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Dear Consumer Ed: I see stores charging exorbitant prices for groceries, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. One store I went to is charging $11 for six rolls of toilet paper and $6 a pound for ground beef. Isn’t this price gouging?
Dear Consumer Ed: After filling out a feedback form about a fast food restaurant, I received a call saying that I had won a contest. I was asked to provide a faxed form, signed and notarized, along with my Social Security number for tax purposes. Does that sound legitimate?
Dear Consumer Ed: This supposed lending club is offering to loan me $5,000, but they say that since my credit isn’t great, they need to verify my intention to pay by a means I find suspicious.
Dear Consumer Ed: I own a timeshare in Mexico. A company in Georgia said they could help me sell it for a fee. I’m a little leery about this. How do I know it’s not a scam?
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
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.
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.
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?