• Employment Scams: Be wary of firms charging fees to find you a job

    Friday, August 01, 2014 | 10:32am

    NASHVILLE – If you are looking for a job, you have probably seen ads for job placement firms that promise results. While many of these firms may be legitimate and helpful, others may misrepresent their services, promote outdated or fictitious job offerings and charge high fees in advance for services that may not lead to a job. 

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  • Foreign lottery scams: You can’t win a contest you didn’t enter

    Friday, August 01, 2014 | 10:26am

    NASHVILLE – “Congratulations! You are our $100 million sweepstakes winner!” 

    Sound familiar? Scams like this circulate daily. Their goal is to get your money or personal information. Whether you receive notification via telephone, e-mail or direct mail telling you that you have won foreign lotteries, from Canada or from as far away as Europe, you are asked to reply with personal information in order to receive the winnings. 

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  • Prevent home repair rip-offs

    Friday, August 01, 2014 | 10:18am

    NASHVILLE – After a major disaster, such as a flood or tornado, many victims need immediate help to repair damage and secure their property to avoid further loss. That’s when it’s important to understand how to best purchase qualified home repair services -- and to have knowledge about scam artists who take advantage of disaster victims.

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  • Beware of pitches for New Year’s Resolutions shortcuts

    Friday, August 01, 2014 | 10:11am

    NASHVILLE – – Lose weight! Stop smoking! Be physically fit! 

    If these are among your resolutions, the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs warns consumers to beware of ads that promise either rapid weight loss without dietary changes or exercise, or any so-called miracle cures.

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  • Pet-shipping scams are all swindle, no animal

    Friday, August 01, 2014 | 10:08am

    NASHVILLE – – 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? If so, it may be a scam that is making the rounds.

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  • Don't Lose your Cool with Air Conditioning Repairs

    Friday, August 01, 2014 | 9:58am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee summers can be hot! For comfort and safety reasons, it is important 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. 

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  • Tips to Avoid Timeshare Scams

    Friday, August 01, 2014 | 9:53am

    NASHVILLE – – Have you received an offer in the mail promising a cheap travel package for a hotel stay or a short cruise? Or, you are on vacation, and are offered a free brunch or show tickets. To get the discounted package or prize, all you have to do is attend a timeshare presentation.

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  • Bypass extended vehicle warranty scams

    Friday, August 01, 2014 | 9:32am

    NASHVILLE – Have you received a letter in the mail warning that your car warranty is about to expire, despite the fact that your warranty expired three years ago? Although the letter may look like it is being sent from your car dealer or manufacturer, it could be a scam. 

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