Consumer

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB gives tips to protect against identity theft

Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau discusses identity theft and ways to protect yourself from scams.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB gives tips for back-to-school shopping online

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB gives tips on hiring legitimate contractors to work on homes

Alabama warns of possibly harmful seed packages in your mail

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of moving scams during pandemic

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of political robocall scams

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of increase in puppy scams amid pandemic

Continued Coverage

Ala. tax numbers during first full month of pandemic offer hope, April down 4.5%

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB says some stimulus payments being sent via debit card

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of scam targeting people with streaming devices

  Columbus auto dealers develop safe ways for shoppers to buy vehicles during pandemic

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB cautions against fake check scam

  Alabama shoppers react to stores reopening

  Cost of gasoline keeps dropping across the Chattahoochee Valley

WTVM News Leader 9 found fuel for a $1.38/gallon at the Circle K on US 80, heading to Ladonia Alabama.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB discusses ways to avoid scams related to stimulus checks

Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau discusses way to ensure you get your money without getting scammed.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB talks avoiding COVID-19 related scams

The scams continue to pop up to take advantage of people in the community.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of coronavirus-related scams

Several scams have surfaced where people are promising everything from a coronavirus cure to tax relief.

  Show me the money: What a stimulus check could look like

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of scams related to the coronavirus

  Columbus woman shares story of being scammed out of $1K+

  BBB warns of Facebook Marketplace scam targeting Columbus residents

Technology helping identify fake products becoming more popular

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB explains how scammers use popular toys to trick parents out of money

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods sold recalled products following recall announcements

That deal you got while shopping may be very dangerous.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of online shopping risks on Cyber Monday

Michele Mason, senior vice president with the local Better Business Bureau, explains what to watch out for when shopping on Cyber Monday.

BBB: Avoiding Cyber Monday Shopping Scams

Tis’ the season for shoppers to start crossing items of their list.

  RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus warns of ticket scams during the holidays

The executive director of the RiverCenter says the public should be cautious of counterfeit tickets and people selling marked-up tickets online.

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination

A New Jersey company is recalling about 97,271 pounds of salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart, Target and other stores throughout Ohio because they may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Social Security Administration announces new online reporting form for scam calls

The Social Security Administration has launched an online reporting form to combat the recent wave of social security scams and increased amount of robocalls across the nation.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB gives tips to prepare for holiday shopping

As several people will be hitting the crowds or surfing the web, the Better Business Bureau wants to help shoppers get the most value for their money.

Recall Alert: Frozen berries possibly contaminated with Hepatitis A

Packages of frozen raspberries and mixed berries sold at Aldi stores throughout the country are being recalled because they could be contaminated with Hepatitis A.

  Best Buy announces free next day deliveries during the holiday season

Best Buy has announced free next day shipping on their store purchases for customers this holiday season.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of ‘big check’ scams swindling people out of money

Winning the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes or receiving some other big check in the mail is something that many people dream about.

  Frozen patties are recalled at Walmart

A brand of frozen sausage patties are being pulled off Walmart’s shelves due to possible salmonella contamination.

Blue Bell recalling some Butter Crunch half gallons due to broken tool pieces

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling select lots of it’s Butter Crunch Ice Cream made at its Sylacauga plant because they contain pieces of a broken plastic tool according to the FDA.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB gives tips to protect online data and privacy

October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB gives details on robocalls claiming to be Social Security Administration

Nearly 2.4 billion of these calls are made every month. Bogus calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration are among those causing concern.

  Harris Co. dentist providing free work for first responders, veterans on 9/11

In honor of the 18th anniversary of 9/11, a Harris County dentist’s office will be providing free dental work to first responders.

BBB: Watch out for scammers using Facebook quizzes

Have you ever hopped on Facebook and noticed a fun little quiz on your screen?

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB advises how to avoid scams when booking vacations

Criminals are impersonating major brands in hopes of confusing travelers into making unnecessary payments. Many times, they ask customers to pay with a prepaid gift card.

  Looking out for scams ahead of Labor Day weekend

While we’re expecting millions of Americans to crowd the roads and airports for the three-day weekend, experts are reminding Americans to keep an eye out for scammers.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB explains how to recognize legitimate offers to extend car warranties

Some of these solicitations may be from legitimate companies, while others are not.

  Piedmont Columbus Regional rolls out new online scheduling

On July 1, Piedmont Columbus Regional rolled out a brand new electronic medical record system called Epic.

  Phenix City warning residents of phone scam attempting to gain personal information

The city has received several complaints regarding individuals posing as city officials and attempting to obtain personal and financial information by phone.

'Clash of the Titans’: Chick-fil-A, Popeyes compete for best chicken sandwich title

The best chicken sandwich debate has heated up!

  Wing Stop opening second Columbus location

A restaurant chain will soon be opening their second location in the Fountain City.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB advises how to avoid Facebook scams

There have been reports of a Facebook scam, specifically dealing with Facebook Messenger, that’s targeting people in the Chattahoochee Valley.

  Piedmont Columbus Regional identifies health needs of the community

Every three years, Piedmont Columbus Regional completes an assessment to determine where the health needs in our community are the largest.

