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Consumer Telephone con artists target seniors Telephone con artists target seniors
As we get older we tend to become more vulnerable to fraud. Con artist know this, which is why they often target seniors.

"A lot of these folks are isolated and lonely and this is the only person calling." said Doug Shadel with AARP Washington.
Consumer Tips for picking a good tax preparer Tips for picking a good tax preparer
Tax season has started and you need someone to do your return. Take the time to make the right choice. You want to make sure that company or individual is qualified to do your taxes.
Consumer Mannequins get a makeover to look more real Mannequins get a makeover to look more real (Photo Gallery)
The one-size-fits-all mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover. Stores are using more realistic versions of the usually tall, svelte, faceless mannequins in windows and aisles. It's part of retailers' efforts to make them look more like the women who wear their clothes.
Consumer Poll: Credit card data breaches not changing people's habits Poll: Credit card data breaches not changing people's habits
American shoppers say they are very concerned about the safety of their personal information following a massive security breach at Target, but many aren't taking steps to ensure their data is more secure, says a new Associated Press--GfK Poll.
Consumer Super Bowl collectibles as investment -- tricky business Super Bowl collectibles as investment -- tricky business (Video)
A super bowl win will really spike the value of many of the players. And when a player's value goes up, so can the value of many items connected to that player's name. But when you start talking about sports collectibles, be careful. Sports memorabilia as an investment is tricky business- regardless of the sport.
Consumer Roto Punch: Does it work? Roto Punch: Does it work? (Video)
The promoters spend a lot of time marveling about how well Roto Punch adds holes "instantly" to items such as belts, purse straps and pet collars. They make it look like a snap. But when I tried it, punching a new hole in a thick leather belt was no where near as "instant" as in the commercial.
Consumer 'One Ring' scam: new variation on old phone trick 'One Ring' scam: new variation on old phone trick (Video)
Heads-up cell phone users. Scammers have cooked up yet another phone scam to try to rip you off. It's not a robocall. It's not a sales pitch. In fact, with this scam when the phone rings, there's no one on the line.
Consumer Turbo Snake: Does it work? Turbo Snake: Does it work? (Video)
The Turbo Snake is a flexible, coated wire with a velcro-like tip that's supposed to grab all the hair- and whatever else is causing the clog in your bathroom drain. For about $6, you get 2 snakes- one for the bathroom sink, and one for the shower and tub. The commercial says: "Simply slide the Turbo Snake down the drain, then just give it a twirl, and the Turbo Snake grabs the clog and frees the drain. It's that easy!"
Consumer Wearable technology is a big trend for 2014 Wearable technology is a big trend for 2014 (Video)
The big Consumer Electronics Show opened this week in Las Vegas with hot new tablets, giant televisions, and all sorts of gadgets that claim to make your life better. A lot of the big buzz this year is about electronics you can wear. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, consumer interested in wearable technology is expected to quadruple in 2014.