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Consumer Alert: Scams in the wake of tragedy

Updated: 01/10/2013 - In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the shooting in Newtown, relief organizations are often collecting money to help people, but whenever there is a time of giving - there is a time of scamming. Here is what you need to know.

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WKYT Investigates: Deadly crash driver's history

Updated: 12/28/2012 - The driver police say is responsible for a deadly crash in Knox County had a lengthy criminal history, and some say he should have been off the road and behind bars.

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Reality Check: Military-style semiautomatic rifles

Posted: 12/27/2012 - Military-style semiautomatic rifles have been used in at least four high-profile shootings in the past year. A look at the guns, their history and why they're so popular.

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Consumer Alert: House flipping ponzi scheme

Updated: 12/26/2012 - He promised investors big returns in a house flipping business, but instead, ran a ponzi scheme that bilked more than170 people out of millions. In this case, people trusted a former police officer.

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Consumer Alert: Investment scam targets elderly

Updated: 12/19/2012 - A story that proves the age-old adage-some people just aren't who they appear to be. This is the story of deception led to millions of dollars lost and dozens of lives ruined.

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Consumer Alert: Investors scammed with ponzi scheme

Updated: 12/05/2012 - The president of an investment firm is behind bars after lying to investors, and stealing nearly eight million dollars. We have some important information for all of you, on how to avoid getting caught up in a ponzi scheme.

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Consumer Alert: Scam targets small business owners

Updated: 11/23/2012 - A warning to small business owners. If you're not paying attention to the bills you receive, you could fall victim to a popular scam. The end result is a hit to your bottom line and a jackpot for the scam artist.

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Consumer Alert: Debt collection scheme steals millions

Updated: 11/15/2012 - In this uncertain economy, millions of Americans are deep in debt. Some of them have been contacted by collections agencies. While those calls can be unpleasant, more importantly, they can be a scam.

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Consumer Alert: NBA player convicted in scam

Updated: 11/23/2012 - It's a stunning fall for a one- time sports hero. While he may have played on some of basketball's biggest stages, these days he is behind bars.

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Consumer Alert: Locksmith price gouging scheme

Updated: 11/01/2012 - The next time you need a locksmith, keep this story in mind. Some con men have turned the locksmith business into a get-rich-quick scam at your expense. As we found, customers have been duped all over the country.

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Consumer Alert: Stopping child predators, protecting kids while online

Updated: 10/25/2012 - A reason why you should monitor your child's time on the internet very closely. An undercover investigation by US Postal Inspectors nabbed dozens of child predators trolling the web for children and sex. Here are some tips on how to protect your children.

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Reality Check: The final presidential debate

Updated: 10/24/2012 - President Barack Obama sharply challenged Mitt Romney on foreign policy in their final campaign debate Monday night, accusing him of "wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map." The Republican coolly responded, "Attacking me is not an agenda" for dealing with a dangerous world.

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