Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
Oct 1 2014

Is Dental Insurance Worth the Cost?

Dental insurance isn’t like medical insurance, because here it’s not just your teeth that get capped; it’s also your benefits. But there are 10 other ways to take a bite out of bills. Read about them here.  

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Oct 1 2014

FTC: Caffeine-Infused Underwear is No Weight Loss Miracle

In the never ending search for miracle weight loss cures, the FTC is warning consumers not to fall for the latest pitch that caffeine-infused underwear and shapewear works. Here’s the story.

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Sep 30 2014

NHTSA Reviewing Unintended Acceleration of Toyotas

The National Highway Safety Administration has 163 complaints from Toyota Corollas owners about sudden unintended acceleration and the agency says it is investigating the issue. Here’s the story.

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Sep 29 2014

Baby Cams Can Be Hacked

Here are a couple of shocking incidents where baby cameras hooked up the Internet to send mom and dad video of their little angel have been hacked. This can allow not only viewing of your baby by unauthorized people, but they can also transmit their voice into your house.

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Sep 29 2014

Bank Fees Hit Record High

Better check your bank statement because fees are reaching new highs at many banks, including charges for using outside ATM machines. Believe it or not, the average fee for an out of network ATM is now $4.35! Here’s the story.

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Sep 27 2014

Sell Your Used Car, No Dealer Needed

A few new services claim to cut out the middleman when you have to sell your used car. Carlypso, Carphoria, and CarLotz all say they will help take the hassle out of the process. Here’s the story.

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Sep 26 2014

US Bank Refunding $50-mil to Customers

The CFPB has settled a case against US Bank which allegedly charged credit card customers for credit monitoring services but never delivered the service. Close to half a million customers will be getting $48 million in refunds.

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Sep 26 2014

How Much Should That Doctor Visit Cost?

From John Matarese, WCPO-TV:

Going to the doctor or dentist soon? If you don’t have insurance, you have to pay out of your own pocket. And that could get expensive. Here are two resources to help you know in advance how much various medical and dental procedures cost on average in your area.

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Sep 26 2014

Everyone Has a Consumer Story, and They’re Listening

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) often makes decisions of what cases to pursue after hearing about new issues from regular consumers like you. Here are some of their stories.

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Sep 25 2014

Coming Soon: A World Without Wallets?

Apple is all about changing the way we live, and now they want us to ditch our wallets. Will it work? Read about it here.

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Sep 25 2014

Control Your Crock-Pot From Your Cellphone

From the what-will-they-think-of-next department: a smart crock-pot. Yes, you can monitor the cooking progress of your pot roast via an app on your smartphone. Here’s the story.

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Sep 25 2014

Can a company stop you from writing a negative online review? Not if Congress passes this bill!

From Herb Weisbaum, NBC News:

Congress is taking a cue from the state of California and is considering a bill that would ban companies from using or enforcing non-disparagement clauses in contracts with consumers. These clauses have put a chill on consumers who want to write a negative review online about those companies. Here’s the story.

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Sep 24 2014

Montgomery County Warns Consumers About IRS Telephone Scam

Montgomery County Maryland Executive Isiah Leggett announces a warning from Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) and Montgomery County Police Financial Crimes Section, about a nationwide telephone scam that relies upon intimidation to steal millions of dollars from consumers.

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Sep 24 2014

Walmart Wants to be Your Bank

Walmart just announced that it will soon be offering checking accounts linked to a Green Dot debit card.

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Sep 23 2014

New-Fangled Browser Converts Websites to Text Messages

No data, no problem. A new browser named Cosmos is being tested to give you access to websites when you have no data connection. It’s not pretty, but it seems to work by converting websites into a series of compressed text messages. Here’s the story.

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