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Your Legal Rights: Avoid survey scams

May 20, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

The call or email may start out innocently enough. You are asked to take part in a brief survey. Wanting to help, you play along. You later find out the personal information you gave out during the phony “survey” is used against you by a scammer. Continue Reading

Your Legal Rights: When in doubt, don’t give it out

January 20, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Scams and crooked deals are everywhere today, often where we least expect it. When you’re home answering the phone, browsing the Internet, checking the mail, or opening your door, scam artists and fraudulent operators look for ways to get your Social Security number and other private information. Continue Reading

Your Legal Rights: Gift cards — there’s no such thing as a free lunch

June 18, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

In 1850, a Milwaukee saloon advertised in the newspaper a free lunch at a bar. A free lunch was a marketing technique used by mid-19th century saloon owners to lure patrons to the bar. Continue Reading

Your Legal Rights: Public information and the Internet

May 15, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

The Internet is a great source for finding old friends, reading breaking news, and shopping from home. Unfortunately, controlling the information that is on the Internet is nearly impossible. Continue Reading