Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama for January 28, 2013:
BBB - The Better Business Bureau investigates thousands of scams every year, and this past year launched two websites to help consumers figure out which offers are real and which ones are possibly frauds:
BBB Smart Investing www.bbb.org/smartinvesting developed in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, informs consumers about investment fraud, Ponzi schemes and risky investments, and helps them assess their risk, check out brokers, and avoid getting taken.
BBB Scam Stopper www.bbb.org/scamstopper, developed in partnership with Western Union, educates consumers about the major types of scams and provides information on how to avoid them and how to report them.
The annual "Top Ten Scams" list is culled from a variety of sources. BBB gathers information on scams from consumers, some of whom have been victims of scams; from federal agencies; and from other reliable information sources.
Here are BBB's Top Ten Scams of 2012:
Top Overpayment/Fake Check Scam: Car Ads
Top Emergency Scam: Grandparents Scam
Top Employment Scam: Mystery Shopping
Top Advance Fee/Prepayment Scam: Nonexistent Loans
Top Phishing Scam: President Obama Will Pay Your Utility Bills
Top Sweepstakes/Lottery Scam: Jamaican Phone Lottery
Top Identity Theft Scam: Fake Facebook Tweets
Top Home Improvement Scam: Sandy "Storm Chasers"
Top Sales/Rental Scam: Real Stars, Fake Goods
Scam of the Year: Newtown Charity Scams
For more information on these and other scams, go to BBB Scamstopper http://www.bbb.org/scamstopper. Sign up for our Scam Alerts and learn about new scams as soon as we do.
BETH K - That whole grains "stamp of approval" you see on some foods may not be your best bet when choosing healthy grains. The Whole Grains Council's "stamp of approval" was roundly criticized in a study by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health. The Harvard researchers concluded that many of the stamped foods are also high in sugar. The Whole Grain Council - who issues the whole grain seal of approval - is disputing the study of several grounds. For more information, read http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_133194.html. Our nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin recommends when you buy whole grains, look for "100% Whole Grain" as much as possible, Whole Grain as the first ingredient on the ingredients list, and remember that 4 grams "sugars" = 1 teaspoon.
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from SWATS Fitness on the Fultondale-Gardendale line with Mitch Ross. For more information call (205) 281-3488.
ASK THE GARDENER - Our expert, Sallie Lee joined us today with Ask the Gardener. Sallie is an Extention Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extention System.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, are you an artist? Join us to get details on how to enter the Energen Art Competition! Are you ready for the Good Day Challenge? We run down the list of what you need to add to your diet and remove from your diet for the next 30 days! We kick it off on Wednesday so join us tomorrow to get all the details you need! Our fishing expert joins us to take your questions - you get your chance to ask the angler! Have a second property? Our financial expert joins us with advice to save you money on your taxes! And we check out the new movies and music hitting store shelves! Join us for all of this that and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!
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