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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says Protect Yourself against Phishing Scams

 

Consumer Affairs tells Tennesseans to be on guard for scams disguised as legitimate emails or texts

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN -  Consumer Affairs Director Gary Cordell tells Tennesseans to be aware of phishing scams via email or text message.

This summer, many consumers have received emails and/or text messages designed as being from a legitimate business such as their bank, a credit card company, a government agency, or a reputable organization that asks the recipient to confirm their personal information by clicking a link. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs helped return $6M in restitution to Tennesseans

 

Consumer Affairs mediates disputes between businesses and consumers and helps both parties find agreeable financial resolutions.  

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN - Fiscal year 2012-2013 reports show that the Division of Consumer Affairs helped return $6,094,029 in restitution to Tennesseans. The Division of Consumer Affairs team mediated resolutions between consumers and businesses, referred cases to the Attorney General’s Office, and directed consumers to the best form of action to close more than 5,500 cases.

The diligent work of Consumer Affairs specialists allowed the Division to double the amount of restitution returned to consumers from past years. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs tells Consumers to “Just Hang Up” on Sales Driven Robocalls

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TNRobocalls are computer-generated recorded messages used to communicate with the masses via telephone. A favorite of telemarketers, robocall technology is also used by thieves and scam artists to lure residents into traps.

“When I’m speaking to groups across the state, audience members inevitably ask about robocalls,” said Director Gary Cordell of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs. “I always tell them that if you pick up the phone and a recorded voice tries to sell you something – hang up immediately!” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says Don’t get burned this Summer by Air Condition Repair-Scam Artists

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – With the weather reaching sweltering temperatures this summer, it is more important than ever to have a working, reliable air conditioning unit. Scam artists know this and use the rise in temperatures to take advantage of consumers by charging for unnecessary repair work.

“Consumers should always check their unit’s warranty before making any repairs,” said Consumer Affairs Director Gary Cordell. “It is important to be an educated consumer and to do your homework before spending any money.”

Watch Out for Air Condition Repair-Scam Artists this Summer.

Watch Out for Air Condition Repair-Scam Artists this Summer.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Beware online dating scammers looking to swindle you out of cash

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and some consumers are banking on online dating as a way to hatch a serious relationship. Unfortunately, some fraud artists are also banking on online dating as a way to scam people out of their money.

Relationship scams, also known as sweetheart swindles, often follow this pattern: «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says start 2013 smart by checking your credit report

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Consumer Affairs Division is urging consumers to start the year off with a free review of their credit report.

Gaps in your computer’s security, a data breach at a company you patronize, even a failure to properly dispose of private information – all can lead to cases of stolen identities. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs issues warning on phishing emails

 

Inbox messages can look legitimate, snare your personal information

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – “You have notifications pending.” So states the email purportedly from Facebook, alerting you to missed updates related to your Facebook account.

It features, under the familiar logo with “Facebook” spelled out in white letters in a blue bar, two boxes for you to click if you wish to go to either your Facebook homepage or to all of your account’s notifications. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says Pet-shipping scams are all swindle, no animal

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – Have you seen an ad on an Internet site or in an email promising a free purebred or rare pet from another country or another state? The ad states that the pet is free and that the only thing you need to do is pay shipping costs. If so, it may be a scam that is making the rounds.

Scammers are posting ads on Internet sites such as Craigslist or eBay, promising a free, rare animal. All the consumer needs to do is pay for shipping to receive the pet. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says Keep your cool: Choose reliable Air Conditioning Repair Companies

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – With the temperatures reaching into the triple digits this summer, it is more important than ever to have a working, reliable air conditioning unit. Scam artists know this and use the rise in the heat to take advantage of consumers by charging for unnecessary repair work.

“Consumers should always check the warranty before making any repairs,” said Consumer Affairs Director Gary Cordell. “It is important to be an educated consumer and to do your homework before spending any money on repairs.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs warns Utility-funds Scams are gathering Steam and Victims, Don’t be Next

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – Have you been contacted by someone claiming to be from your utility company, promising the U.S. government will aid your payments through specially approved funds? The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs warns utility consumers to be on guard: Your personal information is at risk. «Read the rest of this article»

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