Bill Brooks

Credit freeze can warm your security

December 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

Did you know you can freeze your credit for free? Credit freezes are one of the most effective ways for consumers to protect themselves against identity theft, even if you havenít been victimized.As of Sept. 21, TransUnion, Equifax and Expe...

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Consumer advice: That secret sister is no secret Santa

December 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the festive season upon us, stay away from the Yuletide Facebook secret sister scam. Facebook seems to be a favorite delivery method for this one, probably because itís easier for scammers to reach out to our large social connection ne...

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Extended warranties: Worth it, or not?

December 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

Many retailers donít like the term ďextended warranty,Ē preferring to use ďproduct protection planĒ instead. Whatever you call it, the real question is: Is it worth buying?In most cases, extended warranties offer little in terms of real pro...

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Consumer advice: Donít cash that check if it might be bogus

November 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Thereís been an uptick in consumers calling about the shopper scams that weíve been warning you not to fall victim to. Even if you sign up for these shopping deals, be wary.As part of their ploy, scammers are doing their best to make everyt...

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That supposedly amazing grant is actually a scam

November 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

Several readers have reported grant scams. Remember this: Grants are not like lotteries. You donít win them; you must apply for them.This scam was reported by one of our loyal readers who said a friend of hers ďnotifiedĒ her that she had ju...

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Consumer advice: Donít let the bird ruin Thanksgiving

November 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

We arenít just talking about the hangover from eating too much turkey. You should know there have been reports of a salmonella outbreak tied to the Jennie-O brand of turkeys. The source of the outbreak has not been determined. But there hav...

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Tab nabbing: How to avoid being a victim

November 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Tab nabbing is when hackers hijack your open browsers and redirect them to a fake site that they set up for the sole purpose of stealing your username and password. This allows the hacker to rewrite tabs and their content while the tab stay...

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Consumer advice: Mystery shopping scam ó busted!

November 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

There are a lot of reasons to be wary of mystery shopper opportunities. Letís dissect an actual example shared by a couple of our astute readers who called to see if this was just a scam and if so, to warn others. In this case itís a scam.T...

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Donít get stung by change to VA benefits

November 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Attention veterans:If you are a veteran covered under VA medical benefits, this could impact you. The Veteranís Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act (The Millennium Act) was passed in 1999, but it isnít well-known or understood by many v...

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Consumer advice: Hackers are cracking your email, people

November 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

EDITORíS NOTE: Consumer advocate Bill Brooks continues to recover from surgery after fracturing a bone in his leg. Heíd like to let his readers know that this column is in great hands with Terri Dickerson, and he expects to be up and runnin...

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