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Premiere Episode Alert: "Nothing But a Number" Podcast Debuts with Expert Insights on Online Shopping Scams

Posted on 04/10/24

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ATLANTA, Georgia -- We are thrilled to announce the launch of "Nothing But a Number," the latest podcast from AARP Georgia, premiering today at noon! In this inaugural episode, join Hillary Williams Thomas from AARP Georgia as she sits down with Sunshine Hester, a representative from the Better Business Bureau, for an insightful discussion on the evolving landscape of online shopping and the rise of scams, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sunshine Hester, the regional manager of the Columbus office serving the fall corridor, brings her expertise to the table as she sheds light on the importance of being vigilant when navigating the online marketplace. From the convenience of online shopping to the lurking dangers of fraudulent schemes, Sunshine delves into the intricacies of consumer protection and awareness.

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As Sunshine aptly puts it, "The way that we shop today has changed drastically, especially because of Covid." With the click of a button, consumers can access a myriad of products and services, but alongside the convenience come potential pitfalls. From misleading advertisements to counterfeit products, Sunshine highlights the importance of being informed and cautious.

Throughout the episode, listeners gain valuable insights into recognizing red flags, verifying the authenticity of online vendors, and taking proactive measures to safeguard their financial well-being. From checking the legitimacy of URLs to researching companies before making a purchase, Sunshine offers practical tips to navigate the digital marketplace safely.

One key takeaway from the conversation is the crucial role of consumer reporting in combatting fraudulent activities. Sunshine emphasizes the importance of reporting scams to organizations like the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), empowering consumers to take action against fraudulent practices and protect their fellow shoppers.

As we embark on this journey of exploration and education, "Nothing But a Number" aims to equip listeners with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions in an ever-changing digital landscape. Join us as we uncover the secrets of online shopping and empower consumers to shop smartly and securely.

Tune in to the premiere episode of "Nothing But a Number" today at noon, and stay tuned for future episodes featuring expert insights, real-life stories, and actionable tips to navigate the world of consumerism with confidence.

Remember, when it comes to online shopping, knowledge is power. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and together, we can outsmart the scammers and protect our hard-earned dollars.

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