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The coronavirus pandemic is also seeing a rise in fraud cases. Consumer protection and law enforcement officials are warning people against scammers. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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As families prepare college applications and research financial aid opportunities, officials are warning them to avoid scams through online ads and seminars.

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The holidays find people opening both their hearts and wallets to charitable causes.  But Oregon officials say to be wary of scammers who take advantage of yuletide sentiment.

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A Sisters woman has been fined $140,000 and faces additional charges for misleading at least a dozen people to invest $700,000 in her business. Rebecca Castle, also known as Rebecca Groins allegedly spent investor's money on jewelry, spa services, and made purchases for her children and boyfriend. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services claims the business she was representing either did not exist or was financially unsuccessful. Jake Sunderland is a spokesman for the OCBS.