Dear Consumer Ed: After taking an online survey, I received an offer for a mystery shopper job. I completed a brief online training and I was sent a check for $1,300 to start work. The first job was to evaluate a wire transfer service by sending a $1,000 money transfer and then answering some questions about the experience. They said I could keep the remaining $300 as my fee. They even said I should wait a week before making the transfer to allow the check to clear first, but it still sounds fishy to me. What do you think?
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Dear Consumer Ed: My phone company has offered to give me a lower rate on my phone service if I switch to something called VOIP. What in the world is that? Will my phone work if the power goes out?
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