Category Archives: Too Good To Be True

‘Gray market’ purchase might not be the bargain you thought

Beware: the good deal you found online could be a “gray market” item. That’s right, I said gray market. Not black market. Gray market goods refer to legal goods which are sold outside normal distribution channels by companies which may … Continue reading

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FTC cracks down on Florida-based payday loan scheme

Of the scams that make my blood boil, payday loan scams are near the top of the list. People who are desperate for cash end up losing what little they already had. Meanwhile the scammers get to live it up on … Continue reading

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Want to save gas? Don’t fall for additives that promise big savings

After commuting to work, visiting friends and family and driving around on the weekend, the gasoline bill can get pretty expensive, especially with the price of gas these days. If only there were a magic substance you that would make your … Continue reading

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Be a smart shopper–don’t get misled by Fourth of July sale ads

The Fourth of July means different things to different people. It’s a celebration of our nation’s birth, for one. It’s also a time for fireworks and fun with friends. And last, but not least, it’s a good time to take advantage … Continue reading

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Don’t get burned: BBB gives tips to avoid the top five scams of summer

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Fishing for romance this summer? Don’t catch a catfish!

When I was younger I was happy to catch a catfish. Happy to eat it too if it was big enough. These days, “catfish” has another meaning: someone who assumes another person’s identity and creates a fake online profile to … Continue reading

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Did you just win the lottery or are you about to get ripped off?

The thought of winning a lottery or sweepstakes is pretty exciting. Who couldn’t use a influx of cash in these tough times? Unfortunately, there are a lot of con artists who try to separate you from your hard-earned money with the … Continue reading

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Cash strapped? Falling for a card cracking or cell phone credit muling scam will make you even poorer

I remember how it was being a broke college student, digging around under the car seats for enough change to buy a soda or a small bag of chips. If someone had come along offering me “free” money, I’m sure … Continue reading

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BBB Investigation: Cash Advance USA and Fast Cash Loan USA leave consumers who sought loans empty-handed

Consumers desperate for cash are sending money through pre-paid cards Two online businesses claiming false Austin, Texas addresses are using bogus loan offers to extract upfront payments from consumers. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin … Continue reading

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