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Beware! City of Fort Worth Warns of Scam Callers Demanding Money For Fake Warrants

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The Fort Worth Municipal Court warns of a scam involving phone calls to residents asking for money for unsettled warrants.

The calls are not from Municipal Court officers, who do not call residents to collect payments. Anyone receiving such a bogus call should contact the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-335-4222.

Here’s how the scam works: Phone calls are made to residents from supposed “marshals” who say that arrests will be made if money isn’t immediately sent via Western Union. The requested amounts range from $500-$2,000 per call.

Keep in mind that the Municipal Court does not call people at their residence to collect payment. Instead, letters are mailed to home addresses when a warrant demands attention.

Between 25 and 40 bogus phone calls have been reported in Fort Worth recently, many of them to elderly residents.

To check your warrant status, call the Warrants Office at 817-392-8665 or check online.

In the meantime, never send money to anyone without knowing for certain who you’re speaking to and what the payment is for.

P.S.  Consumers or small business owners victimized by a scam can also contact the Fort Worth Better Business Bureau or file a complaint at www.fwbbb.org. Always research with the BBB before you sign any contracts or hand over any money. 

 

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GREAT FIND — $5 to $12 Framable Art From Texas Artist, Nicole Jennings

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Nicole Joelle

Need a quick and inexpensive gift idea or want to add an encouraging word to your home? Here’s a wonderful way to do just thatpop over to Texas artist, Nicole Jennings’ Etsy shop (Nicole Joelle Prints), and take a look at her lovely, inspirational, and very affordable artwork.

  • For $12 you receive a downloadable art file with a collection of 4 framable 8 x 10 prints. For only $8 more ($20 total), she will have these professionally printed on high quality, 8.5×11 paper and mailed to you (learn more here). Each print has a small white border that you can trim to fit a standard 8×10 frame if you wish.
  • For $5, receive a downloadable art file that comes ready to print as a large 36 x 24 sized wall poster (print at your favorite quick print place…someplace like Kinko’s) or print as a smaller size on your home printer if you wish. These are also sized to fit in a standard wall frame.

There are lots of choices of wonderful, framable designs  — here are just a few of our favorites (so hard to choose):

:: See all of Nicole’s lovely designs here.

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FREE “Pumpkin Spice” Printable Art

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Ready to usher in fall and spruce up your mantle or home for the season? Here’s a great (and cheap!) way to do just thatprint out this wonderful Pumpkin Spice and Everything Niceartwork from creative blogger, Yellow Bliss Road.  There are 2 versions of this framable design that can be printed on standard letter paper and then trimmed to fit a standard 8×10 or 5×7 picture frame (or use the design to make festive note cards) — perfect!

:: Download your FREE Pumpkin Spice printable here.

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$10 OFF Black & Decker Tools — Father’s Day Deal

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Get $10 OFF a $50 purchase of select Black and Decker power tools at Amazon, now through June 21st. Many of the tools are already discounted over 50% OFF (plus you’ll qualify for FREE shipping if the item is over $35), so this is a really great sale!  Go here to learn more.

Secret Sauce Buying Tip: Do note, that you won’t see the extra $10 discount subtracted from the selling price until you checkout and get to the final “Review Your Order”/Order Summary confirmation page. This is the last page you’ll see after you input your payment info — right before you actually approve the order to be placed.  It will look something like this.  Also, the items need to come from Amazon, not a 3rd party seller for the deal to work.

:: Go here to get this deal.

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2015 TEXAS TAX-FREE HOLIDAY for Energy Star Appliances, Lightbulbs, Ceiling Fans & More — Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25

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Please pass this along to anyone you know who might be in the market for appliances, ceiling fans, or other Energy Star qualifying products (this can save them a bundle!)…

       

This Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25), Texas shoppers will again receive a break from paying sales tax on purchases of many energy-efficient products like fluorescent lightbulbs, ceiling fans, and energy-star home appliances — even energy-star rated college-dorm / compact-sized refrigerators qualify! This is an excellent way to get extra savings on any of the qualifying items, plus save on future energy costs too.

The energy-star products qualifying in 2015’s tax-free weekend include:

  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Energy Star Labeled Programmable thermostats
  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less

The 2015 sales tax holiday begins on Saturday, May 23, and ends on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day Weekend).

