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  • New 'picture perfect' housing trend

    New 'picture perfect' housing trend

    Friday, June 22 2018 9:19 AM EDT2018-06-22 13:19:35 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Photo shoots for engagements and weddings are nothing new. But now, there’s a new photo frenzy that’s a speck more “homey.” First-time homebuyers Nathan and Morgan Funke posed for pictures in their new home with a professional photographer and all. 

    Photo shoots for engagements and weddings are nothing new. But now, there’s a new photo frenzy that’s a speck more “homey.” First-time homebuyers Nathan and Morgan Funke posed for pictures in their new home with a professional photographer and all. 

  • 'Mobile mechanic' keeps customer's Nissan for 14 months

    'Mobile mechanic' keeps customer's Nissan for 14 months

    Thursday, June 21 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-06-21 20:56:11 GMT
    Dale Shephard says a "mobile mechanic" has his Nissan car and won't give it back. (Source: 3TV)Dale Shephard says a "mobile mechanic" has his Nissan car and won't give it back. (Source: 3TV)
    Dale Shephard says a "mobile mechanic" has his Nissan car and won't give it back. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Dale Shephard says a "mobile mechanic" has his Nissan car and won't give it back. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    A Phoenix man says he hasn't seen his car in more than a year, and he has no idea where the mobile mechanic is located.

    A Phoenix man says he hasn't seen his car in more than a year, and he has no idea where the mobile mechanic is located.

  • Hacked Facebook account used to dupe Phoenix woman

    Hacked Facebook account used to dupe Phoenix woman

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 4:03 PM EDT2018-06-20 20:03:05 GMT
    Barb said she's out $3,500 after scammers hacked a Facebook friend's account and convinced her to send them money. (Source: 3TV)Barb said she's out $3,500 after scammers hacked a Facebook friend's account and convinced her to send them money. (Source: 3TV)
    Barb said she's out $3,500 after scammers hacked a Facebook friend's account and convinced her to send them money. (Source: 3TV)Barb said she's out $3,500 after scammers hacked a Facebook friend's account and convinced her to send them money. (Source: 3TV)

    Scammers used a hacked Facebook account for "Grant Scam" and a Phoenix woman is now out thousands of dollars.

    Scammers used a hacked Facebook account for "Grant Scam" and a Phoenix woman is now out thousands of dollars.

  • Tax refund missing due to 'one digit off'

    Tax refund missing due to 'one digit off'

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:58 AM EDT2018-06-19 13:58:44 GMT
    Cristina Allen said she messed up putting in her bank account when filing her taxes and now she doesn't have her refund. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Cristina Allen said she messed up putting in her bank account when filing her taxes and now she doesn't have her refund. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    Cristina Allen said she messed up putting in her bank account when filing her taxes and now she doesn't have her refund. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Cristina Allen said she messed up putting in her bank account when filing her taxes and now she doesn't have her refund. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    An Arizona taxpayer typed in the wrong bank account number and didn't receive her tax refund.

    An Arizona taxpayer typed in the wrong bank account number and didn't receive her tax refund.

  • Trend for 'on-demand' workers gains momentum

    Trend for 'on-demand' workers gains momentum

    Saturday, June 16 2018 1:15 AM EDT2018-06-16 05:15:05 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    When Leversey Henry gets ready for work, he turns to his phone. He uses an on-demand staffing app to look for available shifts in his area. But not in just one industry and not just driving or delivery.

    When Leversey Henry gets ready for work, he turns to his phone. He uses an on-demand staffing app to look for available shifts in his area. But not in just one industry and not just driving or delivery.

  • East Phoenix-area man frustrated over lost family videos

    East Phoenix-area man frustrated over lost family videos

    Friday, June 15 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-06-15 13:14:01 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    An East Valley man thought he was doing the right thing by going digital. But in the process, Bob Little lost years of memories and now he can't get them back.

    An East Valley man thought he was doing the right thing by going digital. But in the process, Bob Little lost years of memories and now he can't get them back.

  • Arizona family 'sickened' over ER bill

    Arizona family 'sickened' over ER bill

    Thursday, June 14 2018 6:23 PM EDT2018-06-14 22:23:57 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Sam Seylar is 16 and despite a hard fall that broke his collarbone, he still likes skateboarding. "When I fell, my shoulder hit the ground first."

    Sam Seylar is 16 and despite a hard fall that broke his collarbone, he still likes skateboarding. "When I fell, my shoulder hit the ground first."

