Recall Roundup

Earlier this month, Continental Tires issued a recall for nearly 94,000 of its Continental, General, and Barum brand tires because they were cured for too long during the production process. The company said that could cause affected tires to develop a break in the sidewall that would cause them to rapidly deflate and/or completely separate while in … Continue reading Recall Roundup

Behind On Your Rent And Worried About Eviction?

Lots of people are having difficulty paying their rent due to the pandemic. But today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released an eviction moratorium order. It protects people from being evicted for not paying their rent if they complete a declaration form and give it to their landlord. This protection lasts until June 30, … Continue reading Behind On Your Rent And Worried About Eviction?

BEWARE: Scammers Reportedly Using Fake Unemployment Benefits Websites as Phishing Lures

At a time when many people left jobless by the pandemic are struggling to get by, scammers reportedly are using websites that mimic government unemployment insurance (UI) benefits websites. These sites trick people into thinking they’re applying for UI benefits, and they wind up giving the scammers their personal information. The Department of Justice’s National … Continue reading BEWARE: Scammers Reportedly Using Fake Unemployment Benefits Websites as Phishing Lures

Get Ready! Be Prepared for the Scams that Will Follow the New COVID-19 Rescue Plan

The pandemic is still taking a toll on every kind of well-being we have. The new American Rescue Plan, just signed into law, gets the ball rolling to help out on many people’s financial well-being. Payments will soon be coming by direct deposit, checks, or a debit card to people eligible for the payment. You … Continue reading Get Ready! Be Prepared for the Scams that Will Follow the New COVID-19 Rescue Plan

What to do if you’re billed for an SBA EIDL loan you don’t owe!

Did you get a bill for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan, but you didn’t apply for one? It’s likely that an identity thief applied for the loan using your personal or business information. The SBA has new guidance about reporting the fraud, and the FTC has tips to help you clear up any credit … Continue reading What to do if you’re billed for an SBA EIDL loan you don’t owe!

Indoor TV Antenna? Make Sure You Know What You’re Getting

Any TV set made since 2007 has a digital tuner that lets you watch over-the-air (OTA) channels for free, if you get an inexpensive indoor antenna. These channels usually include local broadcast channels, including high-definition or “HDTV” signals. But an OTA antenna won’t get you free “premium” channels, which you can only get from cable, … Continue reading Indoor TV Antenna? Make Sure You Know What You’re Getting

Sample Letter for Disputing Billing Errors

Below is a sample letter than you are free to use for those who are billing you for the wrong amount or who are billing you fraudulently. Make sure that the address you send it to is legit before you mail it. Unfortunately, scammers are not going anywhere! Use this sample to draft your letter … Continue reading Sample Letter for Disputing Billing Errors

The Drug Enforcement Administration Isn’t Calling You!

We’re getting reports about scammers pretending to be Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents. They’re trying to get your money and personal information, and using alarming phone calls to do it. The DEA is alerting people to the scam. Their message: It’s not the DEA calling. The scammers use fake names and badge numbers. Sometimes they … Continue reading The Drug Enforcement Administration Isn’t Calling You!

Scammers Demand Money for their Dirty Deeds!

We are posting a warning to homeowners that scammers are sending mailings “offering” to sell them copies of their own property deeds. The deceptive solicitations would have the recipients believe that the government requires they immediately purchase certified copies of the legal documents (which is not true!). Often, the mailings state that homeowners must pay … Continue reading Scammers Demand Money for their Dirty Deeds!

Dealing With Weather Emergencies & Disasters

It’s one thing to prepare your family, pets, and property for extreme weather situations. It’s another to protect your personal information and finances from scammers who use weather emergencies to cheat people. This page has information to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from a weather emergency. Preparing for a Weather Emergency Extreme … Continue reading Dealing With Weather Emergencies & Disasters