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Get Financially Fit: A Step-By-Step Plan Video included

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April is Financial Literacy Month, so it's time to think about getting financially fit.  Let's start with two questions:  Do you know how much you spend each month?  How much of your check should you save? More>>

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DON'T MISS: Tax Deductions and Credits Video included

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Let's finish up our tax time filing tips that we've offered this season with a quick look at deductions and credits too many folks forget.
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'Call for Action' Success Video included

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A Fox 5 viewer got frustrated after the county tore up his yard then left the mess.  So, he turned to our "Call for Action" team for help.  And he got it. 
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IRS: Two Scam Warnings Video included

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We have two warnings coming from the IRS.  The first one is what investigators call the "largest ever" phone fraud scam targeting taxpayers. More>>

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Residential Elevator Dangers Worse than Originally Thought Video included

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Spring break is the first wave of family beach get-aways, but be careful before you book a house with an elevator. An expert says entrapment of children is a growing problem.
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Grand Jury sought in Douglas County D.A. investigation.

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It is a major development in the GBI investigation of long time Douglas County District Attorney David McDade.
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Missing wheelchair incites investigation Video included

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The FOX 5 I-Team is going to bat for a woman whose dispute with a personal care home owner has left her bedridden. More>>

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Payday Loan Pitfalls Video included

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A new study reaffirms what financial experts keep saying:  Payday loans are simply a bad idea. They trap the already financially vulnerable. In Georgia, payday loans are illegal, but people still get taken. More>>

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Tree Service Troubles Video included

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With the icy winter just behind us and the windy spring just ahead, a lot of folks think this time of year about those tall trees in the yard. 
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Land Bank House Mistakes Video included

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The idea is to take rundown houses in decaying neighborhoods, turn them around with tax dollars and inject new life into a community. More>>

False Labeling Warning Video included

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Ever buy a face cream that just didn't work the way it was advertised? Or, maybe a health supplement that didn't live up to the hype? many of us do but few of us file a complaint.  More>>

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Your Tax Questions Answered Video included

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This tax season the FOX 5 I-Team will have some of your pressing tax questions answered by our go-to tax expert, Bill Nemeth.
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Local used car salesman arrested Video included

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A used car salesman who continues to pop up on the I-Team radar screen has now been arrested. More>>

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Aqua Clear hit with massive fine Video included

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A Marietta company exposed in a Fox5 I-Team hidden camera investigation last year has been ordered to pay $847,480.
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Hidden Fees in Pre-Paid Cards Video included

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Pre-paid Cards are gaining popularity. They're easy to use, but there's often a catch.
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I-Team Investigates: Facebook felons Video included

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The Fox 5 I-Team has learned one of the four people accused of leading police on a high speed chase last week had just made parole after staying in touch with friends on the outside through Facebook. More>>

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Netflix falls victim to phishing scam

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If you are a Netflix customer, listen up: There could be a very new phishing scam greeting you when you try to log onto your account.
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County refuses to pay damages from ice storm Video included

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It's been more than a month since many Atlantans parked on the roadside and decided it was better to walk than to try to drive on icy roads.
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I-Team investigates airport construction costs Video included

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The Atlanta City Council has voted to pay around $10 million to cover certain construction costs to food vendors at the airport. More>>

Inmate families claim ‘Parole Advocates’ no friend at all Video included

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Desperate family members of Georgia inmates claim an ex-con took their money and dashed their hopes.
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I-Team: Guns found in schools - Search county-by-county Video included

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We analyzed five years worth of mandatory reporting data. More than 300 real handguns or rifles discovered. Watch our investigation and search the data for yourself. More>>

I-Team EXCLUSIVE: Jamming prison cell phones Video included

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Georgia inmates use smuggled cell phones to plot crimes on the outside. The Fox5 I-Team gets an exclusive look at how authorities are using technology and boots on the ground to fight back.
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Changes coming to your 2013 taxes Video included

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Many of you are getting ready to sit at the kitchen table with receipts and paperwork spread out to start preparing your tax return. But before you start, let's look at the changes for 2013.
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I-Team: The truth behind parole advocates Video included

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A Suwanee company called Parole Advocates says exactly what desperate family members hope to hear: there's a way to help their loved one get out of prison early.
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Court hearing brings new details of 'lucky dog' scandal Video included

