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Tips to Selling Used Items Online

Your Moment of Trust

Release Date: 01/05/2022

Be Prepared Before Shopping for a Home show art Be Prepared Before Shopping for a Home

Your Moment of Trust

This year’s housing market is competitive. Prices are up, and houses are selling fast. If you are looking to buy a new home, you need to be prepared. Prospective buyers can make their offer more competitive by getting preapproved for financing before even bidding on a house. This lets sellers know that a buyer is serious and provides reassurance that the sale will close without issues. That means many prospective home buyers are shopping for a mortgage lender before finding the right home. To get the best deal, be sure to compare all the costs and understand how mortgages work. Fortunately,...

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Online Shopping Scams--Baby Formula & More! show art Online Shopping Scams--Baby Formula & More!

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Your Moment of Trust! Shortages in the supply of baby formula are leading new moms to find other ways of finding the much-needed item--and risking themselves to potential online scams. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is taking proactive measures to increase supply to help ease the shortage. According to the 2021 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report, online shopping scams are the riskiest. With the current supply issues on many items, including formula, scammers are watching.   How it works: An ad, post, or social media group posts they...

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Managing Passwords so you Don't get Hacked! show art Managing Passwords so you Don't get Hacked!

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Securing today's online environment goes beyond thinking about the Wi-Fi router at home - and it all starts with a password. Passwords should be different for every account that lives online, is in the cloud, or is attached to something that retains personal or financial information. Think about the last time any of your online account passwords were changed. If they are all the same or a similar variation of the same password, if they are too easy to guess, or if they are forgotten or compromised - change them. According to the Federal Trade Commission, people don’t need to change their...

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What you Should Know About Asbestos if you Live in an Older Home show art What you Should Know About Asbestos if you Live in an Older Home

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From BBB of the Tri-Counties:  Asbestos fibers can cause serious health problems when inhaled. Even brief exposure has been known to cause me sothelioma. Ifyou live in an older home, you could be at risk. Asbestos repair or removal may be necessary to protect you and your family’s health.  Here’s what you need to know should you suspect your home has an asbestos problem. A BIG thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for sponsoring Your Moment of Trust

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How to Know your Cleaning Products are Safe show art How to Know your Cleaning Products are Safe

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Your Moment of Trust, from BBB of the Tri-Counties: Using green cleaning products in your home can reduce toxins, such as volatile organic compounds that are bad for your health and the environment. Green cleaners are more popular than ever, which means shoppers have plenty of choices. But navigating the seals, certifications, and marketing claims can be confusing. Here are tips for choosing cleaning products that are effective and safe for you and the environment. A BIG thank you Ayers Automotive Repairs in Santa Barbara for sponsoring this podcast.

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Text Says you Won a Free Gift--Don't Buy it ! show art Text Says you Won a Free Gift--Don't Buy it !

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In the past few weeks, BBB Scam Tracker has received numerous reports of a text message scam that attempts to trick people with the promise of a “free gift.” How the scam works: You receive a text message that says something like this: “Your bill is paid for March. Thanks, here’s a little gift for you.” This message is followed by a link to an unfamiliar website. The text doesn’t specify what bill you paid, what company the message is coming from, or what the total amount was. Even more disturbing, the message may be a group text sent to a dozen or more other people, none of whom...

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Tips for Gardening & Landscaping show art Tips for Gardening & Landscaping

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Gardening season is finally here! You may be envisioning all the herbs, flowers, and vegetables you’ll harvest at the end of the season. But you’ll need to put in hard work – not to mention money – to make your dream garden a reality. In this episode, BBB of the Tri-Counties gives tips to make a success of your garden and stay on budget. A BIG thank you Ayers Automotive Repairs in Santa Barbara, for sponsoring this podcast!

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The Pros & Cons of Home Improvement Projects show art The Pros & Cons of Home Improvement Projects

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Do-it-yourself is an attractive way to save money on home improvement projects. Home centers stay busy each spring with people looking to improve their home and yard. Whether you are remodeling your home, making needed repairs, or sprucing things up to put your house on the market, the following tips will help make your next home improvement project a success. This podcast is brought to you by BBB of the Tri-Counties and sponsored by Ayers Automotive Repairs in Santa Barbara.

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How to Spot Malicious Websites show art How to Spot Malicious Websites

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Scam websites often have very similar URLs and can look nearly identical to the real website. Watch out for red flags before entering your personal or payment information. Scammers are always creating new and improved lookalike websites to trick you out of your personal information and money. These websites may have a very similar URL or look nearly identical to the real website you are searching for, which means they can be hard to identify. Examples of this kind of scam include fake streaming service activation prompts, DMV impostors and fake postal service websites. Even BBB.org has been...

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Getting the Most Value from your Old Cell Phone show art Getting the Most Value from your Old Cell Phone

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In this episode BBB of the Tri-Counties gives advice for evaluating trade in offers and finding the best deal for your old phone. If you are shopping for a new cell phone, trading it in with your carrier is an easy and enticing option. You get rid of your old phone and receive a significant discount on the latest model. Sounds like a perfect solution! But carrier trade-ins aren’t your only option for getting value out of your old phone. There are many ways to get cash or gift cards for your much-loved old smartphone..as you'll hear in this episode. A BIG thank you to Ayers Automotive Repairs...

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The start of a new year is a great time to clean out your home and organize your living spaces. But what should you do with the gently used clothing, furniture, home items, or electronics that you aren’t using anymore? Fortunately, online marketplaces, such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Ebay and Poshmark, make it easy to sell without even leaving your home. That said, there are a few perils to selling used items online. In this episode of Your Moment of Trust, BBB of the Tri-Counties provides tips to help you avoid the dangers and to successfully make sales.  A BIG thank you to Ayers Repairs in Santa Barbara for sponsoring this podcast.