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Consumer Don't dig into trouble - call 811 first Don't dig into trouble - call 811 first
Hitting a gas or electric line buried under your property can be extremely dangerous. That's why you are required – by law – to call before you dig a hole to plant a tree, install a fence or put in a lamppost.
Consumer Investigators, victims weigh impacts of tax ID fraud, Oso disaster relief Investigators, victims weigh impacts of tax ID fraud, Oso disaster relief(Video)
Despite earlier alerts, IRS imposters continue to steal millions by calling taxpayers on the phone and threatening jail time if delinquent taxes are not paid immediately. Even if you're savvy, think of friends, family, neighbors and others in your community who might be fooled by these clever creeps. Spread the word that IRS agents do not call you with threats. They do not use other law enforcement to threaten you. They don't text your cell phone or send unsolicited emails. Bottom line: hang up on all threatening calls, delete all unsolicited emails, and notify the U. S. Treasury Inspector about any scam attempts.
Consumer Does it makes sense to pay tax bill with you credit card? Does it makes sense to pay tax bill with you credit card?
Paying your tax liability with your credit card may seem like a smart move. It lets you delay the actual payment for a month or so. And you may be able earn some extra rewards on your card. But before you reach for your wallet, consider this.
Consumer Insurance companies you can count on Insurance companies you can count on(Video)
When a storm slams through your front door, the damages you suffer are often determined by fate. But how easily you can pick up the pieces may be determined by your home insurer.
Consumer Veggetti: Does it work? Veggetti: Does it work?(Video)
If you want to get people to buy more kitchen gadgets, come up with a new way to cut vegetables. That seems to be an unspoken motto in the gadget industry. Here's yet another new-fangled veggie cutter that promoters think you can't do without. It's called Veggetti. The hook with this one is spaghetti without the fat and carbs. And like some of it's veggie-cutting, As Seen On TV cousins that I've tested recently, it promises fast, easy results- with a twist.
Consumer Vacation Rental Scams Vacation Rental Scams(Video)
Beware of vacation rental scams that can pack a very nasty surprise. Criminals are hacking into the email accounts of owners of rental properties, and defrauding renters out of a lot of money.
Consumer Overuse of the purple pill Overuse of the purple pill(Video)
What's the top-selling brand-name prescription drug in America? Nexium, "the purple pill." We spend six billion dollars a year on it. It's one of many proton pump inhibitors, or PPI's, and it's often prescribed for heartburn to keep your stomach from producing too much acid.
Consumer Why you can forget about Ginkgo Why you can forget about Ginkgo
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the best-known and most widely-used herbal supplements. It's supposed to do all sorts of things, but most people who take it hope to sharpen their memory and concentration.
Consumer Local family learns new toothbrushes actually very used Local family learns new toothbrushes actually very used(Video)
Most of us might be put off to learn the new clothes we just bought had been used by someone else then returned to the store. So you can imagine how a local mother feels knowing the same thing happened with toothbrushes she bought for her kids- especially since her children actually used the toothbrushes before she and her husband discovered the ugly truth.
Consumer Unsexy maintenance repairs need to be done Unsexy maintenance repairs need to be done
Some home improvement projects - like transforming your ho-hum bathroom into a master bath suite - are fun and exciting But most of the time, it's maintenance work that's far from glamorous, but extremely important.
Consumer 2 more recalls push GM total to 4.8 million in a month 2 more recalls push GM total to 4.8 million in a month
General Motors announced two more recalls late Friday, bringing to 4.8 million the number of cars, trucks and SUVs the automaker has called back for repairs in the past month.