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Developments afoot in the Ticketmaster-LiveNation merger

What will this mean for consumers?New developments in the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. In late January, the Department of Justice reached a settlement in its investigation of the proposed Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger, a deal that advocates have worried will mean an even worse situation for consumers of live entertainment. Since then, there have been a number of developments that will affect concertgoers.

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Going once, going twice ... scammed!

For more than a decade, online auctions have been one of the top-reported frauds to NCL’s Fraud Center. Both buyers and sellers can benefit from online auctions; many people make their living selling items online, and millions of consumers have had positive experiences making purchases. But there are many risks as well, and both buyers and sellers can take steps to avoid becoming a Fraud Center statistic.

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Phishing scams: Don't take the bait!

“Phishing” is when identity thieves try to trick you into providing your personal information by pretending to be someone they’re not. A phishing scam involves sending spam or pop-up messages to lure credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords, or other sensitive information from Internet users.

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