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Tips on Identifying Identity Theft Early

Your Moment of Trust

Release Date: 10/20/2021

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Electric bicycles— or e-bikes –allow riders to go farther and faster than a standard bicycle. Riding an e-bike instead of driving a car can help you lower your carbon footprint, save on gas money, and stay active. E-bikes come in many models and price ranges, so finding the right one for your needs requires research. BBB recommends the tips in this episode to help you pick the right e-bike. A Big Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair in Santa Barbara for Sponsoring this Podcast!

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Airline travel is back in full swing, but scammers are taking advantage of increased flight cancellations with a new con. BBB Scam Tracker has received multiple reports of scammers creating fake airline ticket booking sites or customer service numbers to charge travelers for rescheduling fake flights. If you are buying airfare, use caution and double-check the URL or phone number before providing your credit t information.  A BIG thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair in Santa Barbara for sponsoring this podcast.

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If your driveway needs paving or repairs, don’t trust just anyone to do the job. BBB Scam Tracker has numerous reports of unscrupulous contractors who trick homeowners with supposedly good deals. Homeowners end up with shoddy pavement -- or nothing at all -- to show for what they paid and, in some cases, have lost over $8,000 in the process. In this episode you'll learn how the scam works and how to avoid it. A BIG thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair in Santa Barbara for sponsoring this podcast!

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Online shopping is growing, which means online returns are increasing, too. However, policies and processes vary from store to store. Figuring out how to get your item back to the seller and your refund in the bank isn’t always easy. To make the process as smooth as possible, BBB recommends tips for returning online merchandise. A BIG thank you to Ayers Automotive Repairs in Santa Barbara for sponsoring this podcast.

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With the rising prices of gas and seemingly everything else, restaurants, travel companies, rideshares, and other businesses are tacking on new fees to the basic costs of their services. Businesses are feeling inflation impacts just as the rest of us are, and some are adding fees to help them survive. Consumers should be aware of what fees businesses are adding, so they can make informed decisions on where to spend their money. These hidden fees might not be evident at first glance, so if you want to avoid paying them, or at the very least plan for them in your budget, there are a few things...

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Buying and selling a home is a major decision, so be sure to choose a real estate agent who will guide you through the process. Look for an agent or broker who is experienced, knowledgeable about your housing market, and always acts in your best interest. Listen to the tips in this episode as a guide. A BIG thank you to Ayers Automotive Repairs for sponsoring this podcast.

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Your Moment of Trust! Inflation is higher than it has been since the 1980s in both the United States and Canada. With prices rising on everything from gas to groceries to housing costs, how can you buy what you need and still stay on budget? Inflation is impacting every household. The same amount of money buys less than it did just months ago, so paychecks don’t go as far. When price hikes hit people who already have limited budgets, covering basic monthly expenses becomes difficult. Parents may find themselves having to choose between healthy meals and...

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From the BBB of the Tri-Counties:  Scammers are taking advantage of new deepfake technology to create videos so convincing that people hand over their money. This latest con looks like business magnate Elon Musk endorsing an investment plan, but the video is fake, and the investment is a scam.  A BIG thank you to Ayers Automotive Repairs in Santa Barbara for sponsoring Your Moment of Trust.  

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Your Moment of Trust from BBB of the Tri-Counties: If you’ve ever needed extra cash to tide you over to your next paycheck, you understand the appeal of a payday loan. Now, video ads on places like TikTok are promoting small, short-term loans to a new, young audience – and making them seem cheap and easy. However, just because it looks simple, doesn’t mean it is. Predatory payday lenders are using the platform to make dishonest claims promising instant cash with no credit checks, late fees, or interest rates. Many times, the advertisers are getting...

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June is National Homeownership Month, an opportunity for U.S. residents to reflect on the importance of the home and its role in their lives. With a median asking price of $225,500 for a home, becoming a homeowner takes dedication, patience and smart budgeting. For many first-time homebuyers, closing the deal on their purchase is a time of celebration and gratitude. While moving furniture and solidifying paperwork might seem like the biggest obstacle to enjoying their new home, it doesn’t take long before they find their first major home improvement project. In this episode, hear tips from...

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