  • Chandler man duped out of $6K for backyard project

    Chandler man duped out of $6K for backyard project

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 12:23 PM EDT2018-06-13 16:23:00 GMT
    A Chandler man said he was duped out of $6,000 by a man who said he was a licensed contractor. (Source: 3TV)A Chandler man said he was duped out of $6,000 by a man who said he was a licensed contractor. (Source: 3TV)
    A Chandler man said he was duped out of $6,000 by a man who said he was a licensed contractor. (Source: 3TV)A Chandler man said he was duped out of $6,000 by a man who said he was a licensed contractor. (Source: 3TV)

    After spray painting a few lines and dumping off some sand, the East Valley homeowner says the hired worker and his guys stopped showing up altogether. 

    After spray painting a few lines and dumping off some sand, the East Valley homeowner says the hired worker and his guys stopped showing up altogether. 

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    Phoenix area consumer reimbursed for worthless gift cards

    Phoenix area consumer reimbursed for worthless gift cards

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 2:26 PM EDT2018-06-12 18:26:36 GMT
    Connie Krc received new gift cards from U.S. Bank. (Source: 3TV)Connie Krc received new gift cards from U.S. Bank. (Source: 3TV)
    Connie Krc received new gift cards from U.S. Bank. (Source: 3TV)Connie Krc received new gift cards from U.S. Bank. (Source: 3TV)

    It's recommended that you use gift cards within a month of receiving them.

    It's recommended that you use gift cards within a month of receiving them.

  • Consumers are turning to 'digital wallets'

    Consumers are turning to 'digital wallets'

    Saturday, June 9 2018 12:02 AM EDT2018-06-09 04:02:56 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Being a makeup artist is just one way Claudine Gallagher earns her income. But her payment doesn’t come in cash or check. She counts on a couple apps when it’s time for customers to settle up.

    Being a makeup artist is just one way Claudine Gallagher earns her income. But her payment doesn’t come in cash or check. She counts on a couple apps when it’s time for customers to settle up.

  • Consumer Reports reveals best June deals

    Consumer Reports reveals best June deals

    Friday, June 8 2018 10:07 AM EDT2018-06-08 14:07:26 GMT
    There are certain things that will be on sale in June. (Source: 3TV)There are certain things that will be on sale in June. (Source: 3TV)
    There are certain things that will be on sale in June. (Source: 3TV)There are certain things that will be on sale in June. (Source: 3TV)

    There are deals to be had in June with several items usually on sale.

    There are deals to be had in June with several items usually on sale.

  • Update: Phoenix-area senior citizen gets vacation refund

    Update: Phoenix-area senior citizen gets vacation refund

    Thursday, June 7 2018 4:15 PM EDT2018-06-07 20:15:24 GMT
    A Phoenix-area senior citizen and a family member had to cancel their dream vacation due to an emergency. But they say they couldn’t seem to get their money back even though they purchased travel insurance. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)A Phoenix-area senior citizen and a family member had to cancel their dream vacation due to an emergency. But they say they couldn’t seem to get their money back even though they purchased travel insurance. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    A Phoenix-area senior citizen and a family member had to cancel their dream vacation due to an emergency. But they say they couldn’t seem to get their money back even though they purchased travel insurance. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)A Phoenix-area senior citizen and a family member had to cancel their dream vacation due to an emergency. But they say they couldn’t seem to get their money back even though they purchased travel insurance. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    “They weren't responding like they should have been but when 3 On Your Side got involved everything changed,” said Anna Bliss. 

    “They weren't responding like they should have been but when 3 On Your Side got involved everything changed,” said Anna Bliss. 

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    Woman discovers 'inactivity fees' on her gift cards

    Woman discovers 'inactivity fees' on her gift cards

    Wednesday, June 6 2018 8:15 PM EDT2018-06-07 00:15:45 GMT
    Connie Krc bought gift cards but due to inactivity fees, they weren't usable when she gave them to her granddaughter. (Source: 3TV)Connie Krc bought gift cards but due to inactivity fees, they weren't usable when she gave them to her granddaughter. (Source: 3TV)

    One billion dollars. That’s how much money it’s estimated that goes unused in gift cards every single year. 

    One billion dollars. That’s how much money it’s estimated that goes unused in gift cards every single year. 

  • 3 on Your Side recoups $4,700 during May

    3 on Your Side recoups $4,700 during May

    Tuesday, June 5 2018 2:03 PM EDT2018-06-05 18:03:49 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    3 On Your Side continues to get your hard earned money back.

    3 On Your Side continues to get your hard earned money back.

  • Update: Tempe homeowner finally gets $1,562 refund

    Update: Tempe homeowner finally gets $1,562 refund

    Tuesday, June 5 2018 12:20 PM EDT2018-06-05 16:20:15 GMT
    Kendra Sollars says she finally got the kitchen she wanted. (Source: 3TV)Kendra Sollars says she finally got the kitchen she wanted. (Source: 3TV)
    Kendra Sollars says she finally got the kitchen she wanted. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Kendra Sollars says she finally got the kitchen she wanted. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    A Tempe homeowner finally got her refund thanks to 3 On Your Side and Chase Bank.

