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  • Take steps to protect against credit fraud

    When it comes to credit card fraud, you are your own best defense. The Better Business Bureau offers tips on how to protect yourself from credit card fraud:

    • Be cautious about giving anyone your account number.
    • Carry only the cards you expect to use and keep them secure. 
  • BBB: Paperless receipts may compromise your data

    Have you ever opted for a paperless e-receipt? Some retailers and banks have started offering customers the option of receiving receipts from purchases and ATM transactions via email.

    While this is a convenient and eco-friendly alternative to paper clutter, the Better Business Bureau is reminding shoppers to protect their identity in the process.

  • Don't slip up and miss these fall prevention tips

    Taking a fall can be scary at any age, but for senior adults, a fall can lead to serious and sometimes devastating consequences.

    Falls are the leading cause of death from unintentional injuries among older adults and the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among Kentucky residents age 65 and older.

  • BBB: Research locksmiths before you need one

    In the state of Kentucky, there are no required license or background checks for people who want to become locksmiths. Absolutely anyone can take an online or mail-order course and set up a locksmith business.

    The Better Business Bureau has these tips to protect yourself from not-so-trustworthy locksmiths who can take advantage of you when you’re locked out.

  • Singing about Christmas in July

    My wife occasionally bursts into song when it’s just the two of us at home.

    “You have a really good voice,” I compliment her. “You should be singing in the choir.”

    She disagrees: “My voice isn’t that good. Remember, I didn’t even make the varsity choir in high school.”

    I think she’s improved.

  • Are your credit cards ready for vacation?

    f your summer plans include traveling out of state or overseas, avoid stress and money problems by preparing ahead of time.

    In an effort to reduce credit card fraud, many companies will lock an account if it’s being used in an unfamiliar spending pattern. This includes being used in a different state or country and charges that are not the normal spending amount.

  • Is your credit card ready for vacation?

    If your summer plans include traveling out of state or overseas, avoid stress and money problems by preparing ahead of time.

    In an effort to reduce credit card fraud, many companies will lock an account if it’s being used in an unfamiliar spending pattern. This includes being used in a different state or country and charges that are not the normal spending amount.

  • Check scam targets direct-sales agents

    Representatives for direct sales companies such as Avon, Mary Kay and Thirty-One Gifts are being targeted in a fake check scam. Scammers pose as new customers and try to con consultants out of hundreds of dollars.

    If typically begins when a consultant for a direct sales company receives an email or text message from what appears to be a potential customer.

  • Visit to Israel clarifies 'promise' in Kentucky

    Over the last couple of weeks, I had the opportunity to visit a region of the world that is a constant source of international news. In my spare time, I volunteer with Lamb & Lion Ministries. I speak as needed and am the designated leader for Pilgrimage trips to Israel. During our visit, the Middle East was once again in the headlines.

  • Lesson about the power and importance of a hug

    She sits among several of her fellow residents at the long-term care facility I visit, ensconced in her whee chair, sometimes napping, sometimes staring. I suppose I’ve walked past her dozens of times, greeting her with a casual “Hello” or “How are you?” I can’t say I’ve taken the time to wait for a response. I’ve felt her tired eyes following me as I’ve quickly disappeared around the corner and down the hallway.

    But this day, she stopped me cold in my tracks.