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Romance Scams: Top Tips to Avoid a Broken Heart and Empty Bank Account

Imagine meeting the love of your life online. Imagine telling that person all about you and imagining a happy future together. Imagine trusting that person enough to share very personal information, including financial details and even giving that person large sums of money they told you they desperately need. Now imagine finding out that it …

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Fake Online Reviews: Is That Deal Truly What You Bargained For?

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with information about what we should be buying. We open Facebook and are presented with adverts for items that we were looking at elsewhere the day before. We are told by a barrage of reviews that a specific face cream will make us look younger, that a pair of running …

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Surviving to Thriving Whilst Living on a Budget: Our Top Tips

My grandmother used to tell me she could remember the times when she could get a night at the cinema (with treats) followed by fish & chips on the way home, and still have change leftover from ten pence! Nowadays, a visit to the cinema is an expensive treat, with the average ticket price for …

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LateRooms & SuperBreak Administration: Your consumer rights explained

With news of holiday companies LateRooms.com & Super Break entering administration, many consumers are undoubtedly concerned about the security of their hard-earned holiday money.  Questions are raised about what can be done to claim money back and what is the safest way to book some time abroad, without running the risk of our dream getaway …

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Airbnb: Top tips for the multi-property mogul or latest landlord

Airbnb gives anyone with a bit of extra space the ability to rent their spare room, bed or sofa out for some extra cash. Many seasoned hosts understand the processes and requirements involved, but there are still important considerations to be made of the protections in place for hosts using Airbnb, and whether potential breaches …

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Airbnb: Top tips for guests – whether savvy travelers or new navigators

The majority of us with access to a computer and internet connection are aware of what Airbnb is. Visiting a different town or city can be daunting as it is, without a question mark hanging above the place we are going to be staying. At consumeradvice.scot, we wanted to make it as straightforward as possible …

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Rising temperatures at work: A link between employer adaptability and productivity

With the British weather becoming more changeable than ever and temperatures varying massively, questions are raised around whether businesses are doing everything within their power to ensure employees are comfortable in the workplace during periods of extreme temperature change, and the potential impacts that doing so could have on maintaining employee productivity. Guidelines published by …

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Tenant Deposit Schemes: Locking down security deposits on rental agreements

Many would say that the law changed for the better when compulsory involvement with landlord deposit schemes was mandated by the Tenancy Deposits Schemes (Scotland) Regulations in 2011. This built on part of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, which gave Scottish Ministers the power to approve a Tenancy Deposit Scheme and in July 2012, three …

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