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Loan Scam

3 On Your Side: Advance Fee Loan Scam

Money is tight these days for many people. So an unexpected expense or emergency can be financially devastating. Often getting a loan is one solution, but 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan warns, you better do your homework first.


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3 On Your Side: Missing License Plate = $990 Bill From NYC

When a Coatesville woman found out she was accused of wrongdoing and facing almost $1000 in fines, she said, “I didn’t do it!” but she needed help proving her innocence.


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3-On Your Side: Save On Prescriptions

The struggling economy along with soaring health care costs is forcing many people to make a tough choice between buying medicine or other necessities.



3 On Your Side: Best Bank Customer Service

When it comes to banking it seems everything is automated these days. We pay our bills online, and can even open accounts without speaking to another human being. So is customer service a thing of the past? 3-On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan takes a look at bank customer service beyond the ATM.


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3-On Your Side: Cell Phone Roaming Warning

These days, we use our cell phones for all kinds of things, from searching the web to watching movies. Things like texts and emails are common services for typical phone plans. But if you’re traveling, don’t assume they’re part of the package or, as 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan found, you may be in for one expensive wake up call.



3-On Your Side: Prepaid Maintenance Plans

It’s the latest question car buyers are being asked these days, do you want a “prepaid maintenance plan”? These are not extended warranties. Instead these plans cover routine kinds of service to your car.


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3-On Your Side: Web Cam Job Interviews

Are you in the market for a new job? Don’t be surprised if future interviews are a bit unconventional. As 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds, more and more employers are using webcams to screen potential job candidates.


Crib Bumpers

3-On Your Side: Crib Bumper Concerns

They’re sold often in cute, coordinating nursery sets. But do crib bumpers pose a safety risk to babies? That question is being asked by more and more lawmakers across the country. Some experts say crib bumpers can suffocate babies if their heads get near the padded guards and they can’t move away. But as 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds, some parents are still buying them, despite the risks.



3-On Your Side: Finding Sales Made Easy

We all know clipping coupons and buying sale items can help us save money. But many of us don’t have time to do the legwork it takes to find the best deal.


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3 On Your Side: Exposing Myths About Expiration Dates On Foods

If you do the grocery shopping in your house, chances are you pay attention to expiration and sell-by dates. But those dates on the packaging don’t always mean the same thing, and as 3 On Your Side consumer reporter Jim Donovan finds, you could be tossing good stuff away.



3-On Your Side: Coupon Craze Warning

The number of people using coupons has reached an all time high with some people even buying and selling coupons online. But as 3 On Your Side consumer reporter Jim Donovan tells us, there’s now calls for big changes in what’s become an extreme coupon craze.


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3-On Your Side: Free Gift Certificates

In this tough economy you might not be willing to splurge on shopping trips or going out to dinner. But what if you had free gift certificates? 3-On Your Side’s Jim Donovan shows you how you can get your hands on an entire pack of gift cards, simply by having a birthday.


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3-On Your Side: Fast Food Deals

America’s love of fast food is taking a hit in this slow economy. A recent survey shows some customers are scaling back trips to fast food restaurants by as much as 20 percent. As a result 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds that many chains are offering eye popping deals to keep customers coming through the doors.


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3-On Your Side: Movie And Video Rental Options

So do you enjoy renting movies? Well the video rental wars are heating up! As 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us, Netflix has split, Blockbuster has made a new deal, and consumers are left wondering which service will give them the most bang for their buck.


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3-On Your Side: PATCO Introduces ‘Wave And Pay’ Card

Ride the rails, buy a cup of coffee, all with the wave of your hand. Tap and go technology has been around for several years now, but PATCO is now hoping to simplifying things. 3 On Your Side consumer reporter Jim Donovan is here to explain.