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Rabun County prosecutors dropped a bombshell in an animal shelter scandal first uncovered by the Fox5 I-Team. Authorities suggested a possible motive for the former animal shelter director.
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FOX 5 I-Team: A Wheelchair for Keyla Video included

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We have a "Call for Action" success story with a twist. A dog owner had an unusual request: Could our all-volunteer group help her dog get a wheelchair?
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New rental car gas charges: What you should know

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At some point, there's a good chance you'll rent a car-- so you'll want to beware of a new charge that's sometimes being tacked onto your price. More>>

I-Team: When the same name means a major identity mix-up

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It's not unusual for people with relatively common names to run into someone with the same name.  But these days, with so much of our business generated on the faceless internet, it's easy for one person's identity to get mixed up with someone else's. More>>

FOX 5 I-Team: Is bad gas a "real" problem? Video included

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It's not uncommon for FOX 5 to get calls from people complaining about bad gas or not enough gas from gas pumps. But how common is the problem? More>>

I-Team: Not knowing rules of shopping a costly mistake Video included

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With holiday shopping drawing closer by the day, there's no time like the present to remind ourselves of the rules and regulations of today's ever-changing return policies. More>>

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State reacts to I-Team home elevator investigation Video included

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The state promised action after seeing an I-Team investigation on the hidden dangers of residential elevators, and the Insurance Commissioner has delivered.
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I-Team: Slew of fines wrongly put Atlanta driver in HOT seat Video included

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Here's the story of one very frustrated Douglas County woman.  She keeps getting tickets in the mail for grabbing free rides in the HOT lanes.  Only, she says she doesn't use the HOT lanes -- at all. More>>

I-Team: Before tossing your phone, wipe it clean! Video included

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Before you toss out or sell your old phone, the I-Team's Dana Fowle has some useful recycling tips to pass along. More>>

I-TEAM: Settlements for some in Bishop Eddie Long's congregation Video included

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He came into church with promises of riches for Bishop Eddie Long's congregation.He left with nearly a million dollars in investments, and according to a lawsuit, nearly all of it was lost. More>>

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State to hold local travel agency in contempt Video included

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The state is asking a judge to hold a local travel agency in contempt of court for taking clients' money but not providing the trips or returning that cash.
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BBB: Calling back may cost you Video included

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More often scammers are getting to you through your cell phone. And this latest trick actually has you calling them.
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AT&T spoofing scam hijacked phones, used for int'l calls Video included

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Now for a story you'll see first on FOX 5. AT&T tells the FOX 5 I-Team that it is at the front-end of battling a scheme to defraud customers. More>>

I-Team: What's in your wallet? Video included

Most of us at some point will either lose a wallet or have it stolen.  Here's a list of things to leave out of your wallet, just in case. More>>

I-Team: Buckhead biz offering discount is no deal at all Video included

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A Buckhead company that offers local services, like massage, for a discount is turning out to be no deal at all, so says state investigators. More>>

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Missing Wedding Photos resurface Video included

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A newly married couple's months-long situation comes to an end. More>>

I-Team: Travel agent dashes Girl Scouts' dreams of Disney Video included

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It's many a child's dream: to visit the Disney World.  But, it's even more medical when you've saved your own money for the trip. In this case, though, the trip to Orlando is memorable for all of the wrong reasons. More>>

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Regulators order composting plant in Toccoa to close Video included

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Shut it down -- that's the order from state regulators for a Toccoa composting plant that the FOX 5 I-Team first investigated more than a year ago. More>>

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I-Team exposes taxpayers wasting tax dollars Video included

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The FOX 5 I-Team found that millions of dollars of materials are gone from local libraries. More>>

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Parents duped by Child Support collection agency Video included

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A big development for Georgia parents ripped off by a child support collection agency. The man at the helm as pleaded guilty in federal court. For years parents complained that money they paid to take More>>

I-Team: Watch out for bogus tech support calls Video included

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There is a federal crackdown on bogus tech support calls. Fake service calls are really an attempt to steal your private computer information or make money off of you. More>>

Security breach on Fulton County court website Video included

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Some are calling it a massive security breach that exposed people's birth dates and social security numbers on line, for anyone to see.
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FOX 5 I-Team: Quick House Fixes Video included

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If you're putting your house on the market, it's time to get it into shape. And there is a way to do it with inexpensive fixes that can make your home pop without crushing your wallet. And it all starts More>>

Family paying down debt ends up in deeper than before Video included

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A debt consolidator responsible for helping people climb out of debt has closed down. And, when their doors shut, so did their communications with consumers who trusted them with their money. More>>

