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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month Posted on Apr 1

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving was responsible for almost 3,450 deaths in 2016. Distracted driving is categorized by NHTSA as “any activity that prevents you from giving your full attention to the activity of driving while behind the wheel.”   …Continue Reading April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams Posted on Feb 12

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams Many Americans are turning to the internet in order to search for love. Online dating and dating apps are the new wave of the future for both younger generations and   …Continue Reading There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams

Avoid peer-to-stranger transfers when using peer-to-peer payment apps Posted on Jan 14

Avoid peer-to-stranger transfers when using peer-to-peer payment apps

  Have you heard of peer-to-peer payment apps such as Venmo and Cash App?  These money transferring apps sit on the phones of millions of Americans, and the numbers grow by the day.  Their convenience is hard to dismiss, since they function as a bank   …Continue Reading Avoid peer-to-stranger transfers when using peer-to-peer payment apps

ScamTravel.Com Posted on Jan 7

ScamTravel.Com

Are you one of those consumers that can’t pass up a good vacation deal? While some of these deals are legitimate and a great value for your buck, many others are deceptive offers posted by scammers posing as online travel agencies or homeowners renting a   …Continue Reading ScamTravel.Com

New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign. Posted on Jan 2

New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign.

Many Americans are looking to 2019 to be a year of self-improvement, with the most common resolution being a greater dedication to health and fitness.  If you plan to purchase a gym membership to kick start your new healthy lifestyle, make sure you have all   …Continue Reading New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign.

Holiday Shopping Series: Bait and Switch Posted on Dec 13

Holiday Shopping Series: Bait and Switch

Most consumers have heard of the term “bait and switch,” but may not be aware when it happens to them. A sales representative may try to convince you to buy a different item than the one you came for, which may simply seem like a   …Continue Reading Holiday Shopping Series: Bait and Switch