    A Tempe homeowner finally got her refund thanks to 3 On Your Side and Chase Bank.

  • Passengers' comfort 'takes flight'

    Passengers' comfort 'takes flight'

    Saturday, June 2 2018 8:59 AM EDT2018-06-02 12:59:12 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    No legroom, smaller seats, bad food…we’ve all heard the complaints, but the airlines are now working to create a healthier in-flight experience, adding things like organic food, in-flight exercise videos, even brain wave monitors to help with jet lag.

    No legroom, smaller seats, bad food…we’ve all heard the complaints, but the airlines are now working to create a healthier in-flight experience, adding things like organic food, in-flight exercise videos, even brain wave monitors to help with jet lag.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: 3 On Your Side gets result$ for Arizona's Family

    INFOGRAPHIC: 3 On Your Side gets result$ for Arizona's Family

    Friday, June 1 2018 1:15 AM EDT2018-06-01 05:15:07 GMT
    (Source: Shane Morris via 123RF)(Source: Shane Morris via 123RF)
    (Source: Shane Morris via 123RF)(Source: Shane Morris via 123RF)

    Gary Harper and the 3 On Your Side team work tirelessly on behalf of Arizonans who, for one reason or another, have lost money -- sometimes lots of money. That diligence pays off -- literally -- in a big way.

    Gary Harper and the 3 On Your Side team work tirelessly on behalf of Arizonans who, for one reason or another, have lost money -- sometimes lots of money. That diligence pays off -- literally -- in a big way.

  • Waddell man cancels flight, wants reimbursement

    Waddell man cancels flight, wants reimbursement

    Thursday, May 31 2018 10:39 AM EDT2018-05-31 14:39:58 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)A Waddell man booked a flight on a major airline, but due to circumstances beyond his control, he had to cancel one of his flights.(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)A Waddell man booked a flight on a major airline, but due to circumstances beyond his control, he had to cancel one of his flights.
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    A Waddell man booked a flight on a major airline, but due to circumstances beyond his control, he had to cancel one of his flights.

    A Waddell man booked a flight on a major airline, but due to circumstances beyond his control, he had to cancel one of his flights.

  • Phoenix man says Carfax erroneously labeled truck with 'damage'

    Phoenix man says Carfax erroneously labeled truck with 'damage'

    Wednesday, May 30 2018 4:24 PM EDT2018-05-30 20:24:00 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5/Carfax)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5/Carfax)

    A Phoenix man is blaming Carfax for trouble selling his truck. 

    A Phoenix man is blaming Carfax for trouble selling his truck. 

  • Missing the boat on free travel

    Missing the boat on free travel

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 2:30 AM EDT2018-05-29 06:30:23 GMT
    A new recent survey finds Americans are missing out on a staggering $22 billion a year in free travel by not have a travel rewards credit card or not using one properly. (Source: scanrail / 123RF Stock Photo)A new recent survey finds Americans are missing out on a staggering $22 billion a year in free travel by not have a travel rewards credit card or not using one properly. (Source: scanrail / 123RF Stock Photo)

    Use rewards credit cards to pay for vacations.

    Use rewards credit cards to pay for vacations.

  • Consumer Reports' recalls for May

    Consumer Reports' recalls for May

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:56 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:56:10 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    From autos to chainsaws, recalls you should know about.

    From autos to chainsaws, recalls you should know about.

  • Mesa man discovers fake lottery

    Mesa man discovers fake lottery

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:57 PM EDT2018-05-25 18:57:19 GMT
    Marlow Krien says he got a letter in the mail saying he won a lottery and had to cash a check. (Source: 3TV)Marlow Krien says he got a letter in the mail saying he won a lottery and had to cash a check. (Source: 3TV)
    Marlow Krien says he got a letter in the mail saying he won a lottery and had to cash a check. (Source: 3TV)Marlow Krien says he got a letter in the mail saying he won a lottery and had to cash a check. (Source: 3TV)

    A Mesa man received a check in the mail saying he had won a lottery but he was suspicious about it.

    A Mesa man received a check in the mail saying he had won a lottery but he was suspicious about it.

  • Fake contractor runs from 3 On Your Side after taking $21,000 from consumer

    Fake contractor runs from 3 On Your Side after taking $21,000 from consumer

    Thursday, May 24 2018 12:22 PM EDT2018-05-24 16:22:00 GMT

    A Scottsdale woman trying to improve her home’s curb appeal doled out a lot of money for a project. But in the end, the fake contractor she hired kept the $21,000 and vanished. 

    A Scottsdale woman trying to improve her home’s curb appeal doled out a lot of money for a project. But in the end, the fake contractor she hired kept the $21,000 and vanished. 

