Scams & Rip-Offs

  • The #1 Mistake People Make At Hotel Checkout

      

    There's an ugly ongoing problem when you check in or out of a hotel. At the desk, you're always asked to give a form of payment like a credit card or a debit card so if you trash the...

  • 5 Misleading Ads That Can Wipe Out Your Wallet

      

    The motto of my show is "save more, spend less, and avoid ripoffs." But what if you can’t recognize those ripoffs when you’re faced with alluring advertising pitches? Here...

  • 4 Ways To Stay Safe When Using Craigslist

      

    Craigslist can be a great place to buy all kinds of items -- but you've got to be careful or it could cost you your life. Follow this advice to stay safe when you use Craigslist Some...

  • Payday loans hurt finances more than they help

      

    Payday loan stores can put your finances on a downward spiral. Don’t be fooled by their promises.

  • Craigslist Safety Tips - Part 2

      

    Home > Shopping & Retail Craigslist safety tips - Part 2 0 0 0 New To avoid potential Craigslist crime, Clark explains why neighborhood exchange groups are a better idea.

  • Craigslist Safety Tips - Part 1

      

    Craigslist can be great place to find a deal, but staying safe is your first priority. Here's a great tip for the next time you're buying or selling.

  • Clark Does Not Purchase Extended Warranties!

      

    My wife was doing me a favor the other day and went to a specialty electronics retailer to get some equipment that I use when I do broadcasting for the show from my home. As she's checking...

  • 3 Tips to Get the Most Value Out of Gift Cards

      

    Gift cards are really popular this time of year. But when you buy one, I want to make sure you are protected. Is your gift card going to be emptied before you even use it? Gift cards sold...

  • Can Credit Repair Really Raise Your Score?

      

    The promise of credit repair outfits is an alluring one -- they say they'll remove bad credit marks from your record for a price. But what's the real deal? Credit repair firms make...

  • Inside the Timeshare Sales Pitch

      

    I recently had the opportunity to use a family member’s timeshare package to take a vacation. Moments after arriving at the resort, the staff had already set the wheels in motion in hopes of...

  • Sample Letter: Stop Automatic Payments

      

    To Whom It May Concern: I am writing to request that you stop (insert company's name) from making future automatic withdrawals from my checking account. These charges are unauthorized. I...

  • Beware of the one ring scam on your phone

      

    That missed call on your cellphone could cost you $30…but maybe not in the way you think. One of my Facebook followers let me know about an old scam that has roared back to life. Years...

  • Google Chrome adds virus protection

      

    A bad virus or spyware can put your cell phone or computer out of commission. Here’s what Google is doing to keep that from happening.

  • How to Prevent Medical ID Theft

      

    If your medical information is stolen it can wreak havoc on your life. But you can prevent someone from getting your private information.

  • #1 Key To Preventing Tax Identity Theft

      

    Are you worried about tax identity crooks taking away your return? Here's the best way to outsmart them... How to beat the tax return ID thieves at their own game During the last few years,...