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Image description: The Consumer Action Handbook is full of information that can help our service men and women and their families. If you know someone who is serving our country, share this great free resource with them and tell them they can download or order their own copy.

Image description: The Consumer Action Handbook is full of information that can help our service men and women and their families.

If you know someone who is serving our country, share this great free resource with them and tell them they can download or order their own copy.

Image description: We get lots of emails and letters like this one sharing how people use the information in the free Consumer Action Handbook in their day-to-day lives. Do you have a story you’d like to share? Tell us here using the hashtag #ThanksCAH. And don’t forget, the newest edition of the Consumer Action Handbook is now available for you to order. Get your free copy today: http://1.usa.gov/1rdmT33

Image description: We get lots of emails and letters like this one sharing how people use the information in the free Consumer Action Handbook in their day-to-day lives.

Do you have a story you’d like to share? Tell us here using the hashtag #ThanksCAH.

And don’t forget, the newest edition of the Consumer Action Handbook is now available for you to order. Get your free copy today: http://1.usa.gov/1rdmT33

Image description: Get your own copy of the FREE Consumer Action Handbook. Order or download it today.

Image description: Get your own copy of the FREE Consumer Action Handbook. Order or download it today.

Image description: The South Florida Better Business Bureau is just one of many organizations that hands out the FREE Consumer Action Handbook. You can order a copy for yourself or find out how to get multiple copies for your organization to distribute.

Image description: The South Florida Better Business Bureau is just one of many organizations that hands out the FREE Consumer Action Handbook.

You can order a copy for yourself or find out how to get multiple copies for your organization to distribute.

Consumers Beware: 5 Tips to Keep you Scam-Free this Summer

For the majority of Americans who plan to take a vacation, attend a concert, or work on their home or garden this summer, this season comes with its own unique consumer challenges. Here are the top five scams and frauds to be alert for this time of year:

  1. Don’t buy gas additives that claim to increase fuel mileage. Even though gas prices go up in the summer, the Environmental Protection Agency has not found any product that significantly improves gas mileage, and some could damage a car’s engine or increase exhaust emissions.

  1. Unlicensed home repair or landscaping contractors may come to your door to offer services. Always research contractors, pay for services upon completion—not ahead of time— and consider using a signed contract outlining the work to be done and the exact price.

  1. Interested in a summer concert or festival? If you buy tickets from a major vendor, remember surcharges and additional fees may be tacked onto the listed price. Some venues require the same credit card used to purchase tickets be presented when the tickets are picked up, so if you’re buying tickets for someone as a gift, they may have difficulty getting them at will-call.

  1. When renting a beach or lake house for vacation, make sure the property actually exists. Do your homework before paying— check out the owner or rental company, consult maps and read the lease carefully. Pay with an online payment service or a credit card so you can dispute the charges if something goes wrong.

  1. When flying, make sure you’re aware of the airline’s baggage charges and their policy when it comes to bumping passengers. A lot of airlines “bump” depending on how late you checked in, so check in ASAP!

For more advice on protecting your money, order the Consumer Action Handbook, and follow USA.gov on Facebook and Twitter. If you have your own consumer questions, ask us using the hashtag #AskMarietta, and we’ll answer them live during a Google hangout on Tuesday, June 24 at 3 p.m. ET.