Archive | Consumer Tips

TIP: Travel Plans

As the school’s spring break quickly approach, and as you want to get out of the winter quickly it is important to keep somethings in mind when you are thinking about planning a vacation. No matter where you travel it is important to be a smart consumer during your selection process. Planning a vacation can […]

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TIP: Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

This week, January 28 through February 2, is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. This is a campaign organized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to spread awareness on IRS imposter scams and identity theft, with relation to taxes. This remains one of the top scams listed on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” list. What exactly is Tax […]

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TIP: Caller ID Spoofing Scams

Caller ID lets consumers avoid unwanted phone calls by displaying caller names and phone numbers, but this feature isn’t always reliable. Scammers are now using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local, someone you trust (like a government agency or police department), or a company you do business with (like […]

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TIP: Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. When a house’s water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling […]

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TIP: Gift Cards for Bail Scam

Recently scammers have been disguising themselves as a family member in trouble, and asking for giftcards to bail themselves out of jail. They use the excuse that they are sick, or have a cough so that the voice may sound different than what is familiar. They then attempt to explain that they had been in […]

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TIP: Protecting Your Pet’s Paws From Ice Salt

During the winter, it is common for residents and municipalities to use salt to melt ice in their driveways and roadways. However, for those of you that are pet owners, you must use caution when doing so. The salt that is used to melt ice usually contains dangerous chemicals, such as sodium chloride or calcium chloride. Both chemicals are harmful to pets, specifically […]

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TIP: Driving During Winter Storm

Winter storms bring freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds – all making roadways very dangerous. Each year, hundreds of Americans are injured or killed by vehicle accidents on wintry roads. Drivers that become stranded risk suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, and unfortunately can even die from exposure. Planning and preparing can help you manage the impact […]

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TIP: Space Heater Safety

In order to save money in the colder months, many people opt to use a space heater to heat one room rather than heat the entire structure. Regardless of your plan, it is important to be cautious. Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home in cold weather. Unfortunately, […]

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TIP: Gift Card Scams

With the holiday’s coming up, it’s the season to protect yourself from the various scams you could become victim to. Recently, scam artists have discovered a way to steal money from these gift cards without even having them in hand. They usually walk into stores with unmonitored gift card sections, then either write or photograph […]

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TIP: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping

An estimated 164 million people planned to shop during Thanksgiving weekend, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. That includes Cyber Monday, when online shoppers are estimated at 48 percent of all shoppers, or 78.4 million. Here are some tips on popular scams to be aware of this […]

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