Salvation Army Closing Havasu Thrift Store

THE SALVATION ARMY TO CLOSE THRIFT STORE IN LAKE HAVASU CITY TO BETTER PROVIDE LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES

The Salvation Army has made the difficult decision to close its Family Thrift Store at 2150 McCulloch Blvd. in Lake Havasu City. The thrift store is expected to remain open through the end of July.

“We are grateful for the community’s support of the Family Thrift Store and the Lake Havasu City Service Center,” said Captain Stephanie Lueras, The Salvation Army River Cities Area Coordinator. “Closing the thrift store was not an easy decision, but it was the most fiscally responsible one for our long-term viability in Lake Havasu City.

“The most important takeaway is that this allows for a shift of local resources to better provide vital social services to the community. I’m particularly excited that The Salvation Army will now be able to offer rental assistance to people in need in Lake Havasu City for the first time in several years.”

This new path will also enable The Salvation Army to better feed the hungry in the community with food boxes and sack lunches, as well as continue to provide utilities assistance, hygiene items, resource and referral information, and support during the holiday season.

Thrift store inventory that will be beneficial to local social service clients will be used to create a clothes closet that will be maintained at the Service Center. Other items will be sold, with proceeds benefitting The Salvation Army’s local social service programs.

Lueras encourages people to stop by the Lake Havasu City Service Center at 2049 Swanson Ave. to learn more about programs and services, as well as opportunities to volunteer and support The Salvation Army.

Information can also be found by visiting LakeHavasuCity.SalvationArmy.org or by calling 928-680-3678.

KNTR Talk Hosts Dominate “Heavy Hundred”!!

The editors of TALKERS magazine, with input from industry leaders, present the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America – known as the “Heavy Hundred.”

KNTR Talk 106.3 FM is proud to announce that three of the top five talk radio hosts listed on the “Heavy Hundred” are featured on “The Voice of the Free.” In fact, 8 of the top 35 shows on this coveted list air on KNTR Talk.

For a complete list of the TALKERS “Heavy Hundred,” click here.

An Important Announcement for All Veterans…

Until further notice and beginning immediately, the AZ@WORK office located at 228 London Bridge Road in Lake Havasu City will be closed on Wednesdays and Fridays, but if you need veteran employment services on one and/or both of those days, and I am available, I can schedule an appointment with you. I can then open the door for you so you can job search, use the computers, work on a resume, file a UI claim, and/or assist you with veteran employment services.

Sorry for the inconvenience but this is only a temporary situation.


Todd R. Baldwin
Veterans Workforce Specialist
Reemployment Assistance Administration

Phone: (928) 854-0351  Fax: 928-680-7849

BBB Warning to Summer Travelers

BBB Warns Travelers About Third-Party Hotel Booking Scams

Every day, deceptive websites, online ads and search engines mislead consumers into believing they are booking directly with a hotel website or call center, when in fact they have no relation. A survey commissioned in 2018 by the American Hotel and Lodge Association (AHLA) found 23 percent of consumers reported being misled by third-party travel resellers over the phone or online. That translated to 28.5 million hotel stays and over $5.2 billion in fraudulent hotel booking transactions, which caused extra fees, incorrect accommodations and even lost reservations. The AHLA has long partnered with Better Business Bureau (BBB) to raise awareness about hotel booking scams in an effort to protect consumers. According to BBB, certain types of consumers are at greater risk for these scams, e.g. travelers ages 55 and up and members of the military. According to BBB Scam Tracker, the BBB serving Pacific Southwest has received 169 travel and hotel booking complaints, so far in 2019, with travel and vacation scams costing the average victim approximately $847.

Many hotel booking scams are set up so consumers don’t even know they have been tricked. Most of the time, it starts with a hotel scam website being created and promoted to show up in internet searches right alongside legitimate hotel websites and third-party booking sites.

From there, the fraud committed can take on several different forms. The fraudulent website may steal the victim’s money outright, never making a reservation on their behalf or they might charge the consumer an inflated rate the consumer shouldn’t be required to pay. Consumers likely won’t find out they’ve been scammed until they arrive at the hotel with a confirmation that either isn’t in the system or is for a different room. The AHLA states, “Some 55 million online hotel bookings are affected by fraudulent websites and call centers posing as hotel websites.” “These rogue sites trick consumers by mirroring the look and feel of the actual hotel website — using copyrighted images, trademarked logos and many times, even similar URLs to take consumers for a ride,” comments Michael Sedio, COO and General Counsel at BBB Pacific SouthWest. The BBB suggests these tips to ensure travel plans are not ruined by thieves. Book directly with the source. Before booking a hotel online, customers should make sure they are booking on the hotel’s website. While a lookalike site may have the hotel’s name in their URL, double check the website address leads you to the legitimate hotel site and not a third-party site trying to take over the hotel’s identity. When booking, go to the travel company’s or hotel chain’s website directly.

For example, if a traveller is booking the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Hotel in Croatia, they should go to Hilton.com and book the reservation on the actual hotel website. Search engine results for specific inquiries may present scam sites designed to steal money from consumers.

Use reputable third-party websites. It is common to use third-party websites like Expedia, Travelocity and Priceline. Legitimate hotel booking sites can save money and headaches. However, travelers should be aware of third-party sites that offer suspiciously cheap rates for rooms but in actuality steal their money and disappear. BBB encourages consumers to be cautious of unfamiliar websites or brands, even if they look legitimate. Take the extra step to check the company’s business profile on bbb.org before you book.

Showing up without a reservation might be the least of the victim’s concern, in a situation such as this — the traveler’s identity being stolen or credit card being used are bigger concerns. In most cases, there is little to no recourse. However, if you someone has been a victim of a third-party travel scam, BBB advises to cancel the credit card, monitor the credit score and report the scam to BBB Scam Tracker.