Welcome to TrustDALE's Three For Thursday with Consumer Investigator Dale Cardwell.

When was the last time you were stunned to learn something, you did not expect to learn? It happened for me when I discovered many Americans do not insist on validation before they accept a news report as fact. I realized that my four-year degree in journalism and 40 years in the news business conditioned me to believe most people insist on some form of independent verification before they accept that information to be valid. I was wrong. Social media is not vetted, but its content is regarded as truth by a sizable percentage of Americans. The second variable I have realized is what I call “the conceit of the anointed.” The traditional news outlets that helped us form our opinions for decades abandoned public service for profits, driven by ratings. Today, their pronouncements about the “way things are” are no longer accepted by many, as the way things are. Information without verification is dangerous. That is why TrustDALE’s recommendations are always backed by transparent research. Thank you for trusting Dale!

Watch this Investigation

Today’s investigation - Uber Eats my Package.  Watch because this could happen to you!

Ask Dale

Today’s Ask Dale question comes from Corey, who wants to know what his rights are under the laptop warranty the company is already denying. Click the video for the answer!

Today's Lesson On How To Be A Savvy Consumer!

Today's seven-point lesson is on validating information as dependable.

Fast - Do they want your money NOW? Entities that want 100% payment in advance (for a product or content yet to be revealed and validated) are selling a suspected product.
Funds - Is the investment required relevant to the promised payoff? People who are seeking an emotional reaction will too often lack the validation for the reaction they are seeking.
Found - A person who intends to rip you off will make certain he cannot be found after he gets your money. Who is the person seeking your response? Are they credible? People whose information cannot be verified are suspect.
Define - Your deal by comparing Product, Offer and Price. Independent verification is always your best defense.
Ensure - Your deal with an Ethical negotiation, an Equitable contract, and an Effective Guarantee. People who are confident in their product are equally confident in sharing their source information.
Authenticate - Your deal by requesting References, checking reviews, and reviewing watchdog reports. What does the “court of public opinion” say about the source of your information? You should pay attention!
Legitimize - Your deal by determining if the company has a business license, liability insurance and is Lawsuit and background searched. Today, it is too easy to share information without verification. Simply having a license, insurance, and clean lawsuit record is not enough to accept their content is true.

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