FOX 5 I-Team: The Rule of 752 Video included

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We always hear that small expenses can really add up, but sometimes that's hard to visualize. So, we've found a way that just might do the trick: The Rule of 752. What's that? It's about helping you More>>

I-Team: Your marijuana investment could go up in smoke Video included

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OK, listen up.  If you haven't received a pitch yet for what is being touted as a great, new investment opportunity. Well just wait, you probably will.
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FOX 5 I-Team: Newlyweds search for missing photos Video included

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After a wedding it's the wedding picture that really holds the special place after the event. Massa Hoff wanted the pictures to be right. After all she made the poor 'fella' wait long enough.
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FOX 5 I-Team: Prices on the rise in 2014 Video included

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Along with the New Year, we can expect new and more expensive prices for things like groceries, healthcare and of course, postage.
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I-Team: U.S. Post Office warns of phony, fake e-mail scam Video included

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An alert from FOX 5's I-Team about a new scam e-mail making the rounds. This time you might think you're getting an e-mail from the U.S. Post Office. Not quite. More>>

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Woman to serve 9 years for homeless tax scam Video included

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The owner of a tax preparation service exposed by the Fox5 I-Team will spend more than nine years in  federal prison. More>>

I-Team: Nailing down roofers who took money, didn't finish job

After surviving Katrina, when a March storm came through damaging her roof, Terrylynn Pierre figured she'd fix it and move on -- not a big deal. Sadly, she was very, very wrong.
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First look at proposed changes in state forfeiture laws Video included

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Governor Nathan Deal wants more transparency and accountability in Georgia's complex laws dealing with seized drug money. More>>

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Undercover recordings describe ricin plot Video included

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Testimony continued Thursday in the trial of two Stephens County men accused of trying to manufacture ricin wanted to target Washington, D.C. and Mexican immigrants. More>>

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Informant testifies in Ga. militia plot trial Video included

A law enforcement informant testified that two north Georgia men were involved in serious conversations about plotting against the federal government. More>>

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City Council votes to end ethics investigation of Johns Creek mayor Video included

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A bitter internal investigation of the mayor of Johns Creek has come to an end. More>>

I-Team: Seniors more apt to see good, be victims of bad

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It's unfortunate, but happens all too often. More and more, senior citizens find themselves of predatory scams. But, why? More>>

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Prosecutor: 2 men plotted against government sites Video included

A prosecutor says two Georgia men plotted to make poison to use against government officials and federal buildings, while defense attorneys said the pair were simply talking big but committed no crimes. More>>

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Trial to begin for 2 retirees accused in Ga. militia plot Video included

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Two members of a Georgia militia are on trial in Gainesville, Ga. on charges they plotted to make and spread ricin in Atlanta and other major cities. More>>

I-Team: Avoid movie ticket sticker shock Video included

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Going to see your favorite movie can cost you big. In some cases, a single ticket can cost upwards of $17.00.
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I-Team: Call For Action & The case of the disappearing diamonds Video included

FOX 5's in-house CFA volunteers worked with them to rescue the bride's diamonds from a now closed jewelry store. More>>

I-Team: National spike in young adults moving back home Video included

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Recently there's been a national spike in the trend of more sons and daughters moving back in with their parents than at any time since the 1950's. More>>

I-Team: Do's & Don'ts with your Social Security number Video included

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Identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints here in the U.S. So, it's that much more important to keep your personal information… well… personal. More>>

FOX 5 'Call for action' celebrates 2013 successes Video included

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It's been a big year for our FOX 5 Call For Action team. With more than a dozen volunteers, Call For Action has helped viewers get money back from bad car repairs to sorting out warranties.
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I-Team: State takes on payday lender Western Sky Financial Video included

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The Attorney General's Office says an out-of-state pay lender is operating illegally in Georgia by offering loans with crushing interest rates of up to 340 percent. More>>

I-Team: Apple to swap out dangerous knock-off chargers Video included

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There have been some frightening headlines in the last few weeks concerning customers being shocked – one person electrocuted – by their knock-off iPhone charger. More>>

I-Team: CFA turns up heat on botched budget billing

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I-Team's Dana Fowle looked into the story of a woman whose utility bill became so confusing that event the utility company had trouble figuring it out. More>>

