Bill Brooks

BROOKS - OPINION: Biting into a big, fat bogus burger

June 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Don’t you be scammed! I love to collect and investigate phony looking email offers. I got an email last week that looked like it came from Burger King and offered me a $100 gift certificate. All I had do was answer a few short questions on ...

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Opinion - Brooks: Sickness, serious charges and a writer’s apology

June 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

In Monday’s column I suggested that people who were not “wheelchair-bound” (this is a key word, necessary to understanding my advice) consider using a wheelchair in their transit through airports. There are many, like me, who are not “wheel...

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BROOKS: Sorry, but you can’t take GEG with you

June 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

I love Spokane’s airport! However, when we leave GEG (that’s airport lingo for Spokane International Airport), we become subject to the vicissitudes of other, not so friendly airport environs. Here are a few tips:1. If you want your bag to ...

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Digital switch sends some Spectrum heads spinning

June 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

This week I’ve had a number of calls about Spectrum and its recent move to digital. I’ve included a link below to a very well-written article in the Cd’A Press by Brian Walker. One of the reasons I say it’s a very well-written article is th...

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Pull the plug on robocalls

June 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

“I’m mad as hell, and not going to take this anymore!” That’s part of a speech from the 1976 movie “Network.” It pretty much sums up how almost everyone feels about the epidemic of robocalls we all are subjected to — every day. In 2017, exp...

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Routing your info right to Russia

May 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

You’d better read this if you have email or occasionally “get on” the Internet, because you probably have a router. What is a router? From Wikipedia: “A router is a networking device that forwards data packets between computer networks. Ro...

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Small local business, giant target

May 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

A local couple who run a small business from home got slammed by a professional scammer. Here’s how this one went down: Like many couples, these two work hard at their business and share the labor. Each morning they sign onto their bank’s w...

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Hard questions for vigilant consumers

May 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

There seems to be recent resurgence of very aggressive, itinerant door-to-door sales people in our area. (Why don’t these people show up in the middle of a North Idaho winter?) So far this year, it seems to be limited to roving bands of 20-...

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BILL BROOKS: Hey, buddy: Don’t cash that check!

May 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

Last week a consumer called me about a high-end Trex bicycle that he had for sale on Craigslist. When it was first listed months ago, a man from Bolivar, Miss., called immediately. The man told the local consumer that it was “exactly” the b...

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Here’s how the VA binds offers of helping hands

May 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Thinking about helping a vet with a VA claim? Think again. You may be breaking the law. A little-known fact is that according to federal law, an individual must be approved and accredited by the Veterans Administration before helping a vete...

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