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Scammers preying on weak economy in top frauds of 2009

NCL's Fraud Center has released its annual list of top scamsThe recession is helping at least some people prosper despite tough economic times – scammers preying on consumers who are looking for ways to earn money. NCL's Fraud Center has just released its annual Top Ten Scams report, and the news for consumers is that scammers are going after those of us hit hard by the economy in 2009.

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Mobile commerce: what's all the buzz?

You may have seen advertisements for things you can purchase using your wireless phone, such as jokes or ring tones. This new form of shopping, called mobile commerce, lets consumers order products or services using their phones or personal digital assistants (PDAs), with the charges usually appearing on their next wireless bill. NCL’s got the latest buzz on how mobile commerce works and what to watch out for.

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NCL's tips for staying on top of trial offers


Have you ever wanted to try a service or a product on a trial basis? Some companies allow interested customers the chance to try it out before they join or purchase. This is called a trial offer.
How does a trial offer work?

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