TV News Stories Archive

Dec 27 2016

THIS APP TURNS YOUR PHONE INTO A MONEY MAKER

Long gone are the days of companies hiring traditional market research firms.  Now anyone with a smartphone has all the technology they need to be a research field agent and earn extra cash- up to $600 tax
Dec 7 2016

How to Get Less Physical Junk Mail

From John Matarese, WCPO-TV: Is your mailbox overrun with catalogs from stores you no longer shop at? You can get off mailing lists just by using one website. Here’s the story.
Nov 2 2016

He Fell for the Grandparents Scam

From John Matarese, WCPO-TV: A man describes what happened when he got a call saying that his grandson had been in a car accident. Here’s the story.
Oct 21 2016

Beware Mystery Shopper Scams

From John Matarese, WCPO-TV: This time of year many people may be looking for ways to supplement their income. Becoming a mystery shopper is one way, but there are many scams out there. Don’t fall for the
Oct 11 2016

Some Honda Civics Plagued with Phantom Warning Messages

From John Matarese, WCPO-TV: Some Honda Civic’s optional HondaLink infortainment system have been flashings with failure warnings, such as “brake system problem: the brake system has a problem where the brake fluid may be low.” The trouble
Oct 3 2016

The ads say they do the work, the fine print says they don’t have to

Thumbtack is the online service that pairs consumers with “qualified professionals” but it turns out the service has no obligation to vet the information given by any of its “pros”.  They sent unlicensed people to our house
Sep 19 2016

Are extended warranties worth it?

Consumer watchdogs have been critical of extended warranties for not covering the most-needed repairs to items. One often-criticized warranty company left a customer without help in a different way. See what happened, and how the company made
Aug 26 2016

Bluetooth Skimmers Found Inside Gas Pumps

The latest way that crooks are stealing credit card numbers is with skimmers INSIDE gas pumps that send your credit card information over the air via Bluetooth. Yikes. Here’s the story.
Jul 14 2016

Dashcams Save Money, Protect You

More people are installing dash cams so they have proof of who was in the right and who was in the wrong should a traffic accident occur. Here’s the story.
May 27 2016

Is TSA PreCheck Worth the Money?

With such long lines to get through security at airports, many are trying to save time by signing up for TSA PreCheck for an $85 fee. Is it worth the money?
May 11 2016

CA Moves to Authorize Fines for Faulty Car Repairs

California lawmakers are calling for more oversight of the auto repair industry after an NBC Bay Area investigation exposed how lax enforcement leaves California motorists unprotected. The Bureau of Automotive Repair is a state agency created to
May 10 2016

Beware Upsell Tactics During Airbag Replacements

From: John Matarese, WCPO-TV: A tactic that some car repair shops and dealers are using is to take advantage of customers coming in to have their airbags replaced under the Takata recall and recommending other repairs that
Apr 18 2016

Senior Loses $300K in Romance Scam

The perils of Internet dating once again come to light after a senior citizen fell for a online romance scam. The heel said he was in the hospital and needed an operation. And you know happened next.
Mar 22 2016

That Great Online Deal Could be a Counterfeit

Whether it is Ugg boots, brand name sneakers, or Dr. Dre headsets, you could be ordering a fake when the price is too low. Here’s the story.
Mar 15 2016

Bacteria Can Lurk in Sippy Cups

A mother recently took apart her daughters Sippy Cup and discovered a brownish residue around the value. A local TV station tested it, and found that it wasn’t mold. It was bacteria! Here’s the story.