  • Mesa woman and relative looking for vacation refund after serious accident

    Mesa woman and relative looking for vacation refund after serious accident

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:58 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:58:38 GMT
    Anna Bliss said she bought travel insurance and when she canceled her trip, she was expecting a full refund but hasn't gotten it. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Anna Bliss said she bought travel insurance and when she canceled her trip, she was expecting a full refund but hasn't gotten it. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    Anna Bliss said she bought travel insurance and when she canceled her trip, she was expecting a full refund but hasn't gotten it. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Anna Bliss said she bought travel insurance and when she canceled her trip, she was expecting a full refund but hasn't gotten it. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    The woman says she has travel insurance and believes she should get a full refund.

    The woman says she has travel insurance and believes she should get a full refund.

  • Phoenix-area woman scammed out of $2,100 in 'Pet Scam'

    Phoenix-area woman scammed out of $2,100 in 'Pet Scam'

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-05-22 17:03:17 GMT
    Mackenzie Umpleby went online to look for a new dog and got scammed. (Source: 3TV)Mackenzie Umpleby went online to look for a new dog and got scammed. (Source: 3TV)
    Mackenzie Umpleby went online to look for a new dog and got scammed. (Source: 3TV)Mackenzie Umpleby went online to look for a new dog and got scammed. (Source: 3TV)

    A woman thought she was buying a German shepherd puppy but ended up getting scammed.

    A woman thought she was buying a German shepherd puppy but ended up getting scammed.

  • Adults are now 'banking' on allowance

    Adults are now 'banking' on allowance

    Saturday, May 19 2018 1:20 PM EDT2018-05-19 17:20:10 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Money is no game to Brandon and Amiyrah Martin. Two of their three children get allowance, but they’re not the only ones pocketing it. The couple also sets money aside for the adults in the house. They call it their ‘fun money.’

    Money is no game to Brandon and Amiyrah Martin. Two of their three children get allowance, but they’re not the only ones pocketing it. The couple also sets money aside for the adults in the house. They call it their ‘fun money.’

  • Are 'vacation loans' really worth it?

    Are 'vacation loans' really worth it?

    Friday, May 18 2018 12:30 AM EDT2018-05-18 04:30:12 GMT
    New loan companies aim to make travel more accessible. (Source: 3TV)New loan companies aim to make travel more accessible. (Source: 3TV)
    new loan companies aim to make travel more accessible. (Source: 3TV)new loan companies aim to make travel more accessible. (Source: 3TV)

    Trip loans can be dicey, so be careful.

    Trip loans can be dicey, so be careful.

  • Phoenix-area woman fights 'puzzling' billing issue

    Phoenix-area woman fights 'puzzling' billing issue

    Thursday, May 17 2018 10:24 AM EDT2018-05-17 14:24:21 GMT
    A woman said she kept getting billed by CenturyLiink even though she canceled the service. (Source: 3TV)A woman said she kept getting billed by CenturyLiink even though she canceled the service. (Source: 3TV)
    A woman said she kept getting billed by CenturyLiink even though she canceled the service. (Source: 3TV)A woman said she kept getting billed by CenturyLiink even though she canceled the service. (Source: 3TV)

    Even with her service canceled, she says CenturyLink continues to bill her for hundreds of dollars and she can't understand why.

    Even with her service canceled, she says CenturyLink continues to bill her for hundreds of dollars and she can't understand why.

  • Senior citizen swindled out of $17K in 'Grandparent Scam'

    Senior citizen swindled out of $17K in 'Grandparent Scam'

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 3:55 AM EDT2018-05-16 07:55:52 GMT
    Marion Mazur was the victim of the so-called "Grandparent Scam." (Source: 3TV)Marion Mazur was the victim of the so-called "Grandparent Scam." (Source: 3TV)

    Senior citizens routinely get targeted by scammers.

    Senior citizens routinely get targeted by scammers.

  • ADOT says new voluntary travel IDs will save you headaches

    ADOT says new voluntary travel IDs will save you headaches

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 2:37 PM EDT2018-05-15 18:37:49 GMT
    If you don't have the voluntary travel ID by October 1, of 2020, you won't be able to get through TSA checkpoints. (Source: 3TV)If you don't have the voluntary travel ID by October 1, of 2020, you won't be able to get through TSA checkpoints. (Source: 3TV)
    If you don't have the voluntary travel ID by October 1, of 2020, you won't be able to get through TSA checkpoints. (Source: 3TV)If you don't have the voluntary travel ID by October 1, of 2020, you won't be able to get through TSA checkpoints. (Source: 3TV)

    Traveling could be a huge pain if you don't have the voluntary travel ID by October 1, of 2020.

    Traveling could be a huge pain if you don't have the voluntary travel ID by October 1, of 2020.

Gary HarperGary Harper is the senior consumer and investigative reporter for 3 On Your Side at KTVK-TV.

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Gary Harper
3 On Your Side

With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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