State leader responds to I-Team home elevator investigation Video included

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Residential elevators are in many newer homes. They're not just for the rich. With an aging population and houses built up, not out, elevators are becoming more common.
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Flood-damaged cars: How to spot one

After Hurricane Sandy, flood-damaged vehicles started washing up, and con men then started cleaning them up.  Often those saltwater-soaked automobiles are sold to unsuspecting customers who think they're a run-of-the-mill used car. More>>

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Another former Gwinnett County inmate joins lawsuit over restraint chairs Video included

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Another former Gwinnett County inmate has joined a federal lawsuit claiming jailers subjected him to "sadistic pain." More>>

Beware of Overstock.com imposters Video included

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Many use the website overstock.com for online shopping.  The site is so popular, that the Better Business Bureau says lots of sites are using the word "overstock" in the name to confuse you. More>>

I-Team: State cracks down on shady locksmith biz Video included

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Georgia is cracking down on a locksmith company after allegations of them taking advantage of its customers. More>>

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More complaints lodged against solar panel contractor Video included

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Customers of a troubled solar panel contractor claim he's been far more naughty than nice. More>>

Call For Action: Why a viewer turned volunteer Video included

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Lydia Walker's experience with a car repair shop led her to filing a complaint with a car manufacturer, and volunteering to help Call For Action.
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I-Team: Top auto theft targets, how not to become a victim Video included

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What can you do in 44 seconds? It may not seem like a lot of time; but, according to a new study, every 44 seconds a vehicle is stolen.  Georgia is one of the top 10 states. More>>

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Stockbridge city manager cleared of police impersonation charges Video included

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An outside investigation has cleared the Stockbridge city manager. He was accused of pretending to be a cop while stopping a trucker in South Georgia. More>>

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Georgia National Guard commander's trip to Paris criticized Video included

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Because the budget slashing sequestration, the Department of Defense stopped sending its military aircraft to air shows. More>>

I-Team: Some retailers concerned about 'Square' card readers Video included

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It's pretty normal now to use "Square" to pay for a purchase. It's a card reader that attaches to a smartphone. Shoppers love the convenience of not carrying cash. 
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I-Team: Floyd Co. Sergeant dodges DUI for demotion Video included

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A county police officer is questioned for drinking and driving. But, rather than get a DUI, he walks away with a demotion. More>>

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Residents say something stinks in Toccoa Video included

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People in Toccoa say you can't understand their situation until you take a deep whiff of what they have to smell. More>>

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Controversial Hindu preacher faces criminal charges Video included

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A controversial Hindu preacher with a penchant for suing disillusioned followers has returned to Atlanta in handcuffs. More>>

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Questions raised about campaign season loan to Mayor Kasim Reed Video included

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A campaign season loan made to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is raising a number of questions. More>>

Credit bureaus discuss new credit score formula Video included

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The credit bureaus are looking into a new way to measure your credit rating. The big three are always trying to figure out what kind of credit risk you are. More>>

I-Team: Local man pays high price in online dating scam Video included

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Before diving into the wide world of online dating, here's a cautionary tale from one who paid a high price in his search for love.
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I-Team: Simple steps, big savings in debt consolidation Video included

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Wouldn't it be nice to manage some of your debt a little better? There are a few ways to do it. A company like CredAbility can help!
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I-Team: Soleus Air Dehumidifier pulled for fire hazard Video included

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A home dehumidifier once rated a "best buy" by Consumer Reports is being pulled from shelves everywhere. It's at the manufacturer's request. More>>

I-Team: Finding the best air fares Video included

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Some of you have been looking at airline tickets so that you can head out over the holidays, but it is always a gamble trying to figure out when to get the best price. More>>

I-Team: 'Tire Rental' gains traction as alternative to buying Video included

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Too many families can no longer afford to buy four new tires, so they've turned to an alternative way of getting them. It's called ‘tire rental.' More>>

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Questions raised about Children's Wish Foundation Video included

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The Children's Wish Foundation in Sandy Springs has collected money for wishes for more than 25 years. A FOX 5 I-Team investigation raises disturbing questions about just who this longtime Atlanta-based charity really helps the most. More>>

Holiday layaway options: What you should know

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Layaway is back for the holidays, but this year, there are some changes.  FOX 5 I-Team reporter Dana Fowle got the scoop on how big box retailers have tweaked their programs. More>>

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Veterans angered after man accused of faking Purple Heart honored Video included

