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Online auction scams: Scammers set their sights on sellers

Don't get scammed in an online auctionPayPal appeals to many consumers by offering a safe, hassle-free way to purchase items online without handing over personal information, such as credit card numbers, to merchants. Unfortunately, enterprising scammers are impersonating PayPal to take advantage of that trust and swindle unwary online sellers.

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Avoid Fake Check Scams: Five things you should know

Don't fall for fake check scamsYou've won millions in a lottery, or you've been offered a job as a "mystery shopper." Great news, right? All you have to do is deposit the checks or money orders you’ll receive and send the money somewhere, minus your “pay.” Is this your lucky day? NO! It’s a fake check scam that will cost you thousands unless you know the danger signs.

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Meet Bonnie Baker, LifeSmarts Coach of Year

Bonnie Baker, 2011 LifeSmarts Coach of YearThis year’s LifeSmarts National Championship event in Los Angeles was a great success! With 33 teams representing states from all over the country, four days of intense competition, and a nail-biting final match-up, the event had a great many highlights and special moments. But one of the most touching scenes was when Bonnie Baker, assistant coach from Missouri, was named 2011 LifeSmarts Coach of the Year.

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