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BBB: Billions Of Dollars Lost In Fake Check Scams

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The BBB has put out a warning about fake check scams. While consumers are writing fewer checks, fake check scams are spiking. Better Call Harry reports on one woman who was a target of that scam. 

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Better Call Harry: Inventory Your Possessions Before Disaster Strikes

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While North Georgia will escape the worst effects of Hurricane Florence, the storm is a reminder to homeowners to inventory your possessions.

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Better Call Harry: Homeowner fights with Google Maps

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Who gives directions anymore? You just text your address and anyone can find you. But a Google Maps search for a Stone Mountain woman’s address directed people to another street.

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Better Call Harry: AJC Papers Won’t Stop Coming

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The AJC delivers hundreds of thousands of unsolicited free papers every month.

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BETTER CALL HARRY: My dog ate my money order

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“The dog ate my homework” is one of the poorest excuses of all time. But what if it did?

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Better Call Harry: Roundabout confusion

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When viewers call Harry, they usually want help getting their money back. But a Roswell woman called Harry because she wants him to teach people how to drive.

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Avoid this company for a loan

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When you’re looking for a loan, you probably go online to check rates.

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Better Call Harry: What’s In My Pool?

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There’s nothing like jumping into a pool on a hot summer day.

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Better Call Harry: How to get a free credit freeze

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It's one year after the Equifax hack, and what's changed?

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Better Call Harry: Does my warranty cover that?

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What do you do when your fridge breaks, besides panic? If you’re like most people, you start calling repair companies.

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Better Call Harry: A pet owner’s plea, “Let me have my dog back, please!”

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An Athens woman whose dog wandered off last May believes she is being unjustly punished for her mistakes. 

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Better Call Harry: A really bad deal

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Better Call Harry receives more complaints about used car dealers than almost anything else. 

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Better Call Harry: Countertop Controversy

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A Suwanee homeowner pays a company $1700 to put in a couple of granite countertops in his man cave bar. 

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Free Bikini Or No Bikini

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An e-tailer with eye-catching social media pages had an offer of free bikinis if shoppers paid shipping and handling. But people complained about not getting the swimsuits. Better Call Harry has this report.

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Better Call Harry: $500-$650 Booting

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Getting a boot removed will likely cost you around $75. But what if a booting company wanted to charge you $500 or $650? 

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Better Call Harry: Widow Denied Refund

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A recently widowed woman has been trying to get a refund from a timeshare vacation package that was in her husband's name.

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BBB releases new study on prize scams, finds elderly most vulnerable

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The BBB has released a new study on sweepstakes, lottery and prize scams. Better Call Harry explains the techniques that scammers use, and what adult children need to tell their elderly parents. 

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Better Call Harry: Couple’s Year-And-A-Half Fight Over Forged Check

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Richard Adams didn’t think much of it when he wrote a check to pay for his Georgia Power bill, and then put it in his mailbox for pickup.

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Couple overcharged $1,500 for cruise upgrade

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An Atlanta couple who are longtime "cruisers" wanted to upgrade to a room with a view for their next trip. They were told it would be an extra $450, but it wound up being closer to $2,000.

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Man loses thousands to computer tech scam

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A Jefferson man logged on to his computer and got a pop-up message that it was infected. The victim tells his story to Better Call Harry to warn others about the scam.

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Neighbor Spoofing: How To Avoid The Sucker List

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The tactic is known as neighbor spoofing, and if you answer, your number could be put on a "sucker list" and sold to scammers. Better Call Harry tells you how to stay off that list.

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CONSUMER REPORTS

Getting ready for a road trip

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If you’re planning a road trip this summer,  there are some things you need to do before your getaway to protect yourself and save some money. 

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UPDATE: Better Call Harry comes to rescue of woman living without A/C in sweltering heat

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For weeks, Harry has been fighting to get a women a new air conditioning unit as temperatures inside the apartment shot up into the mid-80s. Now the apartment—and Harry—have cooled down.

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Teacher fights for sick days worth thousands of dollars

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A metro Atlanta teacher has been looking forward to an early retirement after 29 years. With time running out on her career, she decided she’d Better Call Harry. 

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Better Call Harry: Movie studio loses collector’s props

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A Woodstock collector jumped at the chance to have some of his props used in a period film shot by a local studio.

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Choosing the right summer camp

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Most Atlanta-area students start their summer vacation this week.

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Better Call Harry reaches IRS phone scammer

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It’s likely that you or someone you know received a call this tax season from a scammer claiming to be from the IRS. Better Call Harry got the number of one of these scammers, called him back and turned the tables on him.

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Time For Sunscreen: What You Need To Know About Brands and SPFs

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Temperatures are rising. If you’re spending more than just a few minutes outside, you need to apply sunscreen to ward off skin cancer or wrinkles. 

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Better Call Harry: Tenant's nightmare

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What happens when a maintenance man sets your apartment on fire, and management won’t make repairs? That was the dilemma faced by one young woman. With nowhere else to turn, the tenant decided she’d Better Call Harry. 

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Homeowner's quest to unsubscribe

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A Kennesaw man has been trying for more than a year to get the Evening Edge and the Buyer’s Edge papers stopped. He’s tried calling and calling the AJC without success. So he decided he’d Better Call Harry.

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Furniture Tip-over Dangers: New Testing From Consumer Reports

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Every 17 minutes someone is killed or injured in a furniture tip-over incident, and the victims are usually children.

