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  • AUTODIDACTICISM: The single most important element of success

    Written by Tom Martino, November 18, 2016

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    In a word, the secret to success is autodidacticism. Teachers do not teach, the universe does not teach, even God (if you so believe) does not teach. We learn! We extract from them what we need to quench our learning quest.  Nothing is learned unless we unlock our desire to learn. Each one of us must search for knowledge. We all carry, within us, the infinite knowledge and wisdom of our existence. Within ...... (Read More)

  • OUTRAGEOUS BEHAVIOR FROM LEGACY ROOFING AND KAYLEN ECHOLS

    Written by Tom Martino, October 07, 2016

  • PAY PAL SCAM CAUGHT LIVE ON THE AIR!

    Written by Tom Martino, August 30, 2016

    Consumer Advocate Tom Martino calls a scammer who wants to buy Roger's truck (Roger called Tom's Radio Show when he suspected a scam).  The scammer supposedly deposited the money into Roger's PayPal account with an extra $940 added to it.  He told Roger to send the extra money to someone who is going to ship the car.  Tom called the scammer posing as Roger's friend.  And the rest is solid-gold radio! ... (Read More)

  • BANK OUTSMARTED ON CAR LOAN

    Written by Tom Martino, August 25, 2016

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    Johnny could not get a car loan in his name, so his dad signed for it under one condition:  the dad must be in the dad's name on the title.  That caused a big problem for Johnny when his dad died.  Instead of working with Johnny, who was making all the payments, the bank threatened to repossess the car.  The plan backfired on the bank! (see video)     ... (Read More)

  • SLIPS & FALLS: NOT A ROAD TO RICHES!

    Written by Tom Martino, August 22, 2016

    When you slip and fall on someone's property or inside someone's place of business, you may find collecting damages is difficult.  That's because we have Premises Liability Laws that limit what is considered negligence. (SEE VIDEO) ... (Read More)

  • HAIL DAMAGED CARS – NOT A BARGAIN!

    Written by Tom Martino, August 18, 2016

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    The new and used car lots have been pelted with hail all around Colorado.  That means plenty of "Hail Sales" promising big savings. WARNING - DON'T BUY HAIL DAMAGED CARS! They are no bargain. Why do I say this?  Consider the following: Many lenders won't even loan you money on a damaged car unless you first get it fixed.  That means much, if not all, of the money you save buying the car will be ...... (Read More)

  • CENTURY LINK STILL LYING TO CUSTOMERS?

    Written by Tom Martino, July 18, 2016

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    Are Century Link representatives still lying to customers?  That's the only conclusion we can reach after dozen of calls to my radio show and office.  They are all basically the same:  The phone rep for CenturyLink promises a certain monthly rate but the ensuing bills are way over what the consumer was promised.  After hearing the same story over and over, we can only conclude that either lying is part ...... (Read More)

  • RICHARD ROOP AND HIS REAL ESTATE SCAMS

    Written by Tom Martino, July 18, 2016

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    Richard Roop still has an active website promising to make you money in real estate. What his website does NOT mention on his website are his numerous charges for real estate and securities fraud, nor does it mention his jail term for violating court orders. (more…)... (Read More)

  • WAYS TO HANDLE TEEN DRIVERS & AUTO INSURANCE!

    Written by Tom Martino, June 23, 2016

    If you have a teen that will soon be driving ... you will be in for a bit of a financial shock when it comes to increasing insurance premiums. But there are some strategies to help. Let's take a family where there are more eligible drivers than cars. Some companies require that you rate the teen driver as the primary driver on one of the cars. That is expensive! But other companies do not require them ad ...... (Read More)

  • NEW SCAM CAUGHT ON THE AIR! “Hello this is your Sheriff’s Department”

    Written by Tom Martino, June 21, 2016

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    This is another scam we exposed live on the air on my radio show.  Callers claim to be from the "Sheriff's Department" and they threaten you with jail for missing a jury assignment.  Then they say you can get the charges dropped if you pay the fine to them, via a pre-paid credit card. So we gave them a call!  Listen here.... (Read More)

  • YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS! RIPOFF @ 44th Auto Service in Bennet? You Decide.

