Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
Aug 28 2015

Tax Software Makers Lobby Congress to Keep Tax Forms Confusing

H&R Block and Intuit (maker of TurboTax) have been busy lobbying congress not to simplify taxes, but to keep them confusing. In particular, lobbyists have proposed to increase to five pages, a one-page form that poor people have to fill out for the earned income tax credit. Here’s the story.

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Aug 28 2015

4 Ways Your Car Spies on You — and How to Protect Yourself

Are you being stalked behind the wheel? Here’s how to tell — and what to do about it.

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Aug 28 2015

Macy’s Backstage Debuts September 2

Macy’s is getting into the deep discounting business by opening a new line of stores called “Macy’s Backstage.” The first four stores open on September 2 in New York. Reports are that they will be similar to T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. Here’s the scoop.

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Aug 28 2015

FDA Warns Cigarette Maker About “Addictive-Free” Claims

The FDA has warned a cigarette maker that it cannot market its brand of cigarettes as “additive-free” and “natural.” These terms imply a safer cigarette, according to consumer studies. Here’s the story.

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Aug 27 2015

Don’t let this happen to your E-ZPass account

E-ZPass is a popular cashless toll option that’s convenient for many drivers. But if you’re not careful, you may face unexpected charges to your account, and getting a refund can be complex and filled with red tape. Here’s the story.  

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Aug 27 2015

NY-AG Gets Radio Shack to Honor Gift Cards

Consumers who thought they were out of luck if they bought Radio Shack gift cards are being rescued by the New York attorney general. The AG negotiated a settlement to have those cards honored in full. Here’s the story.

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Aug 27 2015

Medical ID Theft a Growing Threat

It is not just ID theft that consumers have to worry about these days. They also have to be concerned about medical ID theft too, with about 2.5 million victims expected this year. Here are some tips to help prevent the problem.

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Aug 26 2015

Some Student Credit Cards No So Bad

A new study by CreditCards.com reveals that not all student card offers are bad, and some might even be recommended choices. Here’s the story.

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Aug 24 2015

Beware Shoulder Surfing of Social Security Numbers

Here’s a new one. Crooks stand at an angle behind you when you are cashing a check at Walmart. They use a smartphone to record your social security number as you enter it into Walmart’s device. They then use your number to cash bogus checks. Here’s the story.

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Aug 24 2015

Woman says she paid $1,500 over 5 years for phantom Verizon landline

Companies make billing mistakes, which is why consumers must read their bills carefully. One woman learned that the hard way after paying $1,500 over 5 years for a Verizon landline she said she cancelled. Here’s the story. 

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Aug 21 2015

Intuit to Sell Off Quicken

After decades of ownership, Intuit has decided to sell off its flagship checkbook management software program, Quicken. We can only hope that whomever buys it does not follow Intuit’s anti-consumer practice of deliberately disabling online capabilities every three years (thus requiring a re-purchase). Here’s the story.

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Aug 20 2015

3 Steps to Repairing Your Own Credit

With a little patience and effort, you can repair your credit without paying for the assistance of a credit repair company. Here’s the story

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Aug 20 2015

Consumer feels kicked after Dr. Scholl’s doesn’t send promised refund

When a consumer didn’t like a Dr. Scholl’s product, he decided to take advantage of the company’s money back guarantee. A comedy of errors ensued, and the refund check never arrived. Here’s the story. 

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Aug 20 2015

Activity Trackers May Not be Totally Accurate

If you wear a FitBit or other activity tracker when exercising, you’ll want to read this story about an Iowa State University study noting the error rate it found with popular models of different brands.

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Aug 18 2015

UK Plans “Digital Vault” to Store Everyone’s Financial Info

What a gold mine this could be for hackers… the government and private industry in the United Kingdom are planning to create a repository for everyone’s financial information. Here’s the story.

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