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A former Holly Springs officer accused of faking his Purple Heart was involved in a surprising celebration. More>>

I-Team: Dry cleaners go "green" Video included

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Wherever you go, you can see businesses these days going "green." We carry recycled grocery bags, buy organic food and wear eco-friendly clothes. More>>

Holiday refunds and exchanges: What you need to know Video included

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Holiday shopping season is here, and lots of people are already well on their way to finishing that list.  But if you start too early, there can be a downside, and it's all about the ability to return a gift later.
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Have you ever made a big apartment mistake?  The FOX 5 I-Team has three rules to help you avoid an apartment nightmare-- and the contacts you need if you're already in one.  Just click here! More>>

Apartment nightmares: Where to get help

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Apartment complaints can often be settled by simply discussing your concerns with the landlord. If that doesn't work, though, you may want to seek help from your local code enforcement office or county health department.  Click here to find out who to contact.
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Easy steps to winterize your home

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We've already seen first-hand evidence that winter is on its way—but is your house ready yet?  If the answer is no, FOX 5 I-Team reporter Dana Fowle's ways to stay warm and save you cash might be just what you need. More>>

I-Team: 'Techsmart' targets military with special financing Video included

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Georgia recently gave a California-based electronics company the boot.  State officials say Techsmart took advantage of soldiers with "military financing."
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I-Team: Smart holiday spending tips Video included

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According to the finance blog Mint.com, consumers will collectively spend more in the last five weeks of the year on gifts than was spent the first 47. More>>

Staying on budget: There's an app for that

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For lots of people, sticking to a budget is like sticking to your diet.  It's tricky-- but there are ways to make it easier.
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Some counties ban sale of pipes used to smoke meth Video included

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A growing number of metro counties are targeting convenience stores in the battle against meth addiction. More>>

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Some Atlanta fire officials work for same clubs they inspect Video included

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City of Atlanta fire inspectors are supposed to make sure you're safe from fire, whether it's an outdoor festival or an indoor nightclub. But our FOX 5 I-team found some city inspectors are working extra jobs for the very same nightclubs their office inspects.
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State auditor to investigate Ethics Commission Video included

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The State Ethics Commission is calling for a state investigation of its own staff. More>>

I-Team: Mistaken Identity problem apology Video included

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The law firm that took the wrong man to court over mistaken identity has tracked him down again. More>>

I-Team: Slashing, savings for your cellphone bill Video included

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Before you know it, the price of a cellphone plan can really get away from you.There's the price of just the phone, the data plan and also texting costs. It all adds up.But, the I-Team's Dana Fowle can More>>

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Pipes used to smoke crystal meth sold at convenience stores Video included

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A FOX 5 I-Team hidden camera investigation reveals that your neighborhood convenience store could be helping meth addicts do drugs. More>>

Change My Address: Warning to postal customers

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Moving?  If the answer is yes, then filling out a change of address form through the Post Office is on your to-do list.  But the Better Business Bureau warns that there is a company confusing folks into thinking they are the Post Office.
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I-Team: Banks cashing in on overdraft protection charges Video included

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Conventional wisdom is that if you opt into your bank's overdraft protection plan, then you will save money.But, I-Team's Dana Fowle recently saw a study that says that's not necessarily the case. More>>

I-Team: Home elevator dangers Video included

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Home elevators are being installed in more homes lately, but they don't have the same safety features as those in commercial buildings and it is cause some children to get hurt or even die. More>>

I-Team: Parents, watch out for kids using snapchat mobile app Video included

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Parents, here's another tech trend that your children are using, but that you might not know about yet. It's called snapchat. More>>

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Sheriff's investigator doubted Douglas DA David McDade's stolen guns report Video included

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When the Douglas County district attorney reported he was the victim of a crime, it sparked a Douglas County Sheriff's Office investigation. But the lead investigator on that stolen gun case told his bosses he didn't believe the district attorney's story. More>>

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Hidden camera exposes a vacation company's broken promises Video included

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They dangle those two words we all love to hear: free vacation.  But in Georgia, free has to mean free, otherwise it can mean trouble for the travel company making those promises. More>>

Call For Action: Oil change success story Video included

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When an engine goes, we know that is costly.  But the cost is even harder to swallow when it's not your fault. More>>

I-Team: Robo-call scam claims to be Life Alert Video included

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FOX5 I-Team's Dana Fowle has this important story on a robo-call that consumer advocates say it targeted at trick the elderly. More>>

