Five Vacation Scams to Avoid

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Vacation is supposed to be a time to unwind. Unfortunately, there are thieves who are waiting to strike when we let our guard down. That’s why it pays to stay updated on the latest travel scams.  Here are five vacation scams to watch out for:   1. Fake Deals Many destinations offer deals on luxury items, but some sellers of gems, jewelry and antiques are scam artists who take a percentage of the agreed sale price, with the rest payable upon delivery. The outcome: Customers lose the down payment and be left waiting for a delivery that never comes. Avoid the scam by shopping at reputable retailers in the area.   2. Front Desk Scam Hotel guests should beware if they get a late night call from the front desk claiming their credit card has been declined. Avoid the scam by hanging up or calling the front desk yourself.   3. Fake Police You may be approached by someone posing as a police officer, demanding to see—and finding fault with—their identification or accusing them of having committed a crime. If he is willing to overlook the incident for a small fee, it’s a scam. Avoid the scam by knowing where the local police station, hospital and U.S. Embassy are located and offering to drive there to pay the fine.   4. Photo Bombs A bystander may offer to take your picture, and when you accept he informs you of the fee. Or, you hand over your phone and he takes off with it. Avoid the scam by just saying no or negotiating prices in advance. Use selfie sticks, too.   5. Taxi Fare Scam When a cab fare seems high, it may be due to rigged meters or drivers taking needlessly long routes. Avoid the scam by only taking licensed taxis and determining the fare in advance.   Subscribe to our blog If you would like to receive informative articles about saving money, staying safe and protecting your life & loved ones...subscribe to our blog today! Name* First Last Email*   Information courtesy of:...

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The Meanings Behind These 15 Symbols On Your Car’s Dashboard

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When something goes wrong with your car or if a feature you should know about gets activated, a signal funnels through the electrical system and into the dashboard. This illuminates a hieroglyphic, and these cover a wide range of issues—some of which may be serious. Here are the meanings behind 15 of these curious-looking markers (and what they look like, in case you need a mnemonic device to help your memory). Your dashboard may be different and the symbols may have altered designs or indicate slightly different things, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual. Some of these lights could portend a serious malfunction. Don’t ignore them. When in doubt, have a professional check it out.   1. ENGINE TEMPERATURE WARNING LIGHT What it looks like: A pirate ship with its sails down as if to say, “I’m just a normal boat, no pirates here.” What it means: Your engine is too hot, friend. Here is a useful guide for what to do if your engine overheats.   2. TIRE PRESSURE WARNING LIGHT What it looks like: A Buckingham Palace guard telling you the field goal is GOOD! What it means: The pressure in one or more of your tires is too low and needs to be attended to.   3. OIL PRESSURE WARNING What it looks like: You’re about to get three wishes. What it means: Your engine is running low on oil, or there is a problem with your car’s oil pressure system.   4. TRACTION CONTROL What it looks like: A squid wearing a fedora. What it means: The car’s traction control system is engaged.   5. ENGINE WARNING What it looks like: Yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine. What it means: It can blink on for a number of reasons. Read about some of those here.   6. ANTILOCK BRAKE WARNING What it looks like: The cover of a fitness magazine. What it means: There is an issue with your anti-lock brake system that needs to be diagnosed and fixed.   7. AUTOMATIC SHIFT LOCK OR ENGINE START INDICATOR What it looks like: The bat signal, if Bruce Wayne had been afraid of shoes instead of a bats as a child. What it means: You need to engage the brake, either to start your car’s ignition or to get it out of neutral.   8. BATTERY ALERT What it looks like: Math lego. What it means: The car’s charging system is short of power. You are running solely on battery.   9. FUEL INDICATOR SYMBOL What it looks like: A snake-infested ATM. What it means: You are running low on fuel. Fun fact: The symbol on the fuel gauge also has an arrow...

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