Friday, September 21, 2012

Protecting Yourself From Fraud

The cover article of October's Consumer Reports magazine deals with fraud and scams.  The Federal Trade Commission tracks fraud and identity-theft complaints, and notes that there were over 1.2 million complaints filed last year, up 800 percent from the year 2000.  The magazine lists 21 of the top scams and how to protect yourself from them.

Do you buy store brand items at the grocery store, or do you stick with the well-known brands?  Check out the "Store-brand taste-off" article, where 19 products are compared.

Have you considered buying a generator before the next big storm hits?  If so, check out the ratings for several portable and stationary generators.

The October issue also rates pasta (to go along with the pasta sauce ratings in the August issue), space heaters, lightbulbs, thermostats, and 7-8 inch tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy.

For those of us who missed the September issue of Consumer Reports, check out the cover article on vitamins and supplements which asks if they are really helpful.  Also included are ratings for desktop computers, streaming video services such as Netflix and Hulu, sliced turkey, and olive oil.  Or, if you're planning to remodel a bathroom in the near future, the ratings for countertops, flooring, sinks, and toilets might be helpful.

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2009 up to the current issue.  The Find It Virginia online databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009.  You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Library card.



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