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Bloomington Beware!

Consumer watchdog series exposing scams in south central Indiana
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Better Beware! – College Scams

Some 40,000 students are arriving in town right now. This can cause problems for local residents, but the students are often targets for fraudsters. Here’s some heads-ups for everyone!

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Better Beware! – Scamtracker

The Better Business bureau has a cool new feature on their website – an interactive map that shows what scams have been reported from where…all over the world! Here’s a look at how it works for us right here.

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Better Beware! – Less And More

Symantec has released their latest report on Internet threats, and there’s both good and bad news. Spam is decreasing, but other dangers are ramping up!

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Better Beware – Latest Scam News

Bad news and good – a headsup on a new wrinkle in the email spam game, a look at some of the current cons, and a couple of examples to prove that sometimes, the bad guys get caught!

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Better Beware! – Password!

Staying safe online requires passwords — probably many of them — and the problem of choosing and remembering good ones is getting worse and worse. Here are some things to think about and try.

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Better Beware! – Fraud Increasing

The explosion of con games puts us all in the front lines against fraud, and these days we’re seeing an increase in “old school” methods like telephone scams. Here’s an overview, and some basic reminders.

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Better Beware – Weight Loss

Two-thirds of American adults (and way too many kids) need to lose weight, and there are more scammers working this field than perhaps any other. So called “miracle” products are ALL phony!

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Better Beware! – Wedding Scams

’tis the season for Makin’ Whoopee – and fraudsters are all over the wedding industry these days, now that the average nuptials cost over 25 grand. If you’re planning to get hitched, don’t get taken!

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Better Beware! – Phony Phone Tactics

Scammers who call on the phone demanding money deserve anything they get – so here’s some ideas on how to turn the tables on ’em!

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Better Beware! – Bogus Debt Collectors

Anson Shupe’s unexpected death was a shock to us all. Here’s his final column, just as he wrote it, giving some good advice on how to deal with scammers who threaten you if you don’t pay them money you don’t really owe.

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