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Thursday, October 19 2017 @ 08:22 PM CDT
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The FTC announces two new robocall contests

The Empire Strikes Back, Aliens, Terminator 2… Don’t you just love a good sequel? The FTC does, too, and that’s why the agency is returning to DEF CON with a new robocall challenge.

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There is no Bureau of Defaulters

The email says it’s a court notice from the Bureau of Defaulters Agency-FTC with your arrest warrant record attached. It says you’ve ignored their efforts to contact you, so now your Social Security number is on hold by the federal government, you’ll be prosecuted for fraud, and you’ll owe all kinds of money when you’re found guilty. You’ve got just 24 hours to respond.

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Top 5 questions about calls and the National Do Not Call Registry

1. How can I make it stop?

You signed up for the Do Not Call Registry ages ago, but you’re suddenly getting a bunch of unwanted calls. What can you do?

Hang up. When you get illegal sales calls or robocalls, don’t interact in any way. Don’t press buttons to be taken off the call list or to talk to a live person. That just leads to more calls. Instead, hang up and file a complaint at donotcall.gov.

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Can imported laminate wood floors make you sick?

The warm luster of laminate wood flooring can give your home or office an inviting and natural look. But, according to recent press reports, some laminates imported from China produce potentially hazardous emissions of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

Formaldehyde is a naturally-occurring substance that’s used in the manufacture of pressed woods, glue and preservatives. It’s glue that holds together the thin laminated layers of wood flooring.

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It’s illegal for manufacturers or dealers to claim your warranty is void

Your car needs an oil change, so you stop by a place on the way home. Or maybe your car is making a funny noise, so you take it to your trusted mechanic. Later on, when you go to check your car’s warranty, you find out your coverage might be in jeopardy because you didn’t get the work done at one of the car company’s dealers or centers. Can a car company do that?

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Don’t pay for a vacation to nowhere

With winter almost over, are you itching to get out of town? As you search for your perfect getaway, you might come across good-looking vacation rental deals that seem amazing. Unfortunately, some “steals” are posted by scammers trying to steal your money. They’ll leave you with a vacation to nowhere.

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Reluctant to be rude?

Respectfulness and politeness — they’re valued in many close-knit communities. But when you’re dealing with a scammer, those values can backfire, as we’ve heard during our ongoing effort to fight fraud in every community. Scammers try to take advantage of your politeness to get you to hand over money or personal information.

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Virtual Reality Helping Warfighters with PTSD

If you think you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, a new form of help is available at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or LRMC, where they can recreate the look, sounds and smell of a deployed environment to help you revisit and cope with events that have affected you so profoundly.

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Investing in the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

Canvassing for the nation’s future engineering talent starts through community outreach programs, and the district seized the opportunity to showcase a variety of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers missions to approximately 160 engineering students at Jenkins High School in Savannah.

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It’s the Final Robot Countdown!

With 3.5 million dollars in prizes at stake, the DARPA Robotics Challenge is heating up.  And I mean, to a fever pitch.  These half human, half robot teams are working around the clock to be the best international disaster response crew.  With only months left on a nearly 2.5 year mission, this is the final countdown.

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