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Consumer Alert!

August 9, 2007 Amy 0

People in the Tri-State area have been getting phone calls from unnamed individuals who address them by name and claim they are from the bank. The caller then informs them that their bank account number is being changed and tells […]

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Summer Scams

August 7, 2007 Amy 1

Summer may bring children a break from school, but it surely brings no respite for consumers from the crafty, sneaky scammers of the world! One very prolific scam that warrants repeated warnings is the counterfeit check/lottery scam. This is how […]

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Travel Smart

July 23, 2007 Amy 1

It’s a fact”people travel.  They travel for business, they travel for pleasure.  Many travelers, especially those conducting business afar, need to stay connected and that need is being met via Wi-Fi.  Wi-Fi enables laptop users to connect to the internet […]

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A Basic How-to on Avoiding Scams

July 19, 2007 Amy 2

It’s National Consumer Protection week and therefore it’s time to make sure you’re up to date about what you can do to prevent being a scam victim.  Herb Weisbaum from MSNBC.com has written The Ten Consumer Commandments, which is summarized below: […]

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Travel Scam #3

July 5, 2007 Alanna 2

Fake Airport Limo Service There are a number of variations on this scam, which starts when you’re approached by a “limo driver” who claims he just dropped off passengers and would be willing to make a good deal to drive […]

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Don’t Be Fooled By IRS Emails

June 26, 2007 Sara 1

Over the last year or so, people have been receiving phony emails from the IRS saying they have unclaimed tax refunds waiting for them. For most people, filing taxes is a confusing and tedious process so the idea that you […]

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Exposing the Secrets of Mystery Shopper Scams

June 15, 2007 Sara 0

Most mystery shopping or secret shopping is a type of employment fraud that preys on the gullible or desperate whose burning desire is to secure lucrative work that blinds them from seeing the scam. Those attracted to this unknown scam […]

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Travel scam #2: The Coin Scam

June 12, 2007 Alanna 0

A “derelict” approaches you while you’re on your cell phone and shows you a mounted collection of “rare coins.” The mounted display also includes a name and phone number and the offer of an award if the coins are returned […]

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Scam Alert

June 6, 2007 Alanna 0

Scam artists are using the Red Cross’ name to take advantage of military families. According to the press release on the Red Cross website: The caller (young-sounding, American accent) calls a military spouse and identifies herself as a representative from […]

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Beware Puppy Buyers!

May 31, 2007 Alanna 2

Both the AKC and the BBB have recently received a number of reports from consumers throughout the nation who have lost money after responding to online or newspaper classified advertising. Commonly, the scammer ”posing as a breeder”will place an ad […]