Bill Brooks

Hard questions for vigilant consumers

May 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

There seems to be recent resurgence of very aggressive, itinerant door-to-door sales people in our area. (Why don’t these people show up in the middle of a North Idaho winter?) So far this year, it seems to be limited to roving bands of 20-...

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BILL BROOKS: Hey, buddy: Don’t cash that check!

May 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

Last week a consumer called me about a high-end Trex bicycle that he had for sale on Craigslist. When it was first listed months ago, a man from Bolivar, Miss., called immediately. The man told the local consumer that it was “exactly” the b...

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Here’s how the VA binds offers of helping hands

May 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Thinking about helping a vet with a VA claim? Think again. You may be breaking the law. A little-known fact is that according to federal law, an individual must be approved and accredited by the Veterans Administration before helping a vete...

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BILL BROOKS: A rarity — this is no scam

May 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

It seems some bad actors, calling on behalf of Dish Network, the pay TV service, have been found guilty of violating federal law. According to the terms of the ruling in a class-action lawsuit, anyone with one of the 18,066 phone numbers th...

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BROOKS: Be wary of worms on Instant Messenger

May 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

THE WORMS ON FACEBOOK: No, not the individuals who trade in gossip and telling stories, I’m talking about a serious threat to anyone who uses Facebook or the Instant Messenger app, usually called IM. In addition to having your FB identity s...

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BILL BROOKS: Flying pets, CBD oil and mysterious callers

May 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

FLYING PETS: There has been much about the deaths of pets on board commercial airline flights. United Airlines has been involved in a number of these unfortunate incidents. United has just come out with a total ban on transporting certain t...

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Bill Brooks: Don’t redial, lettuce worries and kudos

April 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

NO REDIAL: When you get a call to your landline and the caller does not leave a message and you don’t recognize the Caller ID of the caller — DON’T push the “auto redial” number. When you do this, you make yourself a “gift” to spam callers ...

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Let us look at lettuce

April 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Cd’A Press as well as other print and electronic media outlets have done a good job alerting us to the E. coli hazard connected with eating romaine lettuce. Unfortunately, not everyone always listens carefully to the news or reads all t...

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BILL BROOKS: Spring brings out ants, wasps and door-knockers

April 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Not all door-to-door sales people are scammers. As the weather improves, so do the conditions under which door-to-door salespeople work. Many offer services and products which are both a convenience and benefit to consumers. Here are a coup...

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Smile! That teeth-whitening offer might be a scam

April 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

An employee of a local grocery store called me with a story I found hard to believe. It seems that a woman wearing scrubs, the clothing that staffs of doctors and dentists sometimes wear, was wandering around the food store, selling teeth w...

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