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Appliance Repair: Don’t Call The First Site That Pops Up

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Need to get your refrigerator or dishwasher fixed? You’ll want to do a thorough search if you’re looking online. Better Call Harry has one victim’s story.

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Saluting the BBB's scam-fighting crusader

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Fred Elsberry, president and CEO of the BBB serving Metro Atlanta, just retired but before he starts a new chapter in his life, CBS46 grabbed him for a few final words of wisdom.

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CBS46 reporter is victim of check fraud

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Even smart consumers can be victims of fraud. 

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Man writes $14 check; Business duplicates it for $5,000

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Only about one in ten people still write paper checks according to the Federal Reserve.

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Planning a big wedding or any special event? Here’s what you must do first

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A Suwanee company is now closed, and there are warrants out for the arrest of the owner. Better Call Harry explains how to prevent that result from happening to you.

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Travel insurance offers peace of mind for that big trip

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The more expensive the trip you’re planning, the more important that you protect yourself. Better Call Harry gives you sites where you can comparison shop, in this Consumer Reports story. 

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Porting victim: I want my phone number back

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An Atlanta woman had her phone number stolen and ported, and then was having an impossible time getting the number back. That’s when she decided she’d Better Call Harry.

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Consumer Reports: Financial benefits of marriage

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You may be unaware of the financial benefits that come with marriage. They can include savings on taxes, health and car insurance, as well as a Social Security spousal benefit.  

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Consumer Reports: Contact lens wearers and eye infections

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The CDC reports that about eight in 10 contact lens wearers have at least one habit that increased their risk of eye infection.

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Filing Taxes: Should you use a preparer or CPA?

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If you have a simple tax return to file, you can use a tax preparer.

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Consumer Reports: Having a tough time getting in to see your doctor? Try this

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With so many patients being seen for the flu, it may be difficult to make an appointment with a primary care physician. But many doctors’ offices now take a team approach to healthcare. Better Call Harry has this Consumer Reports story.

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Better Call Harry: Western Union settlement filing deadline extended; meet one scam victim

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A North Georgia man wired $200,000 to foreign scammers. His wife learned about the Western Union settlement from a Better Call Harry report. Harry visited the couple as they try to get some of their money back.

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BBB: File your taxes before a scammer gets your refund

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Here’s a great reason not to wait until the April 17 deadline to file your taxes: If a scammer gets your Social Security number, he can file a return using your name and pocket your refund.

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2017 Best of Better Call Harry

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WATCH as the Harry Samler goes through the best of Better Call Harry!

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Consumer Reports: Lower the cost of your dental care

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Even if you don't have private insurance, you still have options to cover or lower the cost of dental care and treatment. Better Call Harry has this Consumer Reports story.

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Relieve money stress: Make a budget

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Are you receiving bills now for all those holiday presents you purchased? 

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BBB: Pet scam may have victimized tens of thousands of people

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The Better Business Bureau wants you to know about an international scam to sell pets online. There are no pets, but the BBB believes there may be tens of thousands of victims in the U.S. and around the world.

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Be sure that used car is not a flood-damaged car

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Hurricane Harvey damaged up to one million cars and trucks, according to industry estimates. Many of those cars are being repaired and some are already on used car lots, with more on the way. Better Call Harry has advice on how to tell if that car you're thinking about buying has been through a flood.

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One victim's disaster at The Masters

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Thinking about getting tickets to next year's Masters Tournament? You'll want to watch this story about a golf-loving couple who thought they were on their way to Augusta National, but were stopped long before the first hole. Better Call Harry has what you need to know before you order tickets for any big-name event.

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Homeowner overcharged thousands by The City of Atlanta tweets mayor for response

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Mayor Kasim Reed is still determining if he can give a full refund to an Edgewood homeowner for a billing error that dates back a decade.  The city overcharged the homeowner by nearly 4000 dollars.  So on Friday Better Call Harry helped April Lloyd set up a twitter account. 

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School teacher reprimands JCPenny over 2 dollar online dishwasher sale

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Debra Osborne got a phone call, "Hey! JCPenny is selling dishwashers for 2 dollars!"  Osborne thought it had to be a mistake, until she called the customer service line. "They said the offer was showing two dollars." Osborne ordered two GE Profile dishwashers.  

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Woman thanks Jesus, CBS46 and Better Call Harry for new refrigerator

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Yvonne Belser loves ice cream.  But for the last year she hasn't been able to enjoy it.  She bought a brand new refrigerator from Brandsmart and it's never worked properly.  Her freezer won't drop below 38 degrees.   

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Apartment complex tells tenant, 'You can stay, but your washer and dryer has to go!'

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Ricardo Rojas may have a good deal on for you on Craigslist. His washer and dryer are about a year and a half old. So why is he going to sell them? Because his apartment complex won't let him sign a new lease unless he removes them. 

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CBS46 viewers speak up for Atlanta woman overcharged thousands for garbage pickup

April Lloyd has always paid her annual City of Atlanta sanitation bill on time. She never questioned the amount, but she should have.  (Source: WGCL) April Lloyd has always paid her annual City of Atlanta sanitation bill on time. She never questioned the amount, but she should have. (Source: WGCL)
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One day after consumer investigative reporter Harry Samler reported a story about an Edgewood woman was double billed for garbage, viewers are calling in demanding that the overpayment be returned.

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    After a rainy spring, summer begins this week with the promise of heavy mosquito activity. Better Call Harry has Consumer Reports’ top-rated repellents.

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