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Bloomington Beware!

Consumer watchdog series exposing scams in south central Indiana
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Daily Local News – October 30, 2013

Trick-or-treat hours in Bloomington have been postponed to Friday, due to severe weather concerns on Halloween night; Last week Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced she is suing all ten members of the Indiana State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana’s ‘Open Door’ law; On October 24th, the Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals gave permission for a company to …

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Bloomington Beware! – Tax Payment Scam

A phone call demanding payment for taxes because there’s a Tax Warrant out on you — does NOT come from the government, it comes from a crook. Here’s the truth.

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Bloomington Beware! – Medigap

High-pressure sales pitches for insurance to cover what Medicare doesn’t are crossing the line into scam territory. Older people are increasingly being targeted, especially with the new Health Care Act coming into force.

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Bloomington Beware! – Phone Scams

These days, telephone calls from a number you don’t recognize are — more likely than not — scams. Here’s word on a couple that are going around now, and some good reasons why you should NOT answer your phone every time it rings.

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Bloomington Beware! – Imposters!

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Impostor. Imposter who? Just because there’s a man in a uniform standing in front of you, doesn’t always mean they are who they say they are. Be aware.

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Bloomington Beware! – Fake Emails

Scams are on the rise, and here’s a heads up on two kinds of really dangerous fake emails that have been hitting US recently. Sending your friends a cool link via email is no longer a good idea.

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Bloomington Beware! – Ransomeware

It’s doubled in the last three months: computers, and now smartphones, are being hijacked by very dangerous malware. Here’s what to watch out for, and how to prevent what could be a huge disaster.

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Bloomington Beware! – Elder Abuse

Older people are particularly juicy targets for swindlers and con artists, and the problem’s getting worse as more Americans get older. Young people need to know more about this, just as much as senior citizens.

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Bloomington Beware! – Craigslist: One Stop Shopping

Ahh, the convenience of Craigslist, you can shop online for everything from microwaves to bait – the old bait and switch, that is. On this episode of Bloomington Beware!, we’ll talk about some of the most common Craigslist scams, so you don’t fall for them hook, line, and sinker.

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Bloomington Beware! – Student Loan Pitfalls

Paying for college is a lot more expensive — and a lot riskier — than it used to be. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of what the risks are, and how to avoid drowning in financial quicksand after you graduate.

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