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Mortgage Settlement Scams

Idaho’s Attorney General is warning consumers of a new scam related to the recent multistate mortgage servicer settlement. Reports have been made of phone calls and emails from scammers asking for the consumer’s bank account number. Some callers have reportedly … Continue reading

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Tax Scam Alerts

As people prepare to file their taxes, scammers are preparing to dupe them out of their returns.  The Better Business Bureau warns about two scams:  1.       Small business owners and individuals need to beware of suspicious lookalike emails that mimic … Continue reading

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Tax Hacks – Beware Tax Scams

Now is the time of year when scam artists are trying to separate you from your money by using income taxes. Remember, the IRS will never send you an email asking for personal information. Also, beware of accountants who use … Continue reading

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Fake Accidents Drive up Insurance Costs

Watch this video from CBS News. Staged accidents like this one added $650 million to the cost of auto insurance in the state of Florida alone in 2011. This is happening everywhere and we are all paying for it. Be … Continue reading

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Beware Telephone Scams

Jeri Traughber, Pocatello resident, won $550,000! At least that’s what the caller wanted her to believe. But Traughber was smart and recognized the call for the scam that it really was. Traughber’s advice to others is simple: Be cautious. Many … Continue reading

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Living Trust Mills

A “living trust” is a trust you create while you are alive. It can help you avoid probate, reduce estate taxes or set up long-term property management. The advantages of living trusts are sometimes exaggerated by companies who sell them. … Continue reading

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Another Fake BBB Complaint Scam

November and December were riddled with fake BBB complaint emails, and now it’s back!  A BBB Accredited Business clicked on the link and lost a hard drive. The email scam is using Better Business Bureau’s name, ‘Start With Trust’ tagline, and … Continue reading

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Grandparent Scam Rides Again – Stay Calm

“Your grandson has been injured in an automobile accident in Peru,” the caller says. “He must pay $4,800.00 or go to jail.” The savvy grandmother on the other end of the line calmly asks for information, explaining that she will … Continue reading

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Scam Prevention Workshops for Seniors

The Idaho Attorney General’s Office held scam prevention workshops for the elderly throughout southeast Idaho this week. Consumer protection specialists are visiting senior centers statewide to give the elderly the tools and knowledge they need to keep themselves safe. “Our mission is … Continue reading

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Cynthia Hetherington Tells it Like it Is

Cynthia Hetherington, an expert on Internet safety, wowed the crowd with safety tips and do’s and don’ts for Facebook at a free seminar held in Boise, Idaho last night. The room was full to overflowing as she reviewed built in safety … Continue reading

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