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Shopping online for gifts? Check out these safety tips

Consumer expert tips on cyber safety

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–If you are shopping online this season, you need to keep some safety tips in mind say consumer experts. According to the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, one tip tip keep in mind, do not use public wi-fi when shopping. Storing credit card information on a site you frequent can be convenient, but also risky if there’s…

Consumers News at 5: Free Flu Shots and Fun Foods

Consumer and health news with Crysty Vaughan

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– This one is for all you sweet tooths out there. This month Oreo is releasing mystery Oreos. and dunking that Oreo could pay off in $50,00 in cash. The limited edition Oreo’s look like the original, but taste completely different. Each package will have one of three clues. You have a chance to win 50-thousand dollars if…

Tips to protect your information from identity thieves this tax season

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– It’s that time of year again, Tax time. It’s also time for thieves to try and take advantage of you and your personal information.  The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is sharing  tips to help consumers protect their refund and personal information this tax season: File early. File as early as possible. Identity thieves use consumer information…

City Water Officials urge customers to verify official Door Hangar Notices

COLUMBIA,  SC (WOLO) — Columbia Water is asking residents to be on alert for misleading door hangar notices. Water officials say there are some misleading service shut off notices showing up on the doors of some Irmo homes. According to water officials, the hangars claim that the homeowner is in jeopardy of having their water service turned off if a payment…

Consumer News: Free Shred Day in Chapin

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–You can get rid of your old bills and paperwork this week in a Free Shred Day. The Chapin Police Department and Shred360 are hosting a free Shred Event on Thursday, October 26 from 10 am to 12 pm in the Chapin Town Hall parking lot, located at 157 NW Columbia Avenue. This free service is open to Chapin area…

Gas Prices/Macy’s Closings: Consumer Minute

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The New year means cash for on-line retailers, according to experts, the holiday season was good for on-line sales. But brick and mortar stores saw traffic due to deep discounts. It may not be a good year for stores in 2017 , with more closings expected. This week Macy’s reported falling sales. Macy’s also says it will…