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  • Car buyers should know their rights when getting financing through an auto dealer

    Car buyers should know their rights when getting financing through an auto dealer
    Imagine showing off your new car to friends and family only to get a call from the dealer — sometimes weeks later — saying your financing has fallen through. You're given the option of returning the car or signing a new sales agreement with...
  • Stopping thieves before they steal your child's identity

    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....
  • Fake debt collectors a 'major problem,' regulator says

    It's bad enough being hounded by collection agencies for debt that's yours. Imagine getting calls from fake debt collectors in India who threaten to have you arrested for not repaying payday loans you don't owe. That's what the Federal Trade Commission...
  • Former waiter at Laurel T.G.I. Friday's indicted in alleged credit card scam

    Former waiter at Laurel T.G.I. Friday's indicted in alleged credit card scam
    An Elkridge man was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 11 and charged with theft, identity theft and conspiracy to commit theft, stemming from a credit card scam he allegedly ran while working as a waiter at T.G.I. Friday's on Route 1 inLaurel. According to...
  • Debt collectors, other businesses want to call your cellphone

    That unfamiliar incoming call to your cellphone soon might be from a debt collector. Cellphones are largely off-limits to collection agencies, but proposals by the White House and Congress could change that. Supporters say regulations have not kept up...
  • FTC: Reebok to pay $25 million for deceptive advertising of toning shoes

    FTC: Reebok to pay $25 million for deceptive advertising of toning shoes
    Reebok spokesman Dan Sarro responded to the FTC settlement: "We stand behind our EasyTone technology – the first shoe in the toning category that was inspired by balance-ball training. Settling does not mean we agree with the FTC’s...
  • Md. bans yo-yo financing of car purchases, but it still happens

    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-...
  • One more no-haggle car-buying tip

    One more no-haggle car-buying tip
    This weekend I wrote about tips for buying a car, including hiring a non-profit to do the negotiating for you. Reader Terry Shepard offered another no-haggle tip: “…There is (or at least used to be) one additional way to avoid haggling on...
  • Maryland auto dealer tells industry side of the story

    On Sunday, I wrote about the Federal Trade Commission’s fact-finding mission into the consumer experience of buying, leasing and financing a car. The FTC is trying to decide whether current consumer protections are enough, or whether more...
  • Dollar General goes hostile in bid for Family Dollar

    Dollar General goes hostile in bid for Family Dollar
    Dollar General Corp., spurned twice in its attempt to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc., took its $9.1 billion offer directly to shareholders in a hostile bid. Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, has commenced an offer for all Family...
  • China's antitrust regulators defend probes; Qualcomm inquiry nearly over

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's three anti-monopoly regulators on Thursday launched a vigorous defense of their recent investigations into foreign companies, which have prompted mounting international criticism, and said they are not targeting multinational...
  • Dollar General launches hostile bid for Family Dollar

    Dollar General is taking its fight for Family Dollar directly to the company's shareholders, launching a hostile bid Wednesday that could circumvent Family Dollar's reluctant board of directors and help Dollar General win antitrust approval for the deal....