Disaster repair scams target the most vulnerable. Here’s how to avoid them

No sooner had the ice thawed from this winter’s ferocious storms than the disaster repair scams appeared like spring weeds. They promised a speedy and painless recovery but delivered little — or nothing.
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Scam alert! In this hyperactive hurricane season, the worst may not be over

Harvey. Irma. Maria.

In a hyperactive hurricane season, the mere mention of these storms evokes fear, dread — and regret. Read more “Scam alert! In this hyperactive hurricane season, the worst may not be over”

Waterproof advice for making your home vacation-ready

If you’ve ever left for your summer vacation silently hoping your house would still be there — and in good working order — when you returned, you’re not alone. Read more “Waterproof advice for making your home vacation-ready”

There’s a hurricane coming, but Spirit Airlines has a hand out

With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on South Carolina, Brenda Williams has to cancel her vacation. Why won’t Spirit Airlines offer her a full refund?
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If they didn’t tell me about this $200 change fee, do I still have to pay it?

A few weeks ago, Chris Singh was scheduled to fly from Minneapolis to Norfolk, Va., on United Airlines to rent a vacation home. Unfortunately, Hurricane Joaquin paid the area a little visit, too.
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