Bill Brooks

Consumer advice: Vote for your favorite scam

October 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

Scam artists are using the phone to prey on prospective Idaho voters. The following information comes directly from the Idaho Secretary of Stateís office and an article appearing in the Idaho Statesman by Christina Lords.ďNeither election o...

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This simple step is a credit saver

October 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

We are a mobile society. Many of us have had a number of locations to which weíve been sent mail. Unfortunately, when we move and get a new U.S. mail delivery location, we donít always inform those corresponding with us, or those merchants ...

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Consumer advice: Medicare problems? Just call Joe

September 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

Joe Lykins called and told me about the Senior Medicare Patrol. Joe is this areaís volunteer coordinator. The service is available right here in our area to Medicare beneficiaries, designed to prevent, detect and report Medicare-based healt...

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Consumer advice: Medicare problems? Just call Joe

September 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

Joe Lykins called and told me about the Senior Medicare Patrol. Joe is this areaís volunteer coordinator. The service is available right here in our area to Medicare beneficiaries, designed to prevent, detect and report Medicare-based healt...

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Know your computer threats

September 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

Consumers should understand the difference between ransomware, a virus, and a popup. As a computer user at home or in a small business, you are highly unlikely to encounter true ransomware. Ransomware actually takes over your computer and e...

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Consumer advice: Come on now, folks: Stay off Suckers List

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

Whatís a ďcome-onĒ? At best itís something that is done to get customers for a business. At worst, itís a dishonest way to entice consumers to click here, enter your email there, or provide identifying, confidential information to an entity...

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Youíre a winner! (No, you arenít)

September 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Every year, just like the swallows returning to the old mission at San Juan Capistrano, in the late summer and early fall Publishers Clearing House deluges consumers with TV ads and email spam attempting to lure them into entering their swe...

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When financial pressure squeezes your brain

September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Debts and liens are not the same! This week I had a consumer call me with a real problem. The consumer had gone through filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, then tried selling their home to cash out the equity and start over. Not so fast: There w...

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Consumer advice: Beware of hinky credit card settings and check scams

September 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

ABU & COF COULD COST YOU: A consumer called me recently with a new wrinkle that every credit or debit card user needs to be aware of. The story is this: The consumer spotted a couple of charges on his credit card that were fraudulent. H...

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Consumer advice: Small businesses make big targets

September 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

A local business got a decent-sized order for its product from a company in a Middle Eastern country. The name of the country is not important. What IS important is that orders from any foreign country, particularly if your firm hasnít done...

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