Bill Brooks

A good answering machine can prevent big headaches

April 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Consumers are always calling me with scams. Many start out like this: “I got a new one for you Bill …”Honestly, it’s rare that a consumer calls with a new one. However, on Wednesday someone actually called me with something I’ve never heard...

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Who to call when Cash Call calls you

April 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

If you get a call from a company called Cash Call, please call me immediately. Cash Call is in the business of making short-term, high-interest loans to borrowers over the internet, or over the phone. While I have no evidence to support tha...

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That ‘Census Bureau’ letter does smell kind of fishy

April 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

Many consumers in our area have been receiving letters purporting to be from the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately, the letters request that you provide personal information, including your name, full address AND Social Security number. I h...

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Sky’s the limit on credit card interest

March 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Credit card debt is one of the worst kinds of debt to have. Interest rates can be astronomical. It used to be that the “thumb breakers” on the street corner were the only ones loaning money and charging outrageous interest rates. The U.S. h...

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What you need to know about Medicare cards

March 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 requires that all Medicare recipients get a replacement Medicare card in 2018. One of the main reasons for this is your security. The card will no longer openly reference your Social ...

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Spring ushers in birds, bees and scammers

March 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

With warm weather come tourists, and with them come the scammers and crooks masquerading as tourists. Recently a very sharp local owner of a well-known hotel/motel called me with a concern. It seems a scammer called his establishment from s...

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Bill Brooks: DNA testing is trendy, but be wary as well

March 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

There is news today about various tests and companies that offer DNA testing. 23andMe was one of the first companies to offer DNA testing for individuals through the mail. Originally, in addition to providing users of the DNA test a peek in...

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If you feel a ‘draft,’ time to take shelter

March 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

There’s a new scam on a big upsurge in our area. It’s called the “bank draft” scam. In many circles, especially overseas, bank drafts have replaced cashier’s checks. The reason is because cashier’s checks, for the past few years, have becom...

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Repository opens many otherwise secret doors

March 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

There’s a state of Idaho website called the Idaho Supreme Court Data Repository. It’s a handy little website. Have you ever heard somebody say “TMI” (too much information)? Well here it is — on the web for us all to peruse. Is your roommate...

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Stubborn is a good ass-et for this mule

March 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

A concerned grandmother called me this week asking if I’d heard of a company called Air Mule. Her adult grandchildren are about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime backpacking trip to Europe and beyond. It seems the travelers found a service ...

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