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Consumer Affairs: Vanity Scams

Monday, September 27, 2010 at 9:00 am
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Ever get a phone call, letter or e-mail from someone saying you've won a prestigious award, or a publisher wants to print your life story, or maybe that your daughter has been spotted by a talent scout? Often these are nothing more than scam artists playing on peoples pride or vanity, soliciting money in the process. Monday on the Sound of Ideas, Consumer Columnist Sheryl Harris of the Plain Dealer joins us to talk about so-called vanity scams - the lures that draw consumers in like "be the next star" and how to spot them for what they are. We'll also hear from local and national experts about what it really takes to be a star, an author or award winner.


Sheryl Harris, Consumer Columnist, The Plain Dealer
Victor Wlaszyn, President, The Better Business Bureau of Akron
Mary Doria Russell, Award Winning Novelist
Paula Dorn, Co-founder, BizParentz Foundation

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