Bill Brooks

BILL BROOKS: A rarity — this is no scam

May 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

It seems some bad actors, calling on behalf of Dish Network, the pay TV service, have been found guilty of violating federal law. According to the terms of the ruling in a class-action lawsuit, anyone with one of the 18,066 phone numbers th...

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BROOKS: Be wary of worms on Instant Messenger

May 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

THE WORMS ON FACEBOOK: No, not the individuals who trade in gossip and telling stories, I’m talking about a serious threat to anyone who uses Facebook or the Instant Messenger app, usually called IM. In addition to having your FB identity s...

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BILL BROOKS: Flying pets, CBD oil and mysterious callers

May 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

FLYING PETS: There has been much about the deaths of pets on board commercial airline flights. United Airlines has been involved in a number of these unfortunate incidents. United has just come out with a total ban on transporting certain t...

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Bill Brooks: Don’t redial, lettuce worries and kudos

April 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

NO REDIAL: When you get a call to your landline and the caller does not leave a message and you don’t recognize the Caller ID of the caller — DON’T push the “auto redial” number. When you do this, you make yourself a “gift” to spam callers ...

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Let us look at lettuce

April 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Cd’A Press as well as other print and electronic media outlets have done a good job alerting us to the E. coli hazard connected with eating romaine lettuce. Unfortunately, not everyone always listens carefully to the news or reads all t...

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BILL BROOKS: Spring brings out ants, wasps and door-knockers

April 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Not all door-to-door sales people are scammers. As the weather improves, so do the conditions under which door-to-door salespeople work. Many offer services and products which are both a convenience and benefit to consumers. Here are a coup...

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Smile! That teeth-whitening offer might be a scam

April 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

An employee of a local grocery store called me with a story I found hard to believe. It seems that a woman wearing scrubs, the clothing that staffs of doctors and dentists sometimes wear, was wandering around the food store, selling teeth w...

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Alarming security system stories

April 16, 2018 at 5:27 am

One of the doorknockers that plague subdivisions in our area are the sellers of security systems. The doorknockers are employees of third-party companies that sell services AND collect the money on behalf of the large companies that sell ho...

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A good answering machine can prevent big headaches

April 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Consumers are always calling me with scams. Many start out like this: “I got a new one for you Bill …”Honestly, it’s rare that a consumer calls with a new one. However, on Wednesday someone actually called me with something I’ve never heard...

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Who to call when Cash Call calls you

April 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

If you get a call from a company called Cash Call, please call me immediately. Cash Call is in the business of making short-term, high-interest loans to borrowers over the internet, or over the phone. While I have no evidence to support tha...

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