Whether it’s Arizona's housing market, car buying tips, cheap family vacations, how to avoid scams, or just saving money, Gary Harper, Susan Campbell, and the Arizona’s Family On Your Side team are here to make you a more savvy consumer.
Higher Interest Rates Leading to Spike in Online Loan Scams
Higher prices are affecting just about everything we buy, including housing and transportation. The Feds recently raised interest rates to slow down borrowing which will hopefully bring down prices for consumers.
And that makes the perfect opportunity for scammers to take advantage of you. So today, we're talking to Zulfikar Ramzan. He's the Chief Scientist at Aura which is an online security company that helps prevent consumers from being scammed online. He tells us his company has seen a dramatic uptick in loan and interest rate scams tied to inflation. He'll also tell us how the scams work and what you need to look out for to keep from getting ripped off.
Inside A Scammer’s “Bible” To Ripping Off Victims
How would like to get into the mind of a scammer? You can.
A Nigerian conman has flipped sides and is sharing many of his untold secrets with David McClellan of Social Catfish, a website dedicated at preventing romance scams. The scammer exposes all the do’s and don’ts of using the “Romance Scam” in order to dupe lonely women. All the details are in a manual referred to as a “Scammer’s Bible” to ripping off victims.
McClellan tells On Your Side how exactly what’s in the manual so victims know what to look out for.
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The Reason Spam Texts Are Increasing
Robocalls are becoming less of a threat to consumers. And the dreaded rings from unknown numbers are dropping.
But according to a new report, the number of robot texts flooding phones is skyrocketing. So, today, we’re talking with Teresa Murray. She is a consumer watchdog for Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, and she helps On Your Side break down whether recent laws to crack down on robo callers and now text scams are working. We also talk about how to protect yourself from scammers who hide behind phone calls and text messages.
Overcoming Travel Frustrations
The pandemic crushed the airline industry and prevented many travelers from flying. But it seems that has all changed. A new report indicates a lot more people are flying and even driving to destinations. However, travelers say they are frustrated with airlines, with 80 percent of passengers saying they've had a recent negative experience.
On this episode we're talking to Tim Rossman. He's an industry analyst with Bankrate.Com, and his new report reveals some stunning numbers when it comes to how many people are traveling these days and what affect it's having if you're trying to get somewhere.
Consumers and Small Claims Court
Have you ever been ripped off by someone and were so mad you wanted to take them to small claims court? It happens all the time, and many people decide not to go through with it because they don't know how the process works. But going through the court process is easier than you think.
That's why we're talking to the Honorable Gerald Williams. He serves as Justice of the Peace for one of Maricopa County's precincts. He'll break down all the do's and don’ts of filing a small case lawsuit and offer helpful tips to get your case heard.
Fourth of July Food Prices
The United States will be turning 246 years old on July 4th. To celebrate, many of you out there will probably have some kind of get-together that will no doubt involve food. But food prices on this 4th of July are up 11 percent. And depending on what you plan on cooking for the holiday will really affect your wallet.
So today, we're talking to Karol Flynn. She's the Food and Agribusiness Industry Advisor for Wells Fargo. She tells us what 4th of July food items you might want to avoid due to their sharp increase in price and what other items you might want to consider that won't break the bank for your holiday party. Spoiler alert: Shrimp is cheap!!
Very awesome podcast & stories
I admire how 3 on your side is and let’s people know. I would love to help the people that are down on their luck or have been scammed. Trust me wife and I have been in that situation.
Awesome thanks Gary you are amazing 🤩
I love watching you on 3TV now I’m able to listen 🎧 on your podcasts 😍🥰