Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
Oct 31 2014

Synthetic ID Fraud on the Rise

From Bob Sullivan, BobSullivan.net:

There is a relatively new type of fraud out there called “synthetic ID fraud.” In these cases, crooks make up an identity, using a random social security number (there’s a lottery you don’t want to win) in order to obtain credit. The crooks also use this technique to make fraudulent requests for tax refunds. Here’s the story.

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Oct 30 2014

Banks Need to Do Better at Serving Military Bases, Study Says

A new study by Pew Charitable Trusts finds that financial institutions allowed to be on military bases do not always look out for the best interests of service members. Read the full story:

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Oct 30 2014

A Simple Way to Invest Your Retirement Savings

Taking control of your retirement investing isn’t as scary as you may think. Here are simple ways to get going and tips for learning more.

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Oct 30 2014

High-Calorie Junk Food Lines Checkout Aisles

As much as 90% of the food found in checkout aisles at supermarkets and non-food retailers qualifies as junk food according to a study conducted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Here’s the story.

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Oct 30 2014

Crash Tests to Use Fatter Dummies

Reflecting our overweight population, new car crash tests will include fatter dummies. Obese car occupants are much more likely to die than average weight passengers. Here’s the story.

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Oct 30 2014

Movie Theaters Say Leave Your Smartwatch and Google Glass(es) at Home

The Motion Picture Association of America and theater owners have just come out with a new policy banning new-fangled recording device from movie theaters including smartwatches and Google Glass. Here’s the story.

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Oct 29 2014

New App Ends Haggling on Used Cars

A new app from Edmunds.com promises to not only give you pricing information about used cars, but also a “price promise” from local dealers so that haggling is not necessary. Here’s the story.

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Oct 29 2014

1 in 3 Employers to Only Offer High-Deductible Plans

Your health insurance plan may soon cost less per month, but don’t celebrate yet. Some 32% of companies say they will only offer high-deductible health insurance plans to their employees in 2015. That means you might have to pay $1500 or more out of pocket before your plan kicks in. Here’s the story.

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Oct 28 2014

Phone Scams Continue to Utilize Prepaid Cards

Beware… if a phone caller encourages you to go to the drugstore to put some cash on a MoneyPak card and give him the code numbers… hang up. It’s a scam. To combat a proliferation of these scams that take all different forms, GreenDot which operates MoneyPak, is coming out with a safer system in 2015. Here’s the story.

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Oct 28 2014

Beware Tricky New Car Jargon

From Jim Donovan, KYW-TV:

Terms like “all-new,” “re-designed,” and “refreshed” are often used in advertising, but be aware there are no federally regulated and no industry-wide definitions. What they mean may depend on who you ask. Here’s the story.

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Oct 27 2014

Junk Food Makers Using Facebook to Target Young People

How are makers of unhealthy snacks and beverages reaching their young target audience these days? Facebook, of course. Here’s the story.

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Oct 26 2014

Like Airlines, Doctors/Hospitals Sneak in Extra Fees Not Covered by Insurance

doctorYou think you’re covered. You went to a network doctor in a network hospital. But the clever hospital or doctor throws in a fee not covered by your insurance, thus leaving you with a new out-of-pocket expense. Here’s the story.

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Oct 24 2014

New Rules Pending for Locating 911 Cell Callers

When you call 911 from a cellphone, the dispatcher may not be able to determine your exact location. Proposed rules from the FCC may help improve the situation. Here’s the story.

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Oct 24 2014

Uber Tests Delivering Nurses to Your Home

Need a flu shot? Uber, the car-on-call taxi-like service, is testing Uber Health in three cities where a nurse will come to your location, syringe in hand. Here’s the story.

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Oct 23 2014

Recalled and Unlabeled Drugs Found in OTC Supplements

Dietary supplements containing potentially dangerous prescription drug ingredients may still be for sale even years after safety recalls, a study found. In supplements bought online, researchers detected hidden steroids, similar ingredients to Viagra and Prozac and a weight loss drug linked with heart attacks. Here’s the story.

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