  Parents pay almost $700 on average for back-to-school supplies, according to National Retail Federation

As parents have been getting their kids ready for school, they've been forking over some big bucks in some cases, for school supplies and other things for the school year.

  Ga. Governor Brian Kemp participates in ribbon-cutting for Global Callcenter Solutions in Columbus

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp will be making a stop in the Fountain City tomorrow.

Watch out for Equifax settlement scheme

Officials say it's fake if they demand payment to file a claim.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB explains Equifax data breach settlement

Many of those impacted could be eligible for compensation. Equifax reached a $700 million settlement over the breach.

Muscogee Co. Sheriff’s Office warning of jury duty scam

A new take on an old scam is resurfacing and has caught the attention of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office.

Puerto Rican family displaced from Hurricane Maria opens specialty coffee shop in Columbus

A specialty coffee shop in Columbus bringing in bold flavors from Latin American and Africa is now open in Old Town.

Recall Alert: 180,000 smoke detectors recalled due to not detecting smoke

The company has received 134 reports of failure to properly activate during installation

Starbucks to serve new ‘Tie Dye Frappuccino’

Starbucks is a adding a fun new summer drink to its lineup.

  WTOC Investigates: Makeup expiration concerns

Millions of women wear makeup, but some don’t know that what you put on your face could be infecting and ruining your skin if you use expired makeup.

BBB Scam Alert: Don’t Be Fooled by a Fake Package Delivery Scam

With so many people shopping online, package deliveries are on the rise… doubling since 2010. Scammers, never missing a beat, are taking advantage of this to fool consumers into giving out their personal information.

RECALL ALERT: Toy Story 4 ‘Forky’ toy recalled for choking hazard

A plush toy depicting a character from Toy Story 4 is being recalled due to a choking hazard for young children.

  Parents spread the word of Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese

Sensory Sensitive Sundays are geared toward children with Autism. They feature dimmed lights, a quieter environment, and limited appearances by characters.

  Oxbow Meadows offering family friendly programs all summer

From alligator feedings to slime labs, Oxbow meadows is offering all sorts of exciting and educational programs this summer.

Georgia Power asking permission to increase prices

The utility company is seeking to increase customer rates by a little more than 7 percent next year.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of scam calls offering free DNA testing

According to the BBB, the scam is in an effort to obtain Medicare and Medicaid information.

Frozen spinach recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

Sprouts Farmers Market of Phoenix, Arizona recalled frozen cut leaf spinach conventional and organic 16 ounce bags. They were manufactured by National Frozen Foods of Oregon.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB gives tips on keeping information safe after a data breach

The Better Business Bureau gives tips on how to keep your information safe after a data breach.

Retail sales in Alabama are increasing

Retail sales across the country and in Alabama are on the rise.

  Miss GA Scholarship Competition to bring nearly $275K to Columbus economy

A total of 60 titleholders are in town for the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition and Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen Competition, all with family, friends and supporters.

  New manufacturing company and retailers leading to economic impact in Phenix City

Several new companies are finding their home in Phenix City, which could lead to a large economic impact in the community.

  Some Columbus residents could see increased property taxes

Increased property taxes were at the top of the discussion for Columbus city leaders at the first of three public hearings for the increase at the Citizens Service Center.

  Seat manufacturing company establishing facility, 100 jobs in Phenix City

An international automotive supplier is making its way to the Chattahoochee Valley.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB says to plan for long-term care early

Most Americans turning 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives, studies show.

  Gildan Yarns closing Columbus location, nearly 100 people losing jobs

A Columbus manufacturer is officially shutting its doors this summer.

  Public hearings set to discuss Columbus property taxes, increase for some

Columbus residents may have a higher rate of taxes to pay in the coming years if a new property tax proposal is approved.

  TSYS combines with Global Payments to form top technology payments company

One of Columbus’ top employers has struck a deal to form a top technology-enabled payments company.

Walmart offering grocery delivery in Columbus

To find out if you’re eligible for grocery delivery, visit www.walmart.com/grocery or the Walmart Grocery mobile app.

  Free meals available to Muscogee County students all summer long

Muscogee County students will not have to go hungry this summer as free meals will be available all summer long.

Cicis honoring police officers for law enforcement appreciation week

In recognition of Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, Cicis in Auburn is offering officers all the pizza they can eat.

  Columbus becomes one of four cities nationwide selling Burger King’s plant-based burger

Only four cities in the United States are selling Burger King’s new Impossible Whopper.

Coca-Cola celebrates 133rd birthday, but where was its birthplace?

Folks in Columbus have had a long-time rivalry with the people of Atlanta over claiming the world’s favorite drink.

#FeelYourWay with Burger King’s new mood-based meals

Burger King is throwing a bit of shade at McDonald’s over their iconic Happy Meals, saying “No one is happy all the time,” and developing new meals based on how you’re feeling at the moment.

Blue Bell Cookie Cake ice cream hits store shelves

The limited-time flavor contains pieces of chocolate chip cookie cake with swirls of icing throughout.