    Written by Tom Martino, June 10, 2016

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    All John wanted was to get his 1980 Mini Cooper running smoothly.  When he drove it into 44th Auto Service in Bennet 9-months ago for repairs, he never realized that his nightmare was about to begin. (more…)... (Read More)

  • SOME COPS JUST LACK “HUMAN” SIDE – BEING A PRICK IS NOT REQUIRED

    Written by Tom Martino, June 08, 2016

    Time:  7:00PM - I was traveling south on Santa Fe and noticed a van stalled in a middle lane (heading south). I noticed two women opening the hood and staring dumbfounded at the quiet engine. I pulled in front of them to help. Traffic behind the van was backing up as car began merging temporarily into one lane. I introduced myself and took a look under the hood. Everything was dead - flat dead. No ignitio ...... (Read More)

  • CAR SELLING SCAM EXPOSED LIVE ON THE AIR!

    Written by Tom Martino, June 04, 2016

    When this call came into my radio show on AM-630-KHOW, I knew it was a scam. My caller said she had found a used car on Craig's List and the price was unbelievable! It was a Nissan Pathfinder, with 61,000 miles for only $2,500. There was one big catch! The seller would only work through "eBay Consumer Protection" (which does not really exist). (more…)... (Read More)

  • WHAT WOULD YOU DO? – Case of the Moron Tree-Trimmers

    Written by Tom Martino, May 24, 2016

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    UPDATE:  The guy promised to fix it.  He did not. Fence still broken and trash still there.  Green Tree Services: SUX. Take a look at this! Now ask yourself: "What would I do?" Dawna called my radio show with a big problem. Her neighbor hired "Green Tree Services" to cut down an old, giant tree in her backyard. It's pretty obvious the tree trimmers did not know what they were doing!  As you can s ...... (Read More)

  • WATCH OUT FOR THIS “IT” RIPOFF!

    Written by Tom Martino, May 19, 2016

    I'll get right to the point!  I highly recommend that you avoid Stephen Klein, owner and operator of "Common Good IT". In my opinion he is a ripoff. Here's the story: Klein entered into a contract with Michele Vanfleet, who called my radio show for help. Common Good IT was going to design a custom logo and build a website for her, as specified in their contract (click here to see part of it). She paid ...... (Read More)

  • “CERTIFIED” REALLY MEANS NOTHING!

    Written by Tom Martino, April 26, 2016

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    You see and hear the word used everywhere! Certified used cars, certified diamonds, certified home inspectors, certified dog trainers, certified auto mechanics and on and on and on ... Do you know what it means?  Really it means nothing by itself. (more…)... (Read More)

  • HOME BUILDERS NOT BOUND BY REAL ESTATE GUIDELINES!

    Written by Tom Martino, April 25, 2016

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    It looks like a real estate deal.  It feels like a real estate deal.  But it is NOT a real estate deal when it comes to consumer protection!  That is, when you are dealing with home builders. That reality was driven home (no pun intended) when Andrea called my radio show for help.  She had given Copperleaf Homes a desposit of $29,300 back in October of 2015.  The contract was contingent on Andrea selli ...... (Read More)

  • BLACKMAIL & YOUR CREDIT REPORT

    Written by Tom Martino, April 22, 2016

    Credit Reports are being used for  blackmail by unethical people.  Here's the scoop: (more…)... (Read More)

  • BEWARE OF THIS PHONY FACEBOOK PAGE!

    Written by Tom Martino, April 21, 2016

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     The guy claims to be Kenneth Lee Duncan an employee of The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). That organization is legit, but they have nothing to do with him, according to their Inspector General Laura Davis. (more…)... (Read More)

  • UPDATE ON CENTURY LINK DEALS (LIES?)

