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Consumer watchdog series exposing scams in south central Indiana
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Better Beware – Pokemon Go

The new “augmented reality” videogame is taking the world by storm, and creating problems for players and non-players alike. Here are some things everybody needs to watch out for.

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Better Beware – Travel Scams

Lots of people are traveling this vacation-season, and there are lots of scams targeting them. Here’s some advice from the Indiana Attorney General that could save you a bundle.

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Better Beware – Mobile Phone Accounts

Mobile phone accounts are increasingly being target by identity thieves, and the FTC has issued a strong warning. Here’s what to watch for, and what you can do about it.

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Better Beware – Mystery shoplifters, fake gold coins

The “mystery shopper” scammers have raised the bar with “mystery shoplifter” scams, and coin dealers report the market for gold coins is being deluged by clever fakes.

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Better Beware – Orlando scams

The Orlando nightclub massacre is another very public disaster that attracts lots of good people who want to help, and lots of scammers who want to steal. Here’s how to avoid becoming a victim.

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Better Beware – IRS Scam, Car Title Loans

The Feds are beginning to bust people and send them to prison for those fake IRS calls. And here’s a warning about a very nasty Loan Shark deal, like a Payday Loan but worse!

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Better Beware – Travel Scams

‘Tis the season to get out and get going, and if you’re traveling here are some nasty tricks people play on out-of-towners.

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Better Beware – Religious Scams

Any religion or belief system can be a tool for a con artist working an “affinity fraud.” Here’s a look at the subject, with a couple of unholy examples.

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Better Beware – Maria Duval

A fake name for a real person, who’s one of the biggest fraudsters ever to prey on the gullible, and especially, the elderly. Psychic fakery – it’s way too profitable.

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Better Beware

Stats and Ransomware: FTC statistics on scam complaints in 2015 show some interesting trends. In 2016 the worst threat is Ransomware computer viruses, and there’s yet another new fake email going around.

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