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Consumer Alert: Don’t Abbreviation 2020 When Signing Documents

Be cautious when dating legal documents in the New Year. The East Millinocket Police Department in Maine posted on their Facebook page about concerns when it comes to abbreviating 2020. If you sign a document and only put 20 as the year, someone could modify it to include a different year. https://fox8.com/2020/01/02/consumer-alert-dont-abbreviate-2020-when-signing-documents/

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Consumer Tip: Is there such a thing as too much Eggnog

According to the US Department of Agriculture, Americans will consume 60 million quarters of eggnog this holiday season. Amy Keatings, R.D., a CR nutritionist says that this indulgence should be had in moderation. The recommendation is to be aware of serving size and ingredients especially the raw eggs. James E. Rodgers, Ph.D, director of food […]

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Consumer Alert: Pet Scams

According to AARP, “several thousand Americans a year are victimized by scams that promise a new dog, cat or other pet… these scams peak at Christmas and Valentine’s Day.” The scammers produce websites that highlight cute pets but these animals do not exist and are just a way for scammers to steal money from you. […]

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Consumer Alert: Charity Scams – Holidays 2019

Be on the look out this holiday season for charity scammers. According to “Network for Good,” 30% of giving to nonprofits is done from Giving Tuesday (Tuesday following Thanksgiving) through New Year’s Eve. Scammers are looking to exploit your charitable giving this time of year with fake charities, websites or aggressive telemarketers. https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/holiday.html?intcmp=AE-FRDSC-MOR-R2-POS3

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Consumer Tip: Medicare does not give out DNA kits

Here’s one that goes to show just how creative scammers can be. The FTC is getting reports that callers claiming to be from Medicare are asking people for their Medicare numbers, Social Security numbers, and other personal information…in exchange for DNA testing kits. The callers might say the test is a free way to get […]

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Consumer Alert: Fake Online Car Sales

You can buy practically anything online, including used cars. But before you shell out any hard-earned cash, here’s a warning about scammers trying to sell cars they don’t have or own. Here’s how the scam works: Criminals post ads on online auction and sales websites, like eBay Motors, for inexpensive used cars (that they don’t […]

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Consumer Tip: Social Security Benefits

We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently. Check out this SSA imposter robocall, which says your benefits will end. (That’s not true, by the way.) If you get a call like this, do not press 1. Instead, just hang up and remember: Your Social Security number is not about […]

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