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Just hang up to avoid scams

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Just hang up. That's what postal inspectors say you should do the next time you get a call telling you you've won a lottery but have to pay a fee to collect the winnings. More>>

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Moving? Avoid change of address scams

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CBS46 tells you how some online companies are profiting by charging you for a service you can get for free. More>>

Telemarketing scam preys on small businesses

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Taking out a loan could make you vulnerable to telemarketing schemes. More>>

How to avoid psychic scammers

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You don't need a crystal ball to know that there are so-called psychics out there who prey on people for money. But if you are a believer, CBS46 tells you some ways to avoid getting ripped off. More>>

Scammers targeting your cell phone bill

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Reading your phone bill can be a drag, but it could also save you from bogus charges added on by scammers. More>>

Religious leader steals from church-goers

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What if someone you trusted came to you about a promising investment? More>>

Scammed by their own flesh and blood

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Over 50 people were victims of this scheme and lost more than a million dollars. And all of them were either friends or family of the ring leaders. More>>

Elderly parents targeted by lottery scammers

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A lonely widow is losing her life savings to scammers who just won't stop. More>>

Scam artist preys on generous investors Video included

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Investors were promised low risk and high returns to help people in third world countries. But this deal that sounded too good to be true, was. More>>

Protect yourself from check washing Video included

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CBS46 explains how you can avoid becoming a victim of check washing. More>>

Lottery winnings may be scam

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An estimated 30,000 calls are made from Jamaica to the U.S. every day attempting to defraud Americans.  CBS46 explains why you shouldn't fall for their claims. More>>

Avoid buying fake tickets online Video included

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Nearly five million people a year pay for tickets to concerts, sporting events and theme parks that prove to be fakes. CBS46 shows you how to avoid becoming a victim. More>>

Financial advisor betrays clients' trust Video included

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A longtime financial advisor betrays his clients' trust. More>>

Winners asked to send money to claim prizes

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You won't believe the lengths scammers will go to take your money, especially once they've got you on the hook. More>>

Victims pay thousands for fake art Video included

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Buying art on the internet could leave you vulnerable to scams. More>>

Criminals ''washing'' personal checks Video included

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CBS46 shows you how easy it is for criminals to change the names on your checks. More>>

Sure signs of online auction scams

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CBS46 is protecting your money with advice to avoid being scammed on online auction sites. More>>

Cars bought with fake money orders Video included

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CBS46 shows you how to recognize a fake money order. More>>

Scammers use pictures to prey on generous donors Video included

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There are scams out there right now that tug at your heartstrings while promising to line your pocketbook. More>>

Looking for love online could leave you broke Video included

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CBS46 warns of an online dating scheme that can cost you thousands of dollars and your pride. More>>

Think twice before writing personal checks Video included

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CBS46 explains why tipping someone with a personal check could cost you a lot more than you intended. More>>

Stolen mail leads to $150,000 in losses Video included

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CBS46 explains why your mail is so valuable to identity thieves and how to protect yourself. More>>

Thieves steal identities of deceased Video included

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CBS46 finds even the dead aren't immune to identity theft. More>>

Man fakes lost limb to scam insurance company Video included

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His claim that he lost an arm sent one man directly to jail. More>>

Storm chasers capitalize on oil spill Video included

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Con artists seized on the BP oil spill to make a fortune. More>>

Telemarketers threaten deportation Video included

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A telemarketing firm crosses the line into outright fraud and deception. More>>

Man's dream property becomes nightmare

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Man discovers he's the subject of trumped up lawsuits while trying to buy his dream property. More>>

Odd target of scam shows we're all vulnerable Video included

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Con artists target an unusual victim. More>>

Hundreds lured into online auction scam Video included

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If you're thinking about selling something on an online auction site, you should beware of scam artists who have only one goal in mind. More>>

Con man channels movie character to steal identities Video included

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A con man channels a movie character to steal identities and stay one step ahead of authorities. More>>

Thousands duped by 'Grandma Scam' Video included

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Thousands of victims in scams involving MoneyGram. More>>

