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Propane Price Gouging

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The Santa Fe New Mexican ran an article by Bob Quick 11/17/08 titled:
‘Cheaper gas, propane bring relief to struggling households’

An excerpt from the article reads: “The price of propane, which closely tracks the price of crude oil, also is down this heating season, falling from $2.69 per gallon to $2.24 per gallon in the last three weeks,
according to Jose Garcia, one of the managers of AAA Gas Service, a propane company.”

I have been curious why propane hasn’t gone down much in Angel Fire. I telephoned a propane provider in Las Vegas NM and their price is $1.99, but they don’t service Angel Fire. So if propane is $2.24 in Santa Fe and $1.99 in Las Vegas, why is propane in Angel Fire $2.44 – $2.99?

A couple months ago, there was a man in Taos who would daily stand at the corner of Hwy 58...

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P2P File-Sharing

Peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing allows users to share files online through an informal network of computers running the same software. File-sharing can give you access to a wealth of information, but it also has a number of risks. You could download copyright-protected material, pornography, or viruses without meaning to. Or you could mistakenly allow other people to copy files you don’t mean to share.

If you’re considering P2P file-sharing:

  • Install file-sharing software carefully, so that you know what’s being shared.  Changes you make to the default settings of the “save” or “shared” folder might cause you to share folders and subfolders you don’t want to share...
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FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE FTC

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Once you’ve filled out, submitted, and printed the FTC’s ID Theft Complaint Form, if you haven’t already filed a police report, you should go to your local police station with a copy of the Complaint Form. You should also continue to take the other steps that victims of ID theft should follow.

What should I bring with me when I go to the police?
When you go to your local police department to file a report, there are several documents that you should bring:

  • A printed copy of your ID Theft Complaint Form;
  • The Law Enforcement Cover Letter;
  • A government-issued identification document, preferably with a photo;
  • Proof of residency (something that shows your address), such as a copy of your phone or utilities bill, your rental agreement, or your payroll stub...
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VoIP: Voice over Internet Protocol

Voice over Internet Protocol — VoIP — is a new way to make and receive telephone calls using a broadband Internet connection rather than a regular phone line. A VoIP service may offer unlimited local and long distance calls for a fixed price, as well as features like integrated calls and email, and access to your phone line from many locations. Keep in mind:

  • Some services allow you to use a traditional telephone through an adaptor, but others work only over your computer or a special VoIP phone.
  • Costs include a monthly calling plan as well as a monthly bill for your broadband service.
  • VoIP services don’t have the same access to some services — including the 911 emergency system and directory assistance — as traditional telephone service.
  • If you lose your Internet connecti...
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RESOLVING SPECIFFIC IDENTITY THEFT PROBLEMS

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While dealing with problems resulting from identity theft can be time-consuming and frustrating, most victims can resolve their cases by being assertive, organized, and knowledgeable about their legal rights. Some laws require you to notify companies within specific time periods. Don’t delay in contacting any companies to deal with these problems, and ask for supervisors if you need more help than you’re getting.

Bank Accounts and Fraudulent Withdrawals

  • Fraudulent Electronic Withdrawals
  • Fraudulent Checks and Other “Paper” Transactions
  • Fraudulent New Accounts

Bankruptcy Fraud

Correcting Fraudulent Information in Credit Reports

  • Consumer Reporting Company Obligations
  • Information Provider Obligations

Credit Cards
Criminal Violations
Debt Collectors
Driver’s License
Investment Fraud
Mail Th...

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Cross-Border Scams

If you’re using the Internet:

  • Know who you’re dealing with. In any electronic transaction, independently confirm the other party’s name, street address, and telephone number.
  • Resist the urge to enter foreign lotteries. These solicitations are phony and illegal.
  • Delete requests that claim to be from foreign nationals asking you to help transfer their money through your bank account. They’re fraudulent.
  • Ignore unsolicited emails that request your money, credit card or account numbers, or other personal information.
  • If you are selling something over the Internet, don’t accept a potential buyer’s offer to send you a check for more than the purchase price, no matter how tempting the plea or convincing the story. End the transaction immediately if someone insists that you wire back funds.

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TOOLS FOR VICTOMS

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While dealing with problems resulting from identity theft can be time-consuming and frustrating, most victims can resolve their cases by being assertive, organized, and knowledgeable about their legal rights.  These tools are designed to assist you in resolving disputes related to identity theft and in asserting your legal rights.

ID Theft Complaint Form: 
The FTC is the federal clearinghouse for identity theft complaints. The complaints we receive from victims are available to other federal, state and local law enforcement officials nationwide.  The standardized printed ID Theft Complaint can be used in conjunction with a police report to create an Identity Theft Report that will help victims recover more quickly.
Specifically, an Identity Theft Report can be used to permanently block...

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INVESTING WISELY ONLINE

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The Internet allows investors to access account information 24/7, initiate securities transactions from virtually anywhere, and quickly and inexpensively research investment opportunities.  But the Internet is not fail-safe.  To invest wisely online:

  • Protect your passwords for your online investment accounts.  Keep passwords in a secure place, and don’t share them on the Internet, over email, or on the phone.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a firewall, and keep them up-to-date. If your firewall was shipped in the “off” mode, be sure to turn it on and set it up properly.
  • Avoid using public or other shared computers to access your financial accounts online, and use extra caution when using your own computer in a wireless “hot spot.”
  • Don’t believe everything you read i...
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Laptop Security

Thinking of taking your laptop on the road? It’s a great way to work and stay in touch when you’re out and about, but you need to take some steps to keep your laptop safe–and in your possession. Here are some things you can do to keep track of your laptop:

  • Treat it like cash.
  • Get it out of the car…don’t ever leave it behind.
  • Keep it locked…use a security cable.
  • Keep it off the floor…or at least between your feet.
  • Keep passwords separate…not near the laptop or case.
  • Don’t leave it “for just a sec”…no matter where you are.
  • Pay attention in airports…especially at security.
  • Use bells and whistles…if you’ve got an alarm, turn it on.

Keeping Laptops From Getting Lost or Stolen

A laptop computer defines convenience and mobility...

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