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Living Right: Avoid Being Scammed, Do Your Own Research

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2.4 million Americans paid money, made a purchase, or attended sales presentations for promised prizes but never received any.

Prize promotions is marketplace.org's #2 fraud United States consumers fall for.   

Another popular fraud people fall for is credit repair scams. 

1.7 million Americans paid someone who promised to help remove negative information from their credit report and it turned out to be a scam. 

To play it safe, always do your own research.

Sara Simnitch has more scams every consumer should be aware of.
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