $300 per item.  Goods that are not covered under the Tax Free Week include items that solely intended for use in sporting activities and accessories such as jewelry, watches, handbags etc.  To see the full list you can visit  CT.Gov

 

The National Retail Federation said parents will spend an average of $101 on school supplies, $231 on clothing and $124 on shoes. They are numbers that have increased since last year.

 

School will be back in full swing in the next few weeks. This is a great time to head out for school shopping and save on the sales tax this week.  With cost of everything rising, gas, utility cost and just the cost of living why not save some money when school shopping.

 

So why not take advantage of the Tax Free Week and get all your back to school shopping done and the money you save on taxes this week could get used for gas or other back to school needs your children might need.

And for more cost saving tips for back to school check out our blog Saving money on back-to-school shopping.

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

Protecting YOU is our Job