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First you win, then you lose

Prize, sweepstakes and international lottery scams This must be your lucky day!  Even though you didn’t enter any drawing, you’ve been notified that you won something big—perhaps cash or a prize.  All you have to do is pay some sort of processing or handling fee, advance taxes or entry fee, and it’s all yours. It’ll […]

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Hold the Line on Annoying Robocalls

How to respond to unwanted or illegal prerecorded robocalls If you signed up for the “do not call list,” then why hasn’t it stopped those annoying pre-recorded calls?  It’s a question that many Iowans ask as they complain about robocalls. Robocalls are recorded voices that often utilize autodialers to make large batches of calls simultaneously.  […]

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Avoiding door-to-door scams

Don’t let them in your house. While there are legitimate salespeople that still make door-to-door visits, consumers should be very cautious by not allowing any unexpected guests into their home. If someone comes to your door that you do not know, you should ask who it is through a closed door. If it’s a solicitor […]

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Removing data from computer hard drives, storage devices & wireless phones

While the word “delete” means “remove,” did you know that deleting files from your computer’s storage device doesn’t generally remove them? That’s important, because computer storage devices often store very sensitive data, such as passwords, financial information and personal files. If you’re selling, donating or disposing of a computer or data storage device, or you’re […]

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Unauthorized charges and too-good-to-be-true “free trial” offers

If you’ve ever discovered that someone billed your credit card account for something that you didn’t order, the bad news is that you may have a little work to do to clear it up, but the good news is that at least you checked your monthly statement and you caught the problem. The Fair Credit […]

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Use reputable contractors for home repairs and improvements

The foundation to a good home repair or home improvement project is a good contractor. While it’s important to plan for the project, it’s just as important to find a reputable contractor. Before you search for a contractor, write down the work you want done.  Be as thorough as possible, so a contractor is clear […]

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94.8% of front-seat car occupants in North Liberty wear seat belts, survey finds.

The North Liberty Police Department, as part of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau program, conducted a seat-belt usage survey of motorists traveling within the city limits. Front seat occupants were observed using seat belts at a rate of 94.8 percent. In 2012, statewide use was reported to be 92.38 percent. Properly used seat belts are […]

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Don’t touch that wire! Tips on avoiding money transfer scams

The stories are countless and convincing, but they all have something in common: a stranger or caller you think you know wants you to wire money through money transfer companies such as Western Union or MoneyGram.  These stories often end the same way: you lost the money you wired. Wiring money can be like leaving […]

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Scam and Burglary Information from the NLPD

Rip Offs and Disputes kg Although most activities encountered by the police can and do occur year round, once the weather turns warm the Police Dept. typically sees an increase in some activities. One of these activities is car burglaries. The Police Dept. encourages citizens to lock their car doors, roll windows up and avoid […]

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