Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
Dec 3 2016

Mortgage Loan Limits Going Up

In January, the limit for a conventional loan (and the lowest interest rates) will go up slightly to $424,000. The limit in expensive cities like New York and Boston will rise to $686,000. Jumbo loans above these amounts generally can be had at higher interest rates. Here’s the story.

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Dec 2 2016

5 Reasons to Shop for a Home in December

Buy a home in December, and you might save 5 to 7 percent. That’s just one reason why this is the best time of year to house hunt. Here’s the story.

 

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Dec 2 2016

Hacker Giving Away Software Kit for Self-Driving Cars

When NHTSA started asking questions about the safety of a hacker’s software program to turn any car into a self-driving one, he decided to ditch the $999 price tag and give away his code instead. Here’s the story.

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Dec 2 2016

Duped Wells Fargo Customers Can’t Sue…Yet

It turns out that many Wells Fargo customers who had fraudulent accounts opened in their name without permission cannot sue the bank because of an arbitration clause contained in agreements of their legitimate accounts. To remedy this, two California legislators are filing a bill to allow such suits. Here’s the story.

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Dec 2 2016

Verify Online Payments with a Selfie?

MasterCard has introduced technology in Mexico and Brazil to allow credit card holders to verify their identity in the course of making an online purchase by taking a selfie! Here’s the story.

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Dec 2 2016

Beware “Confirm Your Order” Scam

A convincing new phishing scam threatens Amazon shoppers – just as the online behemoth announced it would offer Black Friday-type bargains as often as every five minutes all the way through Dec. 22.

These bogus emails say “Your Amazon.com order cannot be shipped.”

Here are the details.

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Dec 1 2016

If a retailer sends you stuff by mistake, can you keep it?

What happens if a retailer sends you two of something when you only ordered one? Can you keep it? The answer may surprise you.

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Nov 30 2016

McDonalds Testing Fresh Beef Patties

The slogan for the McDonalds Big Mac may have to change soon to say “Two all beef FRESH patties…” because the fast food chain is considering getting rid of frozen burgers. Here’s the story.

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Nov 29 2016

Calories Disclosure Does Little to Change Habits

One would hope that putting calories on menus would encourage diners to make healthier choices. Think again, according to a new study. Here’s the story.

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Nov 28 2016

17 Restaurants Offering Free Gift Cards for the Holidays

‘Tis the season to save on gift cards at your favorite restaurants. Find out who’s offering freebie bonus cards. Here’s the story

 

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Nov 24 2016

The new scam Amazon won’t warn you about

We’ve seen a rash of scammy sellers on Amazon. These third-party sellers trick customers into communication outside the Amazon system, then they tell the customers to pay for the product via Amazon gift card. The scammers take the card numbers and the cash, and it seems Amazon isn’t warning its customers. 

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Nov 23 2016

Best/Worst Times to Visit Disney World

Who likes waiting on all those lines at theme/amusements parks? No one! So here is advice on the best and worst times to visit Disney World.

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Nov 23 2016

Return Fraud Costs Retailers Billions

Christmas is the peak season for return fraud — when crooks take advantage of stores’ liberal return policies. See how they pull off this scam.

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Nov 21 2016

You can’t have your new name on your driver’s license. Or can you?

Proper identification became more important than ever after Sept. 11, 2001. But citizens whose names have changed over the years find frustration when trying to match all their IDs. See what happened.

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Nov 21 2016

McDonald’s Adding Waiters and Self-Service Kiosks

McDonald’s just announced plans to add table service and self-service ordering kiosks to it over 14,000 US restaurants. What’s next… linen napkins? Here’s the story.

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