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Week of May 7, 2018 (see last week)

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Who Gets Scammed: Why Some People Are More Vulnerable

scam Recent research suggests that millennials tend to fall for scams more than seniors, but seniors lose more when they get taken. But no matter your age, Consumer Reports says there are five traits that make certain people more susceptible to scams.

This Clever Home Purchase/Home Improvement Scam Could Cost You $100K+

house The FBI is saying that this is one of the most common scams out there, but I bet you haven't heard about it. (MrConsumer didn't!) Hackers break into a company's email system and find people with whom the company is about to do a deal. On simulated letterhead of the company or from a lookalike email address, the consumer is directed to wire or electronically send their down payment (to the crooks). Here are two stories (both with autoplay, unfortunately) showing how the scam works. Story one and story two.

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10 Inexpensive Ways to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

curb appeal With the spring house selling season in full swing, you want to make the best first impression possible when prospective buyers drive up to your house. Here are 10 tips to improve its curb appeal.


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Mouse Print* -- Congratulations, You've Won (NOTHING) at Car Dealer

mouse print A North Carolina consumer thought he hit it big in a scratch off sweepstakes from his local car dealer. Of course, the would-be winner became disheartened when the car dealer pointed out the fine print. That story is in Mouse Print* this week.


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Bargain of the Week

Sign Up for Restaurant Loyalty Programs and Get Free Food

Here are 23 restaurant offers of free food, either once or on a recurring basis, when you join their club or loyalty program.

See also: Hot Deals

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Should You Buy Smartphone Insurance?

Consumer Reports says there are a lot of different policies and a lot of different factors to consider before plunking down $7 to $36 a month, or a flat fee, to cover you in case of phone repair problems.

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