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Canadian Consumer Alert: 101 Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Money

This book will do for consumer advocacy what the Wealthy Barber did for investors!

Across the country police forces are doubling and tripling their fraud squads. Every other day we get email messages to be on the alert about one scam or another. There is no doubt that consumer crime is on the rise.

Pat Foran, consumer advocate and host of CTV's Consumer Alert, has obtained refunds of thousands of dollars, been able to reverse dubious contracts and lobbied governments to review and even change legislation, through many of his investigations. He is bombarded with calls from loyal viewers requesting information on how to avoid rip-offs or get assistance recouping funds from cheats.
Canadian Consumer Alert

Now he brings to all Canadians the valuable information he has collected together in one concise and easy-to-read source. Based on real-life investigations, he covers it all - from choosing daycare, to buying insurance, to getting your car through emissions testing and much much more.

Canadian Consumer Alert will provide Canadians coast-to-coast with the information they need to protect themselves and their hard-earned cash. Foran explains what consumers should be on the lookout for, how to spot a scammer and what to do if something is not quite right. He addresses such questions as:
  • How to get off mailing lists
  • How to check your credit rating
  • Whether or not you need a home inspection when buying a new house
  • How to get a better interest rate
  • Leasing your car versus buying
  • AND many other common scams and swindles
As a consumer advocate Pat Foran fights for the rights of consumers and helps bring to light the strong products and services they deserve. In Canadian Consumer Alert he arms them with the information they need to buy smart, avoid traps and save money.

Table of Contents :
CONTENTS

Introduction // 1

Money Matters
1 Investing for the Future // 6
2 Interest Rate Wrap-Up // 10
3 Pay Yourself First - Forced Savings // 14
4 RRSPs - Saving for Your Golden Years // 16
5 Managing Your Mortgage // 19
6 Saving for Your Child's Education // 23
7 Your Financial Worth // 26
8 When the Bank Makes Errors // 28
9 Check Your Credit Rating // 31
10 Credit Cards - Taking It to the Limit // 34
11 Day Trading - The Lure & Dangers // 37
12 Loan Brokers - Why "Anyone" Qualifies // 40
13 Wills and Estates - Anticipating the Inevitable // 43
14 Declaring Bankruptcy - a Last Resort // 46
15 Bank Machine Malfunction // 50
16 Co-Signing Loans - Think Before You Sign! // 52
17 Financial Advisor // 54
18 Life and Disability Insurance // 57

Keeping You in the Driver's Seat
19 Vehicle Leasing - the True Cost // 62
20 Buying a New Vehicle // 67
21 Buying Nearly New // 70
22 Buying a Used Car // 73
23 Protecting Precious Ones // 77
24 Gap Insurance - a Leasing Must // 80
25 Beware of Curbsiders // 82
26 Protecting Your Car Deposit // 85
27 Car Rentals - Read the Fine Print // 88
28 Car Repairs - Don't Get Taken for a Ride // 91
29 Think Before You Tint // 94
30 Paying Less at the Pumps // 96
31 Changing Your Oil - How Often is Often Enough // 99
32 CAMVAP - an Impartial Arbitrator // 102
33 Best Deals on Car Insurance // 105
34 Odometer Fraud - Wipe out the Miles // 109

Home Sweet Home
35 Buying Your Own Home // 112
36 Selling Your Home - Reducing Fees // 116
37 Getting the Most for Your Home // 119
38 Condominium Conundrum // 123
39 Hiring a Home Inspector // 126
40 Sharing a Wall // 129
41 Home Heating Help // 132
42 Dealing with Energy Marketers // 135
43 Protecting Your Possessions // 139
44 Home Renovation Rip-Offs // 143
45 Furnace and A. C. Start-Up // 147

Caveat Emptor - Let the Buyer Beware!
46 Donating at the Door // 150
47 Work at Home Scams // 152
48 The Deepest Cut - Identity Theft // 154
49 Modelling Scams - Not a Pretty Picture // 157
50 Don't Get Fleeced as You Get Fit // 160
51 Don't Lose More Money Than Pounds // 163
52 Time-Shares - a Vacation Nightmare? // 165
53 Using the Phone to Defraud // 168
54 1-900 Numbers Are Not Toll-Free! // 171
55 Yellow Pages Scam // 173
56 Telephone "Testing" Scam // 175
57 Matchmaking - Magic or Misery? // 177
58 Bank Card Fraud // 181
59 Vacuum Cleaner Sales - a Dirty Business // 184
60 Avoiding Cyberfraud // 187
61 Lost Photos // 190
62 Bulk Food Buying - Is It a Deal? // 192
63 Illegal Mail Redirection // 194
64 Preventing Paving Problems // 196

Making Your Cash Count
65 Saving Money on Groceries // 200
66 Used Goods - Good for You and the Environment // 203
67 Renting to Own // 206
68 The High Cost of Dying // 209
69 Making Rebate Offers Work // 212
70 Save Money on Printer Refills // 214
71 Pill Splitting // 217
72 Water is Life // 220
73 What's an Appropriate Tip? // 224
74 Effective Complaining // 226
75 Travel Tips // 229
76 Quitting Smoking - Your Doctor Can Help // 234

Beyond the Bare Necessities
77 Plastic Surgery // 240
78 Travel Insurance // 243
79 Internet Shopping // 246
80 Don't Get Taken to the Cleaners! // 249
81 Microchipping - Safeguarding Your Pet // 251
82 Charity and Community Group Fraud // 253
83 Carpet Cleaners // 256
84 Infommercials - Information or Advertising? // 259
85 Going Out of Business Sales // 261
86 Jewellery Fraud // 263
87 Dealing with Business Bankruptcy // 266
88 Dealing with Collection Agencies // 269
89 Watch Out for Snow Jobs // 271
90 Protecting Yourself at Garage Sales // 273
91 Cash Register Scanners // 275
92 Gambling // 278
93 Small Claims Court // 281
94 Cybersecurity // 284
95 Moving Troubles // 286
96 Lost Luggage // 289
97 Extended Warranties - Are They Worth It // 291
98 Mailing List Multiplication // 293
99 UV Protective Sunglasses // 296
100 Tattoo Removal // 299
101 Choosing a Daycare Centre // 302

Contacts // 309
Addresses // 324
Credits // 341

Index // 343

Written by Pat Foran. Published by McGraw Hill Ryerson Ltd., 2001.
   
Catalogue No. 0-07-088767-5
Price $24.99
Format Softcover
Pages 256
Language English only
 
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Last modified: August 16, 2001

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