I-Team: Before you pack up, be sure to lock up! Video included

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We all get excited about leaving town and going on vacation, so we tend to tell everyone about it. But, a word of caution before spreading the good news. More>>

Used car sales: The downside

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A used car fits a lot more nicely into many budgets than does a brand new automobile, and you might think skipping the dealership and buying direct from an owner will save you some money. But there's a serious downside to consider. More>>

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Deputy Chief: Clayton County firefighters 'misled' by charity Video included

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A top Clayton County fire chief says firefighters were angry to learn some of the money donated during recent boot drives did not go to charities. More>>

I-Team: What rising mortgage rates mean for home buyers Video included

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You may have noticed – or, at least heard – that mortgage rates are starting to inch up again. The I-Team's Dana Fowle is here to help you understand what this change means for home buyers right now. More>>

I-Team: Green Dot card scam warning

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Lots of people are relying on Green Dot cards to shop or pay bills.   It's a re-loadable pre-paid debit card, but it's cash in hand, so if someone gets hold of that number, it can be drained of money in no time. More>>

I-Team: Online deals that are too good to be true Video included

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The Internet offers that great opportunity to find a better price on a hard-to-find item. As soon as you see it, you want to snatch it up. But, not so fast!
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Fired officer in Henry County sex scandal fights to get her job back Video included

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A former Henry County police officer accused of risqué behavior with some of her coworkers claims that she's the real victim. More>>

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Woman at center of Henry County sex scandal identified Video included

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The FOX 5 I-Team has confirmed the identity of the fired police officer at the heart of a sex scandal in Henry County. More>>

Assisted living home secrets: What you should know

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For many of us, the time will come when we have to help situate a parent in an assisted living home.  They're not for everyone, but it's a midway stop between their home and a nursing home.  Your loved one may really need to be in a nursing home, and if that's the case, putting them in an ALH could be dangerous. More>>

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Gwinnett County makes changes to blood-seizing practice Video included

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The Gwinnett County jail has backed off a controversial practice in how they seize blood from suspected drunk drivers. More>>

Double check your medical bills for costly errors

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Do you double check your medical bill before pay? You should!
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Tips to help you lower your credit card APR

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Credit card rates can inch up pretty high if you don't keep an eye on them.  It happens because of lowered credit ratings or late payments, but it's not impossible to push that number back down.
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Beware of new credit card surcharges

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Retailers got the go-ahead to pass along some extra charges to you, but not without some rules attached.  You might not have noticed them just yet, but you should be on the lookout. More>>

I-Team: When to use your credit card

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You might think putting your credit card away is your best bet, but that's not always the case.  There are times when it should be your go-to payment method, and FOX 5 I-Team reporter Dana Fowle tells you why. More>>

Should you buy refurbished electronics?

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Electronics like phones, TVs and computers are expensive.  But there is a way to get a deal: buy them refurbished.   That means used-- but fixed up to be "like new." FOX 5 I-Team reporter Dana Fowle gives you some ideas about how to wade through what items are good to buy used, and which ones are better bought brand new. More>>

I-Team: Animal advocate charged with abandonment

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In a crazy twist, a local woman known by her neighbors and friends as an animal advocate is charged with animal abandonment.  The case started when she dropped a stray kitten off at a shelter. More>>

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GBI investigating break-in of Douglas Co. DA's county car Video included

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There's another twist in the ongoing investigation of Douglas County District Attorney David McDade. More>>

I-Team: Case dismissed against contractor

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A Gwinnett County man whose house was nearly destroyed in a police shootout has got more bad news.  The case against the contractor accused of taking his money instead of repairing his home has been dismissed. More>>

Memorial Day sales: Do your homework and save

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It's Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means: hamburgers, pools, and yes-- big-time sales.  This weekend marks one of the biggest for sales amongst retailers, and no matter where you shop, there's a good chance they're offering a deal. More>>

Affordable braces? Tips to help you save

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Americans are known for their pearly whites, but we pay for it—and it isn't cheap.  If you have more than one child who needs braces, you have quite an expense on your hands—but FOX 5 I-Team reporter Dana Fowle found some ways to make it a little more manageable.
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I-Team: 'Pinkwashing' warning

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It's October, and pink is everywhere.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, everyone from family members to football players are posing in pink.  And while good charities are raising money, the FOX 5 I-Team wants to warn you about something called "pinkwashing." More>>

