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Fake News Stories

The internet offers ready access to seemingly infinite information, which is good and bad. With so many sources and too few fact checkers, we become the gatekeepers of information. As a result, we see and sometimes transfer phony news, naively accepted satire and outright lies daily on social media. How can we filter out the […]

Avoiding Lottery Scams

Con artists follow the news and pursue whatever is “hot” in order to take your money. The recent $1.6 billion Powerball lottery (which I didn’t win, by the way), is a good example. In view of the mania surrounding the recent Powerball lottery, experts issued warnings such as the one in this YouTube video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v8SlpEQw9k In […]

Facebook Hoax

Dear Facebook Friends: please stop cutting and pasting that ridiculous “privacy notice”! It’s legally ineffective. It’s meaningless. It’s a hoax. It’s phony, fake, false and bogus! Throughout 2015, many of us have seen multiple “status updates” that look a little something like this: “Better safe than sorry is right. Channel 13 News was just talking […]

Beck’s Beer Settlement

Here’s a news flash: Beck’s Beer is not really brewed in Germany, though it claimed to be brewed in Germany and charged premium prices based on that assertion. Pursuant to a settlement in late 2015, consumers can obtain cash refunds from the brewer, Anheuser-Busch, even without proof of purchase. In late 2013, a man named […]

Car Rental

Airlines may mesmerize with their charges for this, that and the other…and the other…and the other. However, car rental companies could still teach the airlines a thing or two about weirdly accumulating charges. Car rental companies can pile on fees in ways I cannot anticipate but there are a few common sense steps that can […]

Avoiding Scam Charities

On May 19, 2015 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), all 50 states and the District of Columbia filed suit against 4 bogus cancer charities: the Breast Cancer Society; Cancer Fund of America; Cancer Support Services; and Children’s Cancer Fund of America. The suit was also brought against some people behind these false charities, including: James […]

October 2014 Vehicle Recall By NHTSA

Defective Takata airbags in some Toyotas, Hondas, Mazdas, BMWs, Nissans and GM vehicles have compelled the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a recall notice for 4.7+ million vehicles in the U. S. Approximately 12 million cars have been recalled globally due to the defective airbag. According to the NHTSA, a defective inflation […]

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