Stories by Kelvin Collins

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Your Money: Rebuilding after a flood

Recent historic flooding has wreaked havoc in the Carolina's and left many consumers without power and clean water, caused severe property damage, and left many homeless.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Your Money: Five red flags to help you spot a lottery or sweepstakes scam

Whether it's mail, phone or in person, con artists are using the promise of prizes and large cash winnings to steal from honest people.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Your Money: Consumers have three days to cool off

Under the Federal Trade Commission's "Cooling-Off" Rule, consumers have three business days to cancel any purchase of $25 or more that was made in the consumer's home.
By Kelvin Collins

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Your Money: Gifting Clubs are pyramid schemes

BBBs are again detecting a rise in gifting clubs, groups that manage to convince newcomers that they will receive thousands of dollars if they make a "gift" to participate in a private, ...
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

Scams link to real sites as malware downloads

Keep on the lookout for an e-mail scam that pretends to be a “community safety” alert. It looks like a warning for parents about a child predator in the area, but it’s really just a scam.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

Reverse mortgages best if you plan to stay in home

A reverse mortgage allows homeowners to convert part of the equity in a home to cash without having to sell the property.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

How to respond to data breaches

Tens of millions of Americans could be victims of the latest corporate data breach, this one at Anthem Insurance. Hackers apparently stole personal identifying information from current and former ...
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

Your Money: Choose contractor with care

Spring will be here soon; it's a time when many people's fancies turn to home improvement.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

Don't be bullied into falling for 'IRS' scam

As we start gearing up for the busy tax season, the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a phone scam that is demanding money and threatening jail time.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

Resolve to spend wisely in 2015

While making your New Year's resolutions, did you include budgeting and spending money wisely?
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Know store's refund, exchange policies before making purchase

Did you know that refund and exchange policies are not required by law? In fact, retailers offer refund policies as a voluntary practice.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Your Money: Before you donate, find information about charity

Americans are generous people, and their spirit of giving soars during the holidays. The Better Business Bureau offers tips to help ensure that your donation does the greatest good.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Don't fall victim to fake debt collectors

With recent actions by federal prosecutors against rogue debt collection companies, many consumers are even more suspicious of those calls asking about a past debt.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Don't get scammed by 'white-van deals'

It is known as the "white van" or the "parking lot peddler" scam. People driving white vans or sport utility vehicles pull into a parking lot to display their wares.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Kelvin Collins: College students at high risk for identity theft

Information sharing has become second-nature to many college students. Unfortunately, this also makes them more susceptible to scams and fraud.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

Action steps to keep your money in event of a business's bankruptcy

When a retailer closes their doors, customers are often left confused and wondering what will happen to purchases they've paid for but haven't received. The same applies in situations where ...
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

Scammers now targeting utility customers

Have you paid your utility bill? Chances are that you have, but that isn't stopping scammers from taking advantage of consumers by impersonating utility company employees looking to deactivate for ...
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Marketing pitch can be scheme in disguise

Many people have found success in direct selling for companies that use a multi-level compensation plan.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

Directories offer little more than food for ego

If you are a professional in your field, you might be offered the chance to appear in a vanity publication. Don't believe the hype. Many of these publications do nothing more than boost your ego ...
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, July 21, 2014

How to spot a survey scammer

We have all seen the ads, "Take our short survey and receive a $50 gift card!" Offers like this claim to be gathering customer feedback for legitimate businesses, however, many might be promoting ...
By Kelvin Collins
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