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Private landlords have become the key to Arizona subsidized housing

Private landlords serve as gatekeepers for tenants who’ve received vouchers, but the majority of Arizona’s roughly two dozen public housing authorities, which manage the program for HUD, lack a formal process for approving private landlords.... Read more»

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Romance scams bedevil law enforcement

Romance scammers ripped off about $1 billion from would-be U.S. lovers in 2021 - up from $600 million the year before - and attorneys general say they have little success at recovering money or criminally charging romance scammers.... Read more»

Tucson Electric Power warns customers of collection scams

More than 1,700 TEP customers have reported being targeted this year by scammers. The utility company has advice about how to deal with it.... Read more»

Never pay debts with gift cards, new Arizona consumer program warns

Consumers will start seeing new “STOP” signs at gift card displays in many Arizona stores, part of an effort to fight a growing and costly fraud in which scammers – often posing as government officials – ask consumers to pay off a debt or penalty through gift cards. ... Read more»

Covid scams flourish despite efforts of health and law enforcement agencies

With the U.S. coronavirus death toll surging past 425,000 and the rollout of genuine vaccines painfully slow, bogus Covid-19 promotions are still going strong. The Justice Department, which reported receiving more than 76,000 tips about coronavirus scams by the fall, has filed at least 33 criminal cases, along with 13 civil actions seeking to halt the sale of fake vaccines, treatments or testing.... Read more»

Watchdogs scramble to keep up with COVID-19 scams, fraud

“It seems like every day … a new scam pops up,” says Katie Conner, a spokesperson for the Arizona Attorney General. “And we are really trying to stay ahead and get these warnings out there.” ... Read more»

Fears, willingness to help make seniors appealing targets for scams

Told he had won $10 million in a sweepstakes, an older man insisted that he was going to Florida to collect despite objections from his family and even an explanation from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office that he was being scammed.... Read more»

Better Business Bureau

BBB warns seniors about Medicare scammers

The Better Business Bureau is warning seniors of telephone calls from scammers claiming to be with Medicare who ask for personal information—like Social Security numbers and bank account numbers.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Food Bank launches Hunger Action Month

Interviews with Bill Carnegie of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, financial planner Shelly Fishman, and Tom Collier, consumer affairs contributor.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Get the dirt on latest scams

Don't be a a sucker: listeners' thoughts on the latest consumer scams. Plus, financial planner Sheldon Fishman and UA economist Marshall Vest.... Read more»

Better Business Bureau

Don't let election scammers count on your support

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is advising voters to be on the lookout for the growing number of scams that are likely to continue leading up to the presidential election.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Power station closure could jeopardize CAP delivery

Today on Buckmaster - Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble, a preview of the Mexican presidential elections with Keith Rosenblum, CAP Director David Modeer, and Tom Collier with the monthly scam alert. ... Read more»

Tax scams target seniors, poor with refund promises

The Internal Revenue Service warned Arizona taxpayers Monday to beware of an emerging tax refund scam tempting victims to file tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds.... Read more»

Better Business Bureau

BBB: Watch out for tax preparation scams

Consumers expecting a tax refund might be looking forward to filing their taxes early this year, but the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona warns to be cautious of tax preparers who claim they can get larger refunds than their competitors.... Read more»

BBB warns against holiday shopping scams

Consumers who let down their guard during the hectic holiday season can easily fall prey to scammers poised to pounce on careless or overburdened shoppers, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona warns.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Avoiding holiday scams masquerading as charities

Today on Buckmaster - We've got a newsmaker interview with Debbie Chandler, executive director of the Microbusiness Advancement Center. Then, historian Jim Turner talks about his new book on Arizona history.... Read more»

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