Bill Brooks

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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Alarming security system stories

April 16, 2018 at 5:27 am

One of the doorknockers that plague subdivisions in our area are the sellers of security systems. The doorknockers are employees of third-party companies that sell services AND collect the money on behalf of the large companies that sell ho...

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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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