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?
Browse Questions: Scam
Dear Consumer Ed: My roof was damaged during a recent storm. A roofer came to my door and, after looking at my roof, offered to replace it for $20,000. He said the company would pay my insurance deductible if I agreed to let them put a sign in my yard with their company name on it. The price seems high, but they said my insurance would cover all of it. Do you think this is on the level?
You may have already heard about the computer technical support scam where someone impersonating a Microsoft technician calls and says there's something wrong with your computer and that they can fix it for a payment of a few hundred dollars.
Dear Consumer Ed:
I keep on getting past due letters for a product I never ordered. I've tried to explain the error to the company, but I never get responses; I only get past due notices with additional fees. What should I do?
Dear Consumer Ed: I am a college student and I’ve been looking online for part-time work so I can make a little money. I see work-from-home jobs advertised, but my friend says most of them are scams. How can I tell if a job posting is legitimate or not?
Dear Consumer Ed: I recently learned of a newly established association that claims to be a worldwide non-profit organization. How can I make sure they are a legitimate non-profit?
Dear Consumer Ed: I recently purchased a pool cover online. My credit card was charged immediately. Two weeks later, without any notification, the company refunded 95% of the purchase price. When I discovered this, they told me they kept 5% because they don’t ship to where I live. Is that legal?
Dear Consumer Ed: I came across a $395 charge on my 88 year-old father’s Visa card statement. My father has dementia, and was conned into purchasing an extended warranty on his 2011 vehicle. My father will be charged $160 per month for the next 18 months. I have contacted the business directly, but the issue has not been resolved. What can I do, and how can I help prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future?
Dear Consumer Ed: How can I tell if an online review of a product is real or fake?
Dear Consumer Ed: I am receiving notices in the mail from cruise lines telling me I’ve won a free cruise. The same company is calling me on the phone and leaving messages. I’d love to go on a cruise, but I don’t know how to tell whether these deals are legit.