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Qualifying products will need to display the ENERGY STAR logo which may appear on the appliance, the packaging or the Energy Guide label. The discount can also apply to delivery and installation fees and  there is no limit to the number of qualifying items one can purchase during this sales tax holiday.

:: To find out more, go to the Texas comptroller’s site, here.

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15 Tips to Avoid Storm Damage Repair Scams and Other Rip-Offs

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Last week’s storms wreaked havoc on much of North Texas, leaving damage and destruction of vehicles, homes, property, and more. To avoid another disaster at the hands of scam artists, be sure to use caution with these useful tips from Fort Worth’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the FTC:

Avoid Home Contractor and Repair Scams

  1. Check with your insurance company first to determine your home and repair coverage and filing requirements; keep their contact information handy.
  2. Be leery of door-to-door workers or telephone solicitors who offer home repairs, inspections, heating/cooling services, or speedy insurance processing.
  3. Shop around for contractors. You may need to make temporary repairs, but permanent repairs made by a contractor should be the result of multiple work bids and contractor research.
    Require written bids that clearly identify the project’s materials, associated costs, labor charges, as well as the timing of work including the beginning and expected completion dates.
    • Be sure that the bids are comparable.
    • Do not pay in advance for any work and do not pay in cash.
    • Get references from the contractor’s past customers.
    • Check out the contractor’s history with the BBB and relevant trade association(s). Always research a business with the BBB before you sign any contracts.
  4. Require copies of all contractor licenses, permits and liability insurance prior to any work commencing.
  5. When work is complete, be sure to get a notarized statement that all sub-contractors have been paid in full to avoid a contractors lien on your property.
  6. If you have an HVAC repair, allow heating/cooling units to be cleaned out and dried before determining what, if any repairs are actually needed.

Steer Clear of Vehicle Damage Scams

  1. Similar to home repairs, shop around for a quality vehicle repair service. 
    • Require written bids that clearly show the repair parts, associated costs, mechanic labor charges, as well as the timing of work including the beginning and expected completion dates.
    • Do not pay in advance for any work and do not pay in cash.
    • Get references from past customers.
    • Check out auto mechanic’s history with the BBB or business review sites like Yelp.
  2. If you are shopping for a used vehicle, look for signs of flood or hail damage like rust, mud, watermarks, discolored upholstery, mismatching carpet or a musty odor.
  3. Request a vehicle report based on the VIN to check for past reported auto damage of any kind.

Protect Yourself From Charity & Financial Solicitation Scams
Take the following precautions to make sure your donation benefits the people and organizations you want to help.

  1. Ask for detailed information about the charity, including name, address, and telephone number.
  2. Get the exact name of the organization and do some research. Searching the name of the organization online — especially with the word “complaint(s)” or “scam”— is one way to learn about its reputation.
  3. Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. The organization’s development staff should be able to help you.
  4. Find out if the charity is trustworthy by contacting the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving AllianceCharity NavigatorCharity Watch, or GuideStar.
  5. Ask if the caller is a paid fundraising company. If so, ask the name of the charity they represent, the percentage of your donation that will go to the charity, how much will go to the actual cause to which you’re donating, and how much will go to the fundraising company.
  6. Learn the basic signs of a Charity scam and more ways to protect yourself at the FTC’s helpful online guide.

Help stay clear of all scams by using the free resources at the Better Business Bureau.  Be sure to check out all businesses and charities online or by phone (800)-621-8566.

If you find yourself a victim of poor workmanship or a scam artist, immediately contact the BBB to try to recover your investment or alert others about the business or individual(s) involved. Consumers or small business owners victimized by a scam can learn more or file a complaint at fwbbb.org.

 

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TODAY ONLY: Save Over 60% on Norton Security ($29.99 For 5 Devices)

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TODAY ONLY: Amazon has a special daily deal offer ~ get Norton Security for $29.99 and protect up to 5 Devices including PCs, Macs, Smartphones and tablets  (retail is $79.99).  Norton Security gives you the their most comprehensive protection for the many ways you connect online. Along with proactive web and privacy protection, Norton Security even includes a special feature that helps you easily locate lost or stolen smartphones and tablets.

:: Go here to get Norton Security for $29.99 ~ price valid today only.  

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