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College and high school students who hire “tutors” to complete their class assignments are finding themselves the victims of extortion cons. BBB Scam Tracker has gotten reports about scam tutors who make money by threatening to report cheating students.

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If you’re planning to retire in just a few years, you may be getting excited about this next phase of your life. However, your ability to enjoy retirement fully will depend, at least partially, on the resources you can draw from your investment portfolio. So, while you still have time to act…

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Use caution when hiring a home improvement contractor. Scams abound, especially following a major storm, flood, or other weather event when many homeowners are trying to repair their houses. But contractor scams can happen any time, so be wary of high-pressure sales tactics, up front fees, a…

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Kay Oney has spent her entire life in Marshall; growing up here, meeting her husband here, and now raising her family here. So when she decided to open up her own boutique, she couldn’t think of a better place to house her store than her hometown.

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During COVID-19, so many people adopted dogs that they emptied local shelters. If you are looking to rescue a furry friend, watch out for scams. Puppy scams are targeting people who want to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue, by impersonating real animal shelters or posing as individuals w…

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In the latest Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) report issued by the Federal Trade Commission, Texas ranks No. 12 in the nation for the most reported cases of identity theft per 100,000 residents. Nearly 135,000 Identity theft cases were documented with those aged 30-39 being the most heavily targeted group. More than $203 million in total fraud losses were reported. The most common type of identity theft reported was Government documents or benefits fraud. This aligns with BBB reports for 2020 where government/benefits fraud reports increased by nearly 3,000% over 2019 numbers.

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For parents of high school students, SAT scores are a huge deal. With college admissions and scholarships on the line, paying for tutors and test prep materials may be the worth the price. But watch out for con artists eager to take advantage of this. Scammers – with access to kids’ names an…

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If you’re in a blended family, you’re already aware of the emotional and financial issues involved in your daily life. But what about the future? When it’s time to do your estate planning – and it’s never too soon for that – you’ll need to be aware of the entanglements and complexities that …

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If you earn a lot of money, you may also pay a lot in taxes – a fact that’s particularly relevant now, as we are well into tax-filing season. At this point, there’s not a lot you can do to affect the outcome for the 2020 tax year, but if you want to change your tax outlook for the years ahea…

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Thieves typically get the personal information they need for fake unemployment claims by purchasing it online. One con artist told USA Today that he compiles lists of real people. Then, he pays $2 in cryptocurrency to match each name with a Social Security number and date of birth. This is o…

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If you own a business, you probably went through some dark days in 2020, given the coronavirus pandemic and its effects. And although better times may be on the horizon, things are still pretty challenging for business owners – which is why you may be interested in the recently passed legisl…

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In light of COVID-19, many entertainment venues have canceled or postponed performances and sporting events. The 2021 Super Bowl is happening, however, in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 7. The National Football League (NFL) has announced that about 22,000 fans can attend, with 7,500 of those being f…

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After being temporarily closed due to an ongoing investigation into foodborne illness claims, Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 2200 Victory Drive, is reopen for business. The restaurant was officially closed Jan. 15 for approximately five days.

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JEFFERSON — Despite the Krewe of Hebe’s 32nd annual Mardi Gras Upriver 2021 event being canceled and postponed until 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several Jefferson businesses are doing their best to make sure the good times still roll this Mardi Gras holiday.

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JEFFERSON — A Jefferson business owner has now added the title of author to her resume as she fulfills one of her lifelong dreams with the release this week of her published book, “She Rises for Tomorrow.”

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When you begin investing, you’ll generally assess your comfort with risk, as your investment choices will be guided at least partially by your risk tolerance. But once you actually experience the ups and downs of the market, this tolerance could be tested.