CDA Press Consumer Guy

Uber and out? Scary reminder

November 27, 2017 at 10:28 am

It turns out that some time ago, someone hacked the ride service Uber and stole approximately 57 million credit card numbers, along with authenticating information for those cards. In my opinion, most people in this area don’t have much to ...

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Smile: You’re on kinky camera!

November 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

Turns out some new android apps are actually scanning your android phone for suggestive or outright lewd photographs, without the owner’s knowledge. (Not the kind of photos for your family Christmas or holiday card.) The purveyors of the ap...

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Two words to live by (and save your $$$)

November 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

First, thanks and apologies to my regular readers for bearing with the repetition of the subject contained in today’s column. The information bears repeating. And repeating. And maybe repeating.Last week, I talked with too many consumers wh...

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You know about scammers, but also beware of skimmers

November 06, 2017 at 8:48 am

Two incidents of credit card skimming were recently reported in North Idaho. The skimming machines were placed on gas pumps at local food stores. Luckily, a couple of sharp consumers caught the scam. They just happened to check their balanc...

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Latest in a long line of scams

October 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

I tell people where to go. Not in the traditional, negative sense, but rather, where they can find information to answer their consumer questions. Together, we’ve been working on rooting out the crooks and scammers for over 10 months. Along...

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Anatomy of a scam: Readers, be warned

October 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

Editor’s note: The pain and humiliation that goes with being the target of a scam or fraud goes beyond what most people would think possible. Here is an unedited narrative submitted this week to CDA Press Consumer Guy Bill Brooks from a loc...

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Hey, kids! Seniors aren’t the only targets

October 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

During the past few months it seems that many — if not most — of the scams and cons we’ve covered, specifically target those of us who are over the age of 50. It seems that the elderly are being disproportionately targeted. This is not nece...

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That police benefit fund only benefits bad guys

October 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

You might get a call asking for donations to the CDA Police Coalition Benefit Fund.First hint, they’re calling from Boise. Second clue, the call-back number doesn’t accept incoming calls. Third piece of evidence, they won’t send you any inf...

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‘I’ll sue!’ But irked consumers rarely do

October 09, 2017 at 5:00 am

While most of us have never actually gone to court over a consumer issue, we’ve all felt like throwing down the legal gauntlet at least a few times in our lives. The problem is that often, the amount of money in question isn’t large, or the...

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Warning: ‘Official’ mail scam won’t stop until you ignore it

October 02, 2017 at 5:00 am

“OFFICIAL” MAIL: Lately, many consumers in our area have been receiving very “official” looking mail. The crooks come at us from many directions; one is the “official” call — from the IRS, the Social Security, Publishers Clearing House, etc...

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