Jan 27 2014

How did that charity get my address?
Why Europeans know, and Americans don’t

charityJuliana Jorge describes the dramatic differences between European and U.S. privacy laws. Example 1: How do you find out who knows your address? Read more

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Jan 27 2014

1 in 4 Expensive LED Bulbs Doesn’t Last

From the Daily Mail Reporter:

ledbulbNew tests from the UK consumer group Which? reveal that one-in-four of those new, expensive LED light bulbs don’t last as long as the makers claim. Here’s the story.

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Jan 26 2014

10 Crazy Insurance Policies You Never Knew Existed

From Beth Braverman, The Fiscal Times:

insuranceDid you ever hear of cold feet insurance? Yep, if you are about to marry a runaway bride, you’re covered! Find out what other crazy policies insurance companies will be more than happy to sell you in this story.

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Jan 26 2014

Social Security Offers a Lump Sum Benefit!
(But You’ll Need a Calculator and a Crystal Ball)

From Kiplinger’s Retirement Report:

Social SecurityWho knew, but you can get a one-time lump sum payment from Social Security if you delay payments beyond your full retirement age. Whether you should do it or not, however, depends on how clear your crystal ball is. Here’s the story.

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Jan 25 2014

Where’s my replacement TV from Wal-Mart?

TVLatonya Holloway’s TV stopped working. Good thing she bought the extended warranty from Wal-Mart. Or is it? Consumer advocate Christopher Elliott investigates. Read the full story.

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Jan 24 2014

Paper or Email? Pros and Cons of Digital Receipts

DigitalReceiptE-receipts are often promoted as a way to save paper which they do.  They’re also convenient – easy to file and to find later. Why do retailers want you to use them? Because they’re the perfect way to try to sell you more stuff after the sale. Read the full story.

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Jan 24 2014

How to Get Free Cellphone Service

cellphoneTired of spending a ton of cash on your cellphone bill each month? We explain how to change to free or greatly discounted service.

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Jan 24 2014

Nutrition Facts Label to Get a Makeover

nutrition factsAfter 20 years, the nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is about to get a makeover. One recommendation is that key components of products like sugar, salt, and fat be expressed in teaspoons since most consumers don’t under the metric measurements currently used (see Consumer World study). Here is today’s story.

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Jan 23 2014

Beware $25 Target Gift Card Offer

From John Matarese, WCPO-TV:

TargetPeople are now receiving emails with reassuring words from Target’s CEO about the data breach in quotes at the top of the letter. The email then goes on to offer a $25 gift card. The problem is that the email is not from Target. Don’t fall for this misleading ploy. Here’s the full story.

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Jan 23 2014

Consumer Reports: Pepsi One Contains Possible Carcinogen

From Consumer Reports:

Pepsi OneTests conducted by Consumer Reports on a dozen brands of colas reveal that a chemical, 4-MeI, a potential carcinogen, was found in Pepsi One at higher levels than any other soda. The levels detected in samples could require a warning label under California law. Here is the full story.

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Jan 22 2014

Hotels Ripe for Credit Card Thefts

From Christopher Elliott, Washington Post:

credit cardsExperts say outdated computerized check-in systems at hotels are ripe for swiping credit numbers of unsuspecting guests. Here is the story of two women who checked into a fancy Las Vegas hotel, and shortly thereafter both of their credit cards were used fraudulently.

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Jan 22 2014

Doggie Deception: Thieves Target Dog Lovers

From CBS Denver:

A new scam is targeting dog lovers across the country. Online ads with adorable puppy pictures promise pure bred dogs at bargain basement prices. Once hooked, the buyer receives additional bills totaling thousands of dollars for insurance, medical care, transportation and more. Here’s the story.

Puppy scam

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Jan 21 2014

How to Torment Telemarketers

mad at phone callFrom David Lazarus, L.A. Times:

Telemarketers are annoying to most call recipients. Now consumers turn the tables, and offer their suggestions on how to fight back. Here is the story.

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Jan 20 2014

The Surprise Ingredients in Tropicana Farmstand

Tropicana Farmstand Tropicana’s new vegetable and fruit juice combinations sound yummy: peach-mango, strawberry-banana, and pomegranate-blueberry. But, there is not a lot of the products’ namesake fruits in each bottle. What is the main ingredient (besides water)? You’d never guess, and you might go “yuck” when you find out. Here’s the story from MousePrint.org .

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Jan 19 2014

4 Simple Tactics to Fatten Your Bank Account

piggybankThe best time to start saving money? Ten years ago. The second-best time? Today. Use these 4 tips to turn your finances around in 2014. Here’s the rest of the story.

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