How to Cut Your Cable Bill by up to $500 a Year
Are you annoyed by seeing how low cable or triple play prices are for new customers, but you are paying much more because your special ran out? You may be able to negotiate a lower price by calling your cable provider, competitor's ad in hand, and asking to speak to a retention specialist. Those are the folks that may bend over backwards to keep you as a customer if you threaten to switch to a competing carrier.
Don't Fall for a "Ransomware" Scam
Imagine the fright if you saw a message on your computer saying that it has been locked by the FBI because you visited a pornography site and you now have to pay a fine. It is a scam. You can generally use Norton Power Eraser (free) or Malwarebytes to remove the bogus warning.
Beware Charges Crammed onto Your Cell Bill
For years, unscrupulous marketers have quietly tucked small charges for services you never ordered ("cramming") onto your landline phone bill. Now they are adding these inconspicuous charges onto your cell bill. The FCC is calling for new protections, including requiring phone companies to tell you how to block all such charges (the best remedy). Here also are tips on how to prevent cramming.
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Mouse Print* -- "Fake" Regular Prices Return to J.C. Penney
After J.C. Penney's just-ousted CEO got rid of phony sales and discounts off of fake regular prices at the retail chain, sales plummeted. Now that he is gone, it looks like inflated regular prices are making a comeback so they can be deeply "discounted" again. We show you actual examples of how their regular prices have just jumped up, in some cases by hundreds of dollars.
That story is this week in Mouse Print*.
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