MISSING MONEY?

 Consumers Corner # 15 You may have unclaimed cash waiting for you in Harrisburg  By Jim Murphy I always thought the unclaimed property newspaper and radio ads were a joke. But I was wrong. You really could be a winner. Just as Old Pine Community Center’s executive director April Thomas-Jones

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MEDICARE SAFEGUARD

 Consumers Corner # 14 MEDICARE CARDS TO GET NEW IDENTIFIERS  By Jim Murphy To reduce identity theft, Medicare is replacing Social Security numbers on Medicare cards with randomly generated numbers and uppercase letters. The new 11-character Medicare Beneficiary Identifier – or MBI – will start showing up on cards in

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GOING UP

 Consumers Corner # 13 Your credit score  may improve July 1  By Jim Murphy About 12 million people in the U.S. are expected to see increases in their credit scores as of July 1. The reason? Unless tax liens and civil debts include your name, address, Social Security number and/or

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NOTABLE NUMBERS

 Consumers Corner # 12 More statistics that can affect your vote, web surfing, even your travel By Jim Murphy 3 seconds  Website loading time before 40 percent of customers say they will abandon your site, says Kissmetrics.com. Most participants in the survey will wait 6-10 seconds before leaving.   11%  Amount Nordstrom retailer

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KEEPING SCORE

  Consumers Corner # 11 These big numbers can affect your life By Jim Murphy Here are some quick facts and figures that can make a big difference in your daily life. Read on, then let me know what you think. 27% That’s the percent of 45-to-65-year olds surveyed by ipsos/USA Today

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LIVING LONGER

Consumers’ Corner # 10 HOW HELPING OTHERS HELPS YOU, TOO! The magical benefits of volunteering By Jim Murphy If you feel there’s more to life than the way you are living it right now – you’re probably right. But here’s the good news. An easy way to get out of your

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ALARMING NEWS

Consumers’ Corner # 9 25% to 30% of home smoke detectors aren’t working  BY JIM MURPHY One of the easiest and best ways to protect your family against fire is to have smoke detectors in your home. Fortunately, 90% of homes in the US. now have at least one smoke

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AIRLINE AGGRAVATIONS

Consumers’ Corner # 8 New “basic economy” fare lowers cost and convenience BY JIM MURPHY Making airline reservations after March 1? Then be sure you understand the new “basic economy” fares Delta, United and American Airlines are offering. Otherwise, your trip could turn out to be a real bummer, one that’s

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CAR RENTAL RIPOFFS

Consumers’ Corner # 7 How to avoid costly car rental surprises By Jim Murphy If you’re planning a trip that involves renting a car, here’s something you should know: The windshield is the number one source of damage claims for rented cars, according to Christopher Elliot, a consumer advocate and

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SENIOR SAFETY …

CONSUMERS’ CORNER # 6   Older adults should be vaccinated too! By Jim Murphy We all know children need to be vaccinated before they start school. But many Baby Boomers (and even older senior citizens) are skipping vaccinations that can help them stay healthy and live longer. And that’s a

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