''Ransomware'' scaring computer users Video included

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Scam artists are hijacking computers and demanding fees. CBS46 shows you what to do if you're a victim. More>>

Fake notary scams victims in need of refinancing Video included

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How you can avoid becoming a victim of con-artists who can turn your life into a nightmare. More>>

Congregation scammed out of their church Video included

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A con man targets a church congregation in search of a new place to worship. More>>

Dozens taken by home repair scam Video included

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One woman's dream to restore her lifelong home led to the biggest financial loss of her life. More>>

How much do you trust your neighbor? Video included

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A family learns the hard way just how easy one can end up the victim of identity theft. More>>

Secret shopper scam dupes thousands

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It seemed like an easy way to make a little money working at home. But instead, it was a scam that is now luring in thousands of victims. More>>

How to spot a foreclosure prevention scam

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A lawyer promising to rescue homeowners on the brink of foreclosure is now charged with stealing their money instead. More>>

Sometimes it pays to be skeptical Video included

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Next time you hear about an investment from a friend or even a church group, be extra cautious. More>>

Customers cash in fake coupons Video included

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We use coupons to save money, but ironically, coupons are now at the heart of a new scam. More>>

Con man shares telemarketing scam secrets

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In a rare interview, an experienced con-man explained how he lured his victims into his scams, stealing millions in the process. More>>

Fraud victim warns of timeshare sales scam

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If you're thinking about selling a timeshare, be on the lookout for scam artists trying to convince you to sell through them. You could end up on the losing end of the deal. More>>

Consumer Alert: Foreign lottery scams target elderly

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Foreign lottery scams target the elderly and they are costing Americans more than $120 million a year. More>>

Identity stolen; Not once, but twice Video included

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A woman's identity is stolen not once, but twice.  Find out how to make sure it doesn't happen to you. More>>

Consumer Alert: Some refinance offers too good to be true Video included

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If you're planning to refinance your mortgage, beware -- there is a scam you should know about. More>>

Consumer Alert: How to spot a bogus travel package Video included

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CBS Atlanta offers tips for avoiding travel scams. More>>

Consumer Alert: Don't fall victim to refinance fraud

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If you are trying to refinance your home or business, beware of scams that could cost you big time. More>>

Oil company promises fortune, cheats investors Video included

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US Postal Inspectors warn of a $36 million con job. How did hundreds of victims get taken? More>>

Consumer Alert: Investors burned by "guaranteed returns" Video included

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Investors beware: Some business opportunities promising a guaranteed return on your investment aren't what they appear to be. More>>

Consumer Alert: Don't let mystery shopping offers fool you Video included

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Beware of ads promising big bucks for stuffing envelopes or being a mystery shopper.  More>>

Consumer Alert: Beware of work-from-home scams Video included

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US Postal Inspectors warn of work-from-home scam. More>>

Man loses thousands in foreign lottery scam Video included

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For most of us, playing the lottery can be a fun game of "let's pretend." But for others who are desperate or addicted to gambling, playing the lottery can cost thousands of dollars and serious heartache. More>>

Consumer Alert: All that glitters isn't gold Video included

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At times of economic uncertainty, many people consider moving money from stocks and bonds to more tangible assets, like gold.  Unfortunately, there's always plenty of con-artists ready and willing to help. More>>

Postal service warns of email scam Video included

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US Postal Service warns customers of email scam. More>>

Consumer Alert: New money-saving cell service Video included

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Republic is a new cell phone service provider that promises an unlimited data plan for just $19 a month. That means you can talk, text and e-mail all you want, and surf the web. More>>

Consumer Alert: Microwave fire danger Video included

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In the Queen Anne condominiums in Seattle, Washington, tenant Joe Lyons is afraid for his safety. More>>

Consumer Alert: Not-so-healthy veggie chips Video included

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With Super Bowl season upon us, many people will be tackling their salt cravings with a bag of chips. But be careful what you choose. More>>

Consumer Alert: Canned Food Complaints

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As a careful shopper, you try to get the most for your money. More>>

Debt settlement company dupes hundreds Video included

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Investigators say unscrupulous debt settlement companies easily target people with high credit card debt or financial troubles. More>>

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