Hello. I’m Reghan Winkler, the new secretary general of the local Better Business Bureau. In the last column, my predecessor, Cheryl Person, announced her retirement. I continue her tradition of keeping readers informed of the latest scams and business trends and practices.

The Better Business Bureau has long warned that scammers love turmoil. Scammers know that people tend to become anxious and protect themselves or help others who may be at risk or suffering.

Americans quickly help those exposed to violence, natural disasters, and oppression. Unfortunately, the last two weeks of radio waves have been flooded with news of the collapse of Afghanistan and the consequent turmoil. We are overwhelmed by the image of enthusiastic American citizens and Afghans leaving the country. There is a tragedy of a desperate mother pushing her children against the barbed wire wall. We sympathize with them, sympathize with them, and look for ways to help, no matter…

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