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Read this before you cancel your Greek vacation

Like many other Americans, Lindsey Imus wants to know if it’s safe to visit Greece.
While there’s no need to call off your vacation just yet, there are some important steps travelers can take to stay safe.
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Should you ever link your bank account to an app?

Consumers routinely share their online banking passwords with third-party apps that help with everything from budgeting to tax preparation. Apparently, banks would like this to stop.
Linking your bank account to you tax preparation software or your money management software puts your account at risk of hacking and fraud.
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Funny cell phone math on my trip to St. Maarten

Karen Daukantas-Jones takes her Verizon phone to St. Maarten. But it doesn’t travel well, and now they’ve charged her an extra $81. Find out what happens next.
Karen Daukantas-Jones takes her Verizon cell phones to St. Maarten. But it doesn’t travel well, and now they’ve charged her an extra $81. Find out what happens next.
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Hey Delta Air Lines, who took my laptop computer?

When David Peterson recently flew on Delta Air Lines from Madison, Wis., to New York, he had an OJ Simpson moment.
When David Peterson recently flew on Delta Air Lines from Madison, Wis., to New York, he had an OJ Simpson moment.
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7 ways to avoid a painful dentist bill

A trip to the dentist can result in a big bill you hadn’t budgeted for. Or maybe things have been so tight that after you’ve paid other bills, dental care doesn’t even make the list. While cleanings, check-ups and X-rays have fairly predictable costs, any problems detected may result in significant bills.
A trip to the dentist can be painful, both to your mouth and your budget, but there are things you can do to minimize the cost.
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Is this "2015 Explorer Giveaway" a scam?

Every summer, the scammers come out of the woodwork like cockroaches. And every summer, a few trusting consumers fall for their tricks. Don’t be one of them.
Every summer, the scammers come out of the woodwork like cockroaches, and every summer, a few trusting consumers fall for their tricks. Don’t be one of them.
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T-Mobile offers a new phone (almost) any time you want

Not digging the new smartphone you just got? No biggie. Just get a new one. Easier said than done, right? Not if you have T-Mobile.
Not digging the new smartphone you just got? No biggie. Just get a new one. Easier said than done, right? Not if you have T-Mobile.
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Botched boot order leads to better service

Kate Joyce's boots were not meant for walking.

Her online retailer, Ariat, misfired on her order for new cowboy boots — and not just once, but several times. Ouch.
Kate Joyce's boots were not meant for walking.
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The rights of the many versus the rights of the few: Anti-vax edition

Vaccination supporters got a shot in the arm this week when California signed into law a mandate that school children be fully inoculated despite parents’ personal or religious beliefs.
Vaccination supporters got a shot in the arm this week when California signed into law a mandate that school children be fully inoculated despite parents’ personal or religious beliefs.
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Amazon deploys new weapon in war on phony reviews

Amazon is escalating its fight against phony product reviews by unleashing a weapon loaded with artificial intelligence.
Amazon is escalating its fight against phony product reviews by unleashing a weapon loaded with artificial intelligence.
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This loophole lets debt collectors come after you again

It’s a tricky practice from inside an industry that often mystifies consumers. Consumer groups have called it “debt laundering.” Debt collectors call it “withdrawal.” The strategy is simple, but troubling: If at first you don’t succeed at collecting on a debt, try, try again – by sending it to a different collector.
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Airlines to government: "Fees" leave us alone!

Nothing to see here, folks, said the airline industry at last week's Advisory Committee for Consumer Protection at the Department of Transportation (DOT). Let's move on. No caps needed on fees.
Nothing to see here, folks, said the airline industry at last week's Advisory Committee for Consumer Protection at the Department of Transportation (DOT). Let's move on. No caps needed on fees.
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