Phoney Call: Plano Police say that lottery call is a scam!

PLANO — An old scam is getting some new attention and police in North Texas are warning people: don’t believe that mess! The Plano Police Department tweeted out a video warning people of fake phone calls or emails claiming they’ve hit the jackpot. I am sure many of you have received that call or email saying you just won the lottery. This week’s Safety Minute discusses the Lottery Scam that unfortunately, some folks have fallen for. #CrimePreventionTips #LotteryScam https://t.co/bbFzp9eZYz — […]

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FBI warns banks of potential ATM hacking scheme

The FBI is warning financial institutions that their ATMs could be targeted in a hacking attempt. The threat was reported Sunday by Krebs On Security, a popular cybersecurity blog run by the journalist Brian Krebs. Krebs reported that the scheme is known as an “ATM cash-out,” which means the attackers can hack a bank or payment card processor and use stolen information to withdraw large sums of money at ATMs worldwide. His report cited a confidential alert the FBI shared […]

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$1 million probably isn’t enough for retirement in Texas

DALLAS — Let’s be honest, many of us long for the days of retirement! But, how much do you have to save so you don’t have to work anymore? A cool million sounded about right not that long ago, but now not so much, even if you live in Texas. According to GoBankingRates, when it comes to the best states to retire, Texas falls at number ten if you factor in food, housing, transportation, and healthcare. All of which would be […]

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Texas’ Tax-Free Weekend draws shoppers from near and far

GRAPEVINE — Benjamin Franklin famously wrote the only certainties in life are death and taxes.  Well, at least this for this weekend that’s only partially true in Texas as Tax-Free Weekend is back! Having started on Friday and running through Sunday, the event allows shoppers to buy most clothing and school-related supplies costing under $100 without paying any sales tax (check here for what’s good and what’s excluded).  That break is very beneficial as a nationwide survey by the National […]

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Wells Fargo says hundreds of customers lost homes after computer glitch

Hundreds of people had their homes foreclosed on after software used by Wells Fargo incorrectly denied them mortgage modifications. The embattled bank revealed the issue in a regulatory filing this week and said it has set aside $8 million to compensate customers affected by the glitch. The same filing also disclosed that Wells Fargo is facing “formal or informal inquiries or investigations” from unnamed government agencies over how the company purchased federal low-income housing tax credits. The document states the […]

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City of Mesquite says flier of Town East Mall closing is fake

MESQUITE — Shopping has become a part of life for many Americans, especially for those here in Texas! So, you can imagine the panic and fear people had when they saw a post floating around social media saying that Town East Mall in Mesquite was closing for good. Well, turns out it was a total fake. The mall released a statement saying, “False information about Town East Mall closing was posted on various social media sites using the City of […]

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Trump claims you need a photo ID to buy groceries

TAMPA, Fla. – More than a quarter-century after former President George HW Bush’s grocery store scanner moment, President Trump has stumbled into a similar supermarket-themed slip. While championing the concept of voter ID to prevent noncitizen voting, Trump told a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday that ID is required virtually everywhere else in America except at the voting booth—including, wrongly, when buying groceries, per the AP. “If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, […]

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McDonald’s launches ‘MacCoin’ — but it’s really just a coupon

CHICAGO — To celebrate its 50th anniversary, McDonald’s is launching the “MacCoin,” a “global currency” that will only be offered for a limited time. But it’s really just a coupon. According to a news release from the company, the “first fully food-backed global currency” will be given to customers beginning August 2 when they purchase Big Mac at over 14,000 participating restaurants across the U.S. The coin, which has no cash value and will essentially function as a coupon, can […]

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Did You Know?: Spilling the tea on Millennials

AUSTIN, TX — Most Millennials think the struggle is real. Here’s why: According to creditcards.com, studies may say Millennials are bad tippers, but it may be because they’re broke! Did you know the people born between 1981 and 1996 make around $10,000 less than what their parents were earning at the same age? Apparently, they’re making a median income of $40,581 a year, which is about 20% less than what their mom or dad were making in the 80s. Just another […]

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