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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says Tennesseans Lost Nearly $1M to Gift Card Scams in 2018

 

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Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – For scammers, the season of holiday giving is the season of taking, and Tennesseans’ hard-earned money again tops scammers’ wish lists. Unfortunately, Tennessee consumers are falling for scammers’ ploys when it comes to gift card swindles in increasing numbers.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Consumer Sentinel Network reports Tennesseans lost nearly $1 million – over $943,000 – through prepaid gift card scams in 2018, which is a 44 % increase compared to 2017 when scammers stole $653,709 from consumers.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office: “Be A Good Elf” When Selecting, Decorating, Maintaining Christmas Trees

 

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Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Opinions may differ on when to start decorating for the holidays, but one thing is certain: Practicing fire safety during the holidays can drastically reduce the likelihood of a home fire. To raise awareness of fire-safe behaviors this holiday season, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is asking Tennesseans to “Be a Good Elf” when it comes to selecting, decorating, and maintaining Christmas trees.

While fire departments only respond to an average of 200 Christmas tree fires per year according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), those fires are far more deadly than other home fires.

Christmas Trees Start an Average of 200 Home Fires Each Year in the United States

Christmas Trees Start an Average of 200 Home Fires Each Year in the United States

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Advises everyone to Approach Free Trials with Caution

 

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Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The option to “try before your buy” when looking for a product or service can be enticing, but the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division is advising consumers to approach free trial offers with caution.

While there are many reputable companies offering free trials, some use these offers as a way to sign you up for more products—even if you don’t want them. These subscriptions can end up costing hundreds of dollars before the consumer realizes their accounts have been debited.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reports 3,141 Outdoor Fires Caused $2.8M Property Loss From 2013-17

 

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Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As wildfires claim lives and destroy properties in northern and southern California, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) extends its sympathies to the victims of the disasters and reminds Tennessee residents to always follow safety precautions during outdoor burns.

By not following safety precautions, wildfires can occur, wrecking property, destroying wildlife, and putting lives at risk. In the last five years (2013-17), Tennessee state fire department records show 3,141 unintentional fires resulted from outdoor burning and created over $2.8 million in property losses.

Burn permits required October 15th-May 15th.

Burn permits required October 15th-May 15th.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Recognizes Five Tennessee Veterans

 

Five Military Veteran Tennessee State Employees Honored for Exemplary Service

Tennessee Department of Veterans ServicesNashville, TN -Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize five veteran state employees and more than 470,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras. 

The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held on the second floor of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville.

(Top: L to R) John Briggs, Don Coleman, Angelo Giansante, (Bot: L to R) William Houser, and Paul Nielsen.

(Top: L to R) John Briggs, Don Coleman, Angelo Giansante, (Bot: L to R) William Houser, and Paul Nielsen.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance reminds everyone Open Enrollment Began November 1st on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace

 

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) reminds consumers that Open Enrollment for health insurance coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) began Thursday, November 1st, 2018.

Tennesseans have until December 15th, 2018, to apply for or re-enroll in coverage for the 2019 calendar year.

Open Enrollment Began November 1st

Open Enrollment Began November 1st

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds everyone to Check Smoke Alarm Batteries When You ‘Fall Back’ This Weekend

 

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Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting their clocks back one hour Sunday, November 4th, 2018, at 2:00am (CDT) when daylight saving time ends.

“Smoke alarms have proven to save lives in the event of a home fire—but only if they are working,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “As daylight saving time ends, we encourage Tennesseans to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.”

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Keep Halloween Fire-Safe and Fun by Following Simple Safety Tips

 

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Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) says Jack-o’-lanterns, decorative candles, and so-called “haunted houses” are all Halloween traditions.

Unfortunately, all those traditions carry risks that could result in injuries or a fatality. According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Candles Start Nearly Two of Every Five Decoration Fires.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Candles Start Nearly Two of Every Five Decoration Fires.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Offers Tips for Individuals Using Person-to-Person Payment Systems

 

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – Tennessee Consumer Affairs says sending and receiving money is easier than ever before thanks to electronic fund transfers, often called person-to-person (or P2P) payment systems.

Person-to-person payment systems, like PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle, allow consumers to link bank accounts, debit cards, and/or credit cards in order to send and receive money to another party via mobile and desktop applications.

Tennessee Consumer Affairs Division Offers Information, Tips for Electronic Fund Transfer Services.

Tennessee Consumer Affairs Division Offers Information, Tips for Electronic Fund Transfer Services.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says Secure Your Information During Cyber Security Awareness Month

 

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – While technological advances have made everyday tasks easier, they’ve also increased the vulnerability of consumers’ most sensitive personal data. Electronic financial accounts, healthcare information, and social media profiles can be exposed in just a few clicks by enterprising scammers. In recognition of October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Tennessee Consumer Affairs and Securities divisions are providing tips to help keep your information safe online.

Technological Advances Provide Convenience but Leave Unsecure Information Vulnerable according to Tennessee Consumer Affairs.

Technological Advances Provide Convenience but Leave Unsecure Information Vulnerable according to Tennessee Consumer Affairs.

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