Study says fewer bank accounts is better for saving

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How many bank accounts do you have?  Most of us have a few.  But it might be time to start paring down.
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FTC warns of telephone 'utility bill scam'

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An old telephone scam with a new twist is picking up steam.  It's bad enough that the Federal Trade Commission has just issued a warning about what it calls "the utility bill scam."   So how can you defend yourself? More>>

Tips to help you negotiate healthcare bills

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There's a lot of talk about healthcare these days, but the I-Team has news that will empower you!  If you end up in the hospital, the bill you get afterwards can be shocking.  Insurance might cover some of it, but for a lot of people, that's not the case.  If you've ever wondered how you'll pay a big bill like that, we've got some suggestions. More>>

FOX 5 I-Team investigates

I-Team examines Clayton Co. Fire Dept. Boot Drive donations Video included

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For the past seven years, Clayton County firefighter charities collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from boot drives and gave most of the money to other charities. However, an audit obtained by the FOX 5 I-Team said that Clayton County should sever all ties with the charity. More>>

David vs. Goliath: Tom Sullivan's best eBay advice

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For decades, Atlantans have woken up to Tom Sullivan on their radios.  But you might not know that he's also somewhat of an expert eBay seller, and he's got quite a story to tell. More>>

I-Team: Identity mix-up goes to court Video included

The FOX 5 I-Team's Dana Fowle first explained last week the problem one of the FOX 5 Atlanta family was having with debt collectors mistaking him for another man. It's a mess that ended up in court.
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How to choose the right summer camp for your kids Video included

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Summer is a break for kids, but you still need to keep them busy. So you sign them up for camp, hoping to keep the kids entertained at a safe camp and all at an affordable price.
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3 Henry County police sergeants demoted after sex scandal Video included

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Three Henry County police officers have lost their jobs and three others were demoted in the wake of a sex scandal involving a female officer. More>>

Should you refinance your mortgage? Video included

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With mortgage rates at historic lows, it has many people thinking about refinancing. Cutting your mortgage payment down sounds like a good idea, but, refinancing is not for everybody.
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Home staging can help sell your home Video included

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The housing market is making a comeback, and that's great news.  But, there is still some work you have to do to get buyers interested in your home. So, what can you do to make your home stand out against the others? More>>

Is renter's insurance affordable? Video included

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There are more renters in homes and apartments than ever before.  But, according to national statistics, more than half don't have renter's insurance. More>>

Metro Atlanta housing market sees comeback Video included

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Houses are selling again, and that's good news for many people. In fact, there aren't enough houses on the market for the number of buyers out there looking. More>>

Beware of sneaky credit card charges Video included

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Most of us are on alert for obvious fraudulent charges on our credits cards. But, what you are more likely to miss are what are called gray charges -- $5 here, $20 there – and it can go on and on. More>>

Federal raid threatens supplemental insurance for thousands

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Federal agents raided the Florida headquarters of Universal Health Care, shutting down the offices and leaving hundreds of employees out of work.  The move means 7,500 Georgians could potentially be without supplemental health insurance. More>>

Pay yourself first when it comes to savings, retirement Video included

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Financial planning is more important than it's ever been. There are fears that Social Security won't be there when you need it, and companies rarely offer pensions anymore. More>>

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Tax service in hot water over preparing returns Video included

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Every year people pay too much to have tax returns prepared, and usually they are returns that can easily be done for free. But, if you really hate doing your own return, you might want to pay anyway – but only so much. More>>

Saving money at the grocery store Video included

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Going to the grocery store is probably just one more thing on your to-do list. Grocers, on the other hand, take your each and every visit very seriously. The sales, even the lay out of the store, are designed to get you to buy more. More>>

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Watch Brokers target of federal investigation Video included

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A Buckhead business the I-Team first exposed is now the target of a federal investigation. Watch Brokers dealt in pricey time pieces until investigators shut them down. So, what's happening to the millions of dollars customers want back? More>>

Take advantage of reinstated tax breaks Video included

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It's March and the fiscal cliff fallout continues.  If you haven't done your taxes yet, or even if you have, there are some retroactive rules you will want to know about. More>>

I-Team: Drivers using cellphones cause 24% car crashes Video included

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Ready for some sobering driving stats?  The number of car crashes involving cell phone use is on the rise.  Despite all of the information out there about the risks, and laws in place to cut back on texting and driving, things are getting worse.
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Are you getting the mechanic runaround? Video included

