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You make concerted efforts to safeguard information from identity thieves — keeping bank card passwords concealed, buying online goods solely from secure websites and refusing to furnish personal information to anyone you don't know. Adults and...
Take a line-by-line look at your cellphone bill — all dozen or so pages. See a $9.99 charge for horoscopes, flirting tips or some such thing that you didn't request? If so, you've been crammed. Once only a big problem with landline telephones,...
The first caller told Norman Breidenbaugh he had won $2.5 million in a foreign sweepstakes, but there was a catch: Breidenbaugh needed to send $2,000 in fees before collecting his earnings. Other calls followed, promising Breidenbaugh millions more...
One good thing about being the victim of a widespread scam estimated to cost American consumers $2 billion a year: You don't feel like the only fool in the country. And in the matter of "cramming" — when shady text-message companies bill cell phone...
Immigrant advocates are warning people who plan to apply for a work permit under a new federal immigration policy to beware of scammers and hold off on taking any formal action until more details emerge about how the program will work. The policy shift,...
To: Richard Cordray, Director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dear Mr. Cordray: First, congratulations on your appointment to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Unless the banking interests have their way, your appointment is expected...
Marquis Jones doesn't believe she owes money on a credit-card account that a debt-buying company sued to collect from her. More importantly, though, the firm never proved she did. But because the Severn woman wasn't given notice of the lawsuit —...
It turns out wearing sneakers - without exercising - won't get you in shape. Skechers USA has agreed to a $40 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for making that claim. The shoe company had claimed its Shape-ups sneakers would help...
Yo-yo financing is what happens when you drive off the lot with your newly purchased car, only to be reeled back in days or weeks later by the dealer because the financing didn't go through. Your choice: Return the car or keep it and accept less-...
Tags: Money and Monetary Policy, Consumers, Loans, Vehicles, Lawyers
The Federal Trade Commission announced that CVS Caremark Corp. agreed to pay $5 million to settle a complaint that it misinformed seniors about the price of certain Medicare Part D prescription drugs sold through CVS and Walgreens pharmacies. The...
As concern grows over child identity theft, Maryland is considering legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to protect a youngster's credit report. Minors aren't supposed to have such reports because they're too young to get credit....
Joyce Brown of Brooklyn Park receives lots of blatantly bogus letters claiming she won millions or billions of dollars in a lottery, but the one that arrived about a week ago was different. The letter contained a check so real-looking, the 78-year-old...
Tags: Business, Consumers, Sales, Lotteries, Brooklyn Park
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