Learn common fraud schemes to avoid falling for scam

HINTS FROM HELOISE

Dear Readers: With the internet becoming our “go-to source” for education, solutions, ideas, hints, etc., consider educating yourself on some of the most common fraud schemes you could fall victim to.

I did this, and it was very informative, so much so that there was even a scheme listed that I wouldn’t have categorized as such.

In the search box, type in “common fraud schemes.” Then click on the link www.fbi.gov. There you’ll have choices of scams to peruse and educate yourself on. Don’t be an uninformed victim. These schemers are just waiting to pounce on the innocent or ill-informed. — Heloise

Dear Readers: Here are some hints to consider when booking “safer” rooms at hotels:

¯ Choose hotels where the crime rate is low.

¯ Book rooms on the first or second floor. Go no higher than the fifth floor in case of an emergency in which you have to use the stairs or need to exit through a window.

¯ Try to stay away from rooms that have interlocking doors, and make sure your room door has a deadbolt and an eyehole.

¯ Choose hotels where the front desk is manned 24 hours a day and security is present.

¯ Make sure an evacuation plan is posted in your room.

¯ Book rooms not easily accessible from the street and away from public areas like restaurants.

I’m sure you can think of your own ideas for booking safer rooms in hotels, but these should help you start thinking along those lines. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: As a new apartment renter, can you give me some ways to use baking soda? I’m on a tight budget, and I’ve been told that baking soda has many uses. If I can save money by stocking this powder instead of multiple cleaners, deodorizers, sanitizers, etc., this should have a positive effect on my monthly budget. — Philip A., Austin, Texas

Philip, baking soda can be used to eliminate odors, refresh or soothe the body, act as a fabric softener in the dryer, treat laundry stains or as toothpaste. It also is used in many baking and cooking recipes. If you really want to know how, when and where baking soda can be used, you can order Heloise’s Baking Soda Hints and Recipes pamphlet from my website at www.Heloise.com. Or send $5 and a stamped (68 cents), self-addressed, business-size envelope to: Heloise/ Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Baking soda is so versatile that if you use it regularly, you will save yourself a ton of money by purchasing this amazing powder instead of multiple liquids and cleaners for your apartment needs. — Heloise

Dear Readers: Put rakes, hoes, shovels, etc., in a large garbage can with wheels. Hang smaller tools on S-hooks around the rim of the can. Then you can roll all of your tools around as you work. — Heloise