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What happens if you dropped your car off at the shop and you can't get your mechanic to finish the job? Or your truck is ready, but not at the price you originally agreed to pay?  Is there anything you can do? More>>

How to reduce the junk mail in your mailbox Video included

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Junk mail still comes in the mail, and it can be just as maddening as an inbox filled with unwanted solicitations. More>>

When moving, it pays to plan ahead Video included

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Moving season is just ahead of us, and that means rogue moving companies are getting ready to try to get your business. More>>

Beware of vacation scams arriving in the mail Video included

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Spring is just nine days away, so it's the time for shady vacation offers to starting coming in the mail. So, how can avoid being taken by these cheap, maybe even free, vacation offers? More>>

Do your homework when it comes to home warranties

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Last summer was extremely hot, and it wasn't a good time to have an air conditioner break down. A young family found themselves in that predicament, and their home warranty turned out to be no guarantee at all. More>>

Ask Consumer Ed: Should you co-sign a loan?

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You may have been tempted to help a friend or family member by cosigning a loan for them, but is it really a good idea?
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Tax time: Can you deduct medical expenses?

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If you haven't tackled those taxes yet, we've got some information you want to know.  It's a complicated maze trying to sort out what you can deduct and what you can't, but if you're wondering about deducting medical expenses, FOX 5 I-Team reporter Dana Fowle can help.
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Group finds fish mislabeled in restaurants, sushi bars Video included

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If you're a fish and sushi lover, there is a good chance you might not be eating what you ordered. A recent investigation uncovered what it calls "widespread seafood fraud." More>>

FTC shuts down company, alleges $25M in unauthorized charges Video included

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The Federal Trade Commission has temporarily shut down a company it claims billed consumers to the tune of $25 million without their consent. More>>

Why do we buy products made overseas? Video included

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Buying only products labeled 'Made in America' sounds good, but talking about it and doing it are two different things. Many labels and packages on U.S. shelves show foreign countries. What's harder to find is a 'Made in the USA' tag. More>>

Avoid costly mistakes this tax season Video included

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It's tax season and that means many of us are getting our paperwork together. Before you file, make sure you are not committing any tax blunders that can cost you money.
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Do you know today's drug slang? Video included

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With each generation of young people comes new drug slang. But in this case, what you don't know can hurt your child. Not only are the names new to parents, but the drugs they represent are new too. More>>

Circuit breaker panels pose fire danger

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Circuit breaker panels aren't very interesting, and they're usually hidden away from view.  But, they are a vital part of home safety.   So what happens when instead of preventing fires, they start them instead?  FOX 5 I-Team reporter Dana Fowle has a look in an investigation on circuit breaker panels that are in homes everywhere. More>>

New judge, same problems at DeKalb traffic court Video included

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As the I-Team's Dana Fowle discovered, a new chief judge at the DeKalb County Recorders Court doesn't mean the internal process is by any means problem-free. More>>

Last minute Valentine's Day gift ideas for under $35 Video included

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Valentine's Day less than 24 hours away and if you still haven't gotten your significant other that perfect gift, we have you covered! Good Day Atlanta has some last-minute gift ideas, all for under $35! More>>

Are BPA-free plastics really safe? Video included

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Many parents buy BPA-free plastic because they think it's safer for their children. A new scientific study says that might not be risk-free after all. More>>

What's in your eggs?

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Next time you're at the grocery store, take a long look at the egg section.  It's changed a lot in recent years.  Eggs are back in favor, and now stores stock up on every kind you can imagine.  What's so special about them?  FOX 5 I-Team reporter Dana Fowle asked the experts. More>>

Local wig business gets bad reviews online

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Wigs are a big, big business these days. Lots of web sites have popped up offering the latest styles, but there is a local company making an online splash for its bad reviews.  In fact, the complaints have come from as far away as Dubai. More>>

Call for Action: Mr. Johnson's minivan Video included

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Sidney Johnson owns a minivan free and clear, but getting to that point was a bumpy ride. More>>

Call for Action: Your computer's money back guarantee Video included

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If something goes wrong with your computer, who exactly will refund your money? The answer might surprise you!
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I-TEAM: No-Show judges at the Atlanta Municipal Court Video included

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On a rainy Monday morning, hundreds line up at the Atlanta Municipal Court. Most of them made the trek for the same reason; to resolve a traffic ticket. But it turns out some made the trip for nothing. More>>

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