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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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12 On Your Side: Self-storage units ransacked in string of break-ins

Updated: 01/03/2014 - A string of self-storage break-ins have some customers concerned about the safety of their personal belongings. More than 2 dozen in a matter of days and they all could have been prevented by avoiding using basic pad locks to secure the unit contents.

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12 On Your Side: How to keep students school prepped over the holidays

Posted: 01/16/2014 - Holiday break continues this week for many students in our area and with the time off, some parents may be wondering how to keep their children prepped for the coming semester. We're on your side with ways to keep students classroom ready over the holidays.

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12 On Your Side: New Years fireworks ordinances

New Year's Eve

Updated: 01/16/2014 - As you ring in 2014, you might think about shooting off fireworks to start the year off with a bang. There are city ordinances so you can stay safe this holiday.

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After fire leaves family homeless, News 12 viewers help out

Updated: 12/27/2013 - A fire on Christmas Eve leaves an Aiken County family homeless. But now, News 12 viewers are stepping up to help in a big way. The father and his three young kids lost practically everything, but as News 12's chad mills found out a lot of you are lending a helping hand.

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12 On Your Side: Email scam targets some Walmart customers

Updated: 12/27/2013 - It is a trusted name but some con artists are trying to use Walmart's name to scam you, and their goal is to get your personal information. They are hackers who want you to believe you are receiving an email directly from the big box giant.

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12 On Your Side: Fraud leads some retailers to slash gift return period

Updated: 12/26/2013 - Now that you have ripped, torn and slashed open those Christmas gifts, it is time to decide what you want to keep. You may may have to act quickly. That is because of return fraud. Some retailers have slashed their return periods from 45 day to as few as 9 days.

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12 On Your Side: Your Christmas leftovers could attract some thieves

Updated: 12/24/2013 - While you may have finished your Christmas shopping, some thieves may be getting ready to do some shopping of their own. Grinches who may be creeping through your neighborhood wanting to see what gifts you recieved based on the trash you leave at the curb.

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12 OYS: Woman says "as is" car dealership took her for a ride

Updated: 12/24/2013 - She thought she was getting a great deal on a used car but instead one woman said she was taken for a ride. Susan West said she knew she was buying a car as-is but never expected problems hours after driving off the lot.

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12 OYS: Target customers targeted by security breach, targets for scammers

Updated: 12/20/2013 - Big box giant Target is now finding itself the target of angry customers. They are upset because the company's call centers and website are not working properly. First a security breach and now this. But even when Target's website and call centers are up and running, customers already targeted by hackers may be facing another serious threat.

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