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Scam alert: Burglar alarm robocalls

Scam alert: Burglar alarm robocalls

Ever gotten that robocall advertising a free in-home security system? Here's how to tell the real companies from the burglar alarm scamsters.

How To Deal With Tax Return Identity Theft

  Tax fraud and tax return identity theft is becoming more common every day. It's even hit several of Clark's Consumer Action Center volunteers. Here's how one of them took care of it. "Reject Codes IND-508. Primary SSN in the Return Header must not be equal to the Spouse SSN ...

Can you trust the accuracy of your tax preparer?

Can you trust the accuracy of your hired tax professional?  Maybe not, according to new studies...So what's a tax payer to do? Taxes are complicated. They take a lot of time and mental energy as well. That’s why April 15th has always struck fear into the hearts of many Americans. ...

The Heartbleed Data Breaches: Clark’s Advice

Don’t panic. But don’t tune out and let the apathy virus shut you down either. You can protect yourself from harm with a couple of simple steps.  Heartbleed  is a software bug that allowed criminals to exploit encrypted data and even “secure”  financial sites.   This huge breach makes it possible ...

How To Avoid Fraud With Herbal Supplements

Do you take herbal supplements? The sad news is you might not be getting what you pay for... In a study published in the journal BMC Medicine, Canadian researchers tested 44 bottles of herbal supplements bought in Canada and the United States. A full one-third of the samples tested were ...

Don't get short-changed when selling gold

Don't get short-changed when selling gold

Looking to sell unwanted gold jewelry for cash? Studies show too many are getting short changed. There's only one way to make sure you're getting the real value.

Is The Stock Market Rigged?

Reports are now emerging that the stock market is rigged against small investors. But while that may add to your cynicism, it shouldn't subtract from your desire to save and invest. At the heart of the latest scandals is what's called HFT (high frequency trading). This is where insiders cook ...

ATM Warning: Trade Convenience for Security

Federal regulators have sent an alert to the banks about ATM network insecurity now that Windows XP is no longer supported. And there's one key thing you need to know to protect yourself. Most ATMs use Windows XP as the underlying software, but that's only the tip of a very ...

2 tips to protect your car and its contents

2 tips to protect your car and its contents

Car thieves have gone high tech with a mysterious handheld device that unlocks your car without smashing the window. Don't be their next victim.

Local government, red light camera installers in cahoots

  I am ultra-opposed to the red light cameras that are a presence in so many jurisdictions around the country. They're supposedly touted as a way to improve passenger safety and reduce the number of T -bone accidents. But I think red light cameras are not really there for safety, ...

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