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12 On Your Side: Online tax filing vs. tax office filing

Updated: 02/20/2014 - Whether you file your taxes online or with a professional, it can be stressful. But what if you do it wrong? Uncle Sam could audit you. Tax experts say online filing can be great but if you have any doubts about going it alone get it done at a professional tax office.

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12 OYS: VA hospital wristbands may be exposing vets to identity theft

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Updated: 02/05/2014 - Identity theft is the last thing that should be on your mind during a hospital stay. But a local veteran says he is worried that his personal identity may have been compromised during a short stay at Charlie Norwood VA Hospital in Augusta.

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12 OYS: Common cold medicine being abused by local teens, says health professional

Updated: 02/04/2014 - It is called Triple C, Skittles and even Red Devils. They are street names for a popular over the counter drug that some teenagers are abusing. The drug is called Coricidin Cough and Cold in the purple box. Taken as prescribed it can relieve cold symptoms but when abused it can cause brain damage and even death.

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12 OYS: Augusta VA tight-lipped about possible 4th death at facility

Updated: 02/03/2014 - News 12 continues its investigation into deaths at Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Hospital. We have obtained documentation confirming another death. But the Charlie Norwood facility is being tight-lipped about whether it occured there or not.

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12 On Your Side: Dog abandoned in bitter cold in Augusta park

Updated: 01/28/2014 - Extreme weather can be deadly for pets but the frigid temperatures did not stop someone from leaving a dog to possibly die in the cold at an Augusta park. A News 12 tv crew was diverted from a story on protecting pets from the cold after it discovered the abandoned and frightened dog alone with no owner.

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12 On Your Side: Renters insurance should be on your winter storm checklist

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Updated: 01/27/2014 - With the threat of bad weather how protected are you from damage to your property?Everything from downed trees to frozen pipes that rupture flooding your home or apartment. can be a reality. Experts are urging folks who do not have renters insurance to get it now. You can secure a policy with just a quick phone call.

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12 On Your Side: Homeowner accuses contractor of "poor workmanship"; no refund

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Updated: 01/24/2014 - She paid hundreds of dollars for some home repairs. Unhappy with the work she says the contractor is giving her the runaround about refunding her money. A News 12 investigation found that McCoy Landscaping of North Augusta is not just unlicensed but has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau. Something this homeowner wishes she had known before giving up her cash.

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12 OYS: TV repairman arrested again; evicted from business

Updated: 01/24/2014 - For the second time in a week, a television repairman has been arrested and charged with theft by deception. Deputies arrested Electric Medic owner Perry Bower just hours after he was ordered by a judge to vacate his business property.

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12 On Your Side: Tax return ID thieves may steal your refund check

Updated: 01/23/2014 - The 2014 tax filing season is upon us and you may want to file early or risk having some scammers cashing in on your refund. Tax experts say all it takes is your social security number and some fake documents and your refund could be filed by and delivered to someone who has stolen your identity.

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12 OYS: Former burger joint workers' silent protest nearly ends in arrests

Updated: 01/22/2014 - Some former employees of a local burger joint are protesting. They say after putting in the work their boss has failed to pay them. It is not the first time this restaurant and its owner have been in the news. Last September the owner was arrested and charged with fraud. He was faced with a lot of complaints from employees who said they were not getting paid. Now former employees are claiming the same thing and they are taking action.

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12 OYS: Text message links exposing some cellphone users to identity theft

Updated: 01/20/2014 - After getting a bizarre text message on her cell phone. Regina Philpot decided to contacted On Your Side for answers. "I decided I better let somebody know since you guys are so good about looking out for consumers. You were the first person I thought about calling, "said Philpot. The text Philpot received, warned her there was an issue with her debit card.

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12 OYS: TV repairman arrested on criminal charges of theft by deception

Updated: 01/17/2014 - We have an update on a News 12 exclusive investigation we first brought you last year. Authorities have arrested a television repairman on charges of theft by deception. Perry Bower, owner of Electric Medic is now out on bond, but his troubles continue. Our investigation has uncovered more than a dozen incident reports filed against Bower and authorities say more are coming.

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12 On Your Side: Woman fights back after being targeted by scammers

Updated: 01/17/2014 - Some scammers may have met their match after trying to target an Augusta woman. She says she was not about to take the bait. Instead she fought back. She thwarted the con artists by doing her own investigating and did not take what she was seeing and hearing at face value.

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12 OYS: Elderly couple says they were scammed out of $600 by paving job

Updated: 01/14/2014 - An elderly Aiken couple says they were scammed out of cash by a traveling salesman. They say it all began with an offer to resurface their driveway. They use high pressure sales tactics. But these paving scams are meant to drain your wallet while leaving you with more problems than you started with.

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12 On Your Side: Scam targeting Georgia Power customers with disconnect

Updated: 01/13/2014 - A local business owner got a real shocker after getting a call from what he thought was his electric company. He says the caller told him to either pay up or it would pull the plug. No one wants their lights cut off but some crafty con artists are hoping to play on that fear to get in your wallet.

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12 OYS: S.C. health insurance provider fixes "technical glitches" on website

Updated: 01/10/2014 - We have an update on a story we brought you earlier this week. After signing up for health insurance, an Aiken woman said the company was listing false information. A News 12 investigation led to the company correcting its online providers listing but Mary Rreider said she still feels skeptical about the doctors on her health insurance plan.

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12 On Your Side: Bringing healthy foods into the home

Posted: 01/16/2014 - Parents of picky eaters--we're on your side with ways to introduce your children to healthier foods. Officials tell 12 there are a few ways to help create healthier choices for your children.

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