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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Gives Tips on Valentine’s Day Gift Certificates

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The rush to find the perfect gift ahead of Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14th, 2016) is in full swing, and gift certificates are a quick and easy way to make your loved one’s day.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs offers a few helpful tips for consumers who are considering purchasing gift certificates or discounted services for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Gift Certificates Tips

Valentine’s Day Gift Certificates Tips

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs lists Top 10 Imposter Scams of 2015

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs wants to warn consumers about the most commonly reported imposter scams from 2015.

“Scammers often target consumers via email or phone calls,” TDCI Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini said. “They use deceptive tactics to manipulate people into sending money or revealing sensitive data like Social Security numbers or banking information. Tennesseans should familiarize themselves with these tactics to avoid becoming a scam victim.”

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Tennessee’s Consumer Affairs Division offers Tips for Avoiding Tax Return Preparer Fraud

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is offering consumers tips to avoid tax return preparer fraud. Although Tax Day isn’t until April 18th, the Division encourages you to file early and vet your tax preparer to avoid fraud.

“If you decide to have a tax return preparer prepare and file your income tax return, it is important to choose that person carefully,” TDCI Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini said. “Finding a qualified professional takes a little planning and some research, but remember, you are responsible for everything on your return, even when someone else prepares it.

Research and Select Qualified Professionals Only

Research and Select Qualified Professionals Only

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs gives Tips on Selecting Contractors

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is warning consumers about contractors making door-to-door or telephone solicitations offering to renovate or repair your home.

Often these contractors are high-pressure salespersons seeking to convince homeowners to sign a contract, and then they hire inexperienced, unlicensed individuals as “subcontractors.”

Tennessee Consumer Affairs says be careful when selecting a contractor for home repair or improvement.

Tennessee Consumer Affairs says be careful when selecting a contractor for home repair or improvement.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Offers Tips About Returning Gifts

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – It’s likely you’ll be visiting retail counters this month to return or exchange those gifts that weren’t quite right.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs wants to make consumers aware of Tennessee laws regarding retail returns and offer a few tips to prevent hassles and headaches at the cash register.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says be wary of Price Gouging following December Storms

 

Tennessee Consumer Affairs Offers Tips to Avoid Price Gouging

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is urging consumers to be wary of potential price gouging following the severe storms and tornadoes on December 23rd and December 24th, 2015.

Tennessee’s price gouging laws make it unlawful for individuals and businesses to charge unreasonable prices for essential goods and services including gasoline, food, ice, fuel, generators, lodging, storage space, and other necessities in direct response to a disaster regardless of whether that emergency occurred in Tennessee or elsewhere.

A thunderstorm rages about the Montgomery County Court House.

A thunderstorm rages about the Montgomery County Court House.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says be wary of Holiday Scams

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – Don’t let scammers steal the joy from your holiday season.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs urges consumers to be wary of holiday-themed scams during this season of giving. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs gives Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Seniors

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division is warning senior adults to be diligent in avoiding scams.

Tennesseans are encouraged to take time during holiday visits to ensure senior relatives and neighbors are equipped to protect themselves against identity fraud.

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Tennessee Consumers targeted by Sweepstakes/Lottery Scams

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – As the holiday shopping season approaches, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is alerting Tennessee consumers to be on high alert for fraudulent sweepstakes and lottery offers they may receive via mail, phone, or social media.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs reminds Citizens to be Wary of Common Scams in 2014

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – Scam artists support a multi-billion dollar business in the United States and every year, thousands of consumers lose their hard-earned money to these thieves.

“Tennesseans need to be very critical of anyone promising a ‘too good to be true’ prize, offer or investment,” says Department of Commerce and Insurance Deputy Commissioner and Acting Consumer Affairs Director Steve Majchrzak. “Don’t ever share your social security number or banking information over the phone and always do your research before making any kind of payment.” «Read the rest of this article»

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