Stories by Kelvin Collins

Saturday, Aug 13, 2016

Debt settlement intervention can come with risks

The Better Business Bureau warns over-burdened consumers to beware of companies that promise to cut their bills in half by negotiating low payoff amounts from creditors.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, July 29, 2016

Your Money: Prepare for back-to-school shopping

School bells are ringing and many consumers are taking advantage of annual back-to-school specials on supplies. Whether you plan to shop at your favorite retail store or in the drawers and closets ...
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, July 15, 2016

Collins: Grandparent scams still targeting seniors

The Better Business Bureau is warning well-meaning seniors about "emergency" scams designed to fool them into thinking their grandchild is hurt, arrested or stranded and in need of money.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, July 8, 2016

Your Money: Be cautious when attempting to sell timeshares

Many are looking for ways to reduce expenses. One popular option is to unload timeshares so owners can recoup investment and stop paying maintenance fees.
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Collins: Consider rent, location, space when looking for a new apartment

Many families move each year in search of opportunity and a new place to live. Many others are looking to move their college students into apartments.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, April 15, 2016

Your Money: Perfect weddings start with trustworthy vendors

When preparing for the day of your dreams, your Better Business Bureau advises couples to proceed with caution when selecting wedding vendors.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, March 25, 2016

Dig up dirt before hiring lawn care service

Springtime is here and flowers are in bloom - so now might be the time to start landscaping your lawn.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Collins: Watch out for red flags with rental properties

"A real steal! 1,400 sq. ft. home for rent, all utilities included - for just $500 a month!" Steal is the right word, because this advertisement is nothing more than a scam.
By Kelvin Collins

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

Ask the right questions before committing to new gym contract

Losing weight is one of the most common New Year's resolutions after the gluttony of the holiday season.
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015

Your Money: Be careful that scam alert is coming from real source

The U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management has been notifying those affected by a recent cyber security breach that their personal data was compromised. Unfortunately, scammers also are ...
By Kelvin Collins

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Make a holiday budget and stick to it to start the new year debt-free

You can make this year debt-free by creating a holiday budget and sticking to it.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Your Money: Utility bill already paid? Don't fall for this scam

Have you paid your utility bill? Chances are that you have, but that isn't stopping scammers from taking advantage of businesses and consumers by impersonating water and cable company employees ...
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Your Money: Don't fall victim to bogus tech support calls

Many residents are still reporting to your BBB that they have received telephone calls from individuals claiming to be with tech support from well-known software companies.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Your Money: Tips to help apartment hunters choose a new place

Many families move each year in search of opportunity and a new place to live. For those currently undergoing the task, searching for an apartment can be a daunting process. There are many things ...
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
 
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