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Shoplifter's crimes go on ID theft victim's record

Updated: 04/30/2007 - A Hephzibah woman had a criminal record for shoplifting...but it turns out someone else did the crime. Deputies say the real criminal stole her identity. Investigators say this sort of thing happens a dozen times a month.

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Family Fraud Alert: Phishing Scams

Updated: 04/30/2007 - There are some emails making the rounds that are trying to get your personal information. Phishing scams have been around for a few years, but people still seem to be falling for them.

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On Your Side: Shred Day

Posted: 04/27/2007 - The air was filled with the sound of shredding at News 12's first ever Shred Day. As News 12's Ryan Duffy shows you, hundreds of people showed up to shred and strike back against identity theft.

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On Your Side: AvoID Theft, Part 2

Posted: 04/27/2007 - The growing crime of identity theft seems to be unstoppable. But a new bill working through congress will try to at least make it difficult for identity thieves. 12 On Your Side's Ryan Duffy shows you the bill's local connections.

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On Your Side: AvoID Theft

Posted: 04/27/2007 - Just because your personal information is stolen doesn't mean you have to become a victim. But you do have to act fast. 12 On Your Side's Ryan Duffy shows you how to protect yourself.

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On Your Side: Computer Financing

Posted: 04/27/2007 - One Gloverville woman says instead of computers one company is delivering empty promises. And she says now, she's out 1,600 dollars and a computer.

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On Your Side: Smart Move

Posted: 04/26/2007 - If you're getting close to buying a house, one of the most important things you can do is get it inspected. If you don't, you could be opening yourself up to some expensive problems.

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On Your Side: Protecting Your Car

Updated: 04/25/2007 - Augusta is one of five Georgia cities that rank in the top 100 of a recent list that ranks the cities that have the most automobile thefts. But police say it doesn't have to be that way.

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On Your Side: False Promises

Updated: 04/24/2007 - You might want to be wary of ads for government jobs online and in print. They may sound great, but the post office says many of them are scams. We'll show you where to go for real government job listings.

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On Your Side: Housing Hang-Up

Updated: 04/23/2007 - Mary Miller lost her house in a fire several years ago. She's scratched and clawed her way to get another house. Now she and her daughter can't even live in it, because it's three feet off the ground.

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On Your Side: Volunteer Fair

Updated: 04/20/2007 - If you've ever wanted to go to work for the good guys and help people solve their problems, here's your chance. It's called Call For Action, and we've only got a few spots left to fill out the team.

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On Your Side: Bumpy Ride

Updated: 04/19/2007 - All an Aiken couple wanted was a construction crew to pave a driveway, but instead they say the crew paved the way to steal the couple's money...$6000 of it in all.

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Family Fraud Alert: Email Freebie Hoax

Updated: 04/13/2007 - The internet is a great place to get information and keep in touch. But, as you should know, it's also a place full of hoaxes and fraud. That can include emails making too-good-to-be-true promises.

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On Your Side: Disappearing Data

Updated: 04/12/2007 - The identities of millions of Georgians are at risk after a CD containing their personal information was lost. It's hard to believe one CD could put nearly three million Georgians at risk of identity theft, but that's just what happened.

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On Your Side: Trans Fat Troubles

Updated: 04/11/2007 - If you buy a product that claims to not have a particular ingredient in it, you usually trust that to be true. In all reality, you may want to be a little more skeptical of those labels.

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On Your Side: Best Buys

Updated: 04/10/2007 - As the saying goes, you get what you pay for...so maybe you feel the need to spend more on your big ticket buys like refrigerators and dishwashers. But you may be wasting your money.

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On Your Side: Surviving the Masters

Posted: 03/30/2007 - For many people, attending the Masters is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...but if you don't take a few precautions, you won't enjoy it as much. 12 On Your Side has a few ideas for Masters Week.

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On Your Side: Giving Back Hope

Updated: 03/29/2007 - We have a follow-up story about a Hephzibah woman who says she was scammed by a conniving contractor. Thanks to big-time local generosity, Verna Wright has had her faith in humankind restored and her house fixed.

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On Your Side: Candy Confusion

Updated: 03/28/2007 - Some Aiken businesses say they feel deceived after they sold candy for charity only to find those donations may be lining someone else's pockets. But the man who gave them the candy to sell says it's all just a big misunderstanding.

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On Your Side: Free Credit Report

Updated: 03/27/2007 - You're due a credit report check every year free of charge. The Georgia Department of Consumer Affairs says there are many websites out there that advertise a free credit report, but end up charging you fees for other services.

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On Your Side: Break Out

Updated: 03/26/2007 - If you've got a cell phone, chances are you've got a contract to go with it that can keep you locked in for years. Now you may have some options to get out without breaking the bank.

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On Your Side: Rat Poison in Pet Food?

Posted: 03/23/2007 - Health officials say rat poison is what killed 15 pets and caused countless more to become very sick. Some veterinarians say the symptoms don't match and think there may another contaminant to find in the recalled pet food.

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On Your Side: Recipe for Savings

Updated: 03/23/2007 - Saving money is something we all like to do, especially when it comes to eating out. One website helps you to do that while supporting local businesses. It almost makes you feel like you're beating the system.

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On Your Side: MySpace Job Danger

Posted: 03/21/2007 - If you don't want your children living under your roof forever, you might want to keep tabs on what they're putting on their MySpace or Facebook pages. The things your child puts on there could keep them from getting a job.

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