    Written by Tom Martino, April 15, 2016

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    UPDATE:  The Century Link Customer Service Representative on our recording was fired. But was she the only one at fault?  Based on the number of similar complaints we've gotten, we feel that the issue of exaggerated deals is widespread.  And what's even more odd about this who;e thing is that they still did not satisfy the customer!  He is stuck with a contract that is more expensive than originally pro ...... (Read More)

  • FEUDING NEIGHBORS

    Written by Susanne Mager, April 14, 2016

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    This situation reminds me of the "Hatfields & McCoys", for those not familiar wth that story ... it was about feuding families that fought each other nearly 30-years along the border of Kentucky and West Virginia.  So, back to present day ... Mark called my radio show saying that his neighbors installed 8 cameras outside their home aiming over at his home.  He said they covered every part of his ...... (Read More)

  • SCUMBAG EMBEZZLER STILL WALKS AMONG US

    Written by Tom Martino, April 11, 2016

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    THIS SCUMBAG IS STILL ON THE LOOSE AND SO FAR AUTHORITIES HAVE DONE LITTLE TO RECOVER THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HE HAS STOLEN FROM HARD-WORKING PEOPLE!  His scam involved stealing millions and millions of dollars in money employers entrusted to him to make payroll tax payments. (more…)... (Read More)

  • CENTURY LINK OR CENTURY STINK?

    Written by Tom Martino, April 08, 2016

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    Do Century Link representatives intentionally lie to you when making their sales pitch? We've heard many complaints on our radio show claiming they do lie!  But we never had any proof, that is, until Mike called in.  Listen here. Sounds simple enough, right?  He was going to have a contract for $92.90 per month for the first two years for all three services.  But what really happened has no resemblan ...... (Read More)

  • AVOID THIS LYING, CHEATING LANDSCAPER!

    Written by Tom Martino, April 07, 2016

    It's landscaping & fencing season so we suspect this scumbag will be out in full force.  He is Jaime Edward Bock - exposed on my radio show!  Jamie is running a fencing and landscaping scam and you need to be aware of him.  Spread the word! (more…)... (Read More)

  • A MOST UNUSUAL CAR DEAL!

    Written by Tom Martino, April 05, 2016

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    Alison was having car buyer's remorse!  She wanted to return the new car purchase from O'Mera Ford, so she called my Troubleshooter Show.  So what was wrong with her Ford Focus?   NOTHING!  So why did she want a refund?  She said she couldn't afford the insurance on the car.  She said her insurance company considered it a high-performance car.  When we investigated we found there was much more to th ...... (Read More)

  • JIFFY LUBE SUCKS!

    Written by Tom Martino, April 04, 2016

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    This one is a bit hard to believe.  Staff Sergeant Boris (active military)  took his Subaru to a Colorado Springs Jiffy Lube for service.  He had the fluid in his front differential changed.  When he left his transmission failed within 24 miles.  Why?  That's what he wanted to know.  Since his car on had around 30,000 miles on it and was still under warranty, he had it towed to a nearby Subaru dealer ...... (Read More)

  • RIPPING OFF THE SICK, DYING & THEIR LOVED ONES

    Written by Tom Martino, March 31, 2016

    The Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state have charged four phony cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. The scumbags told donors that their contributions would help cancer patients, including children and women suffering from breast cancer, but the overwhelming majority of donations benefitted only the perpetrators, the ...... (Read More)

  • MORONIC ARGUMENTS FOR BEER & WINE IN SUPERMARKETS

    Written by Tom Martino, March 28, 2016

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    No matter what side of the argument you're on, I'll bet your opinion was NOT influenced by the moronic spokespeople on either side!  Both sides of the issue are making weak arguments.  There is really only one issue at stake: (more…)... (Read More)

  • TOP PICKS FOR TEEN CARS

    Written by Tom Martino, March 25, 2016

    Considering a new car for your teen?  When it comes to price, fuel economy and safety ... my experts weigh in. (more…)... (Read More)

  • AVOID THIS SERIOUS INJURY CAUSED BY SPRING SNOW

    Written by Tom Martino, March 23, 2016

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    Did you know that every spring snow storm causes hundreds of injuries! Not from shoveling, not from slipping and falling.  It can happen to you if you don't read this!   (more…)... (Read More)