RSSConsumer Affairs With Joseph Pellicciotti
USA.gov provides consumers with a checklist for planning major purchases (“Tips for Being a Savvy Consumer,” available online at www.usa.gov/topics/consumer/smart-shopping/tips.shtml).
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), working with other organizations, has developed a retirement planning publication, “Taking the Mystery out of Retirement Planning.”
Have you heard of credit muling? According to the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer education specialist, Colleen Tressler, this is yet another way to exploit people who need money fast.
Credit score models used by businesses may vary and are usually complex. However, according to the Federal Trade Commission, credit scores can be affected by many factors, including the following:
In the Spring 2014 issue of FDIC Consumer News, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. presents consumers with strategies to make saving easier.
If you are considering the purchase of a timeshare or vacation interval plan, you may find the Federal Trade Commission’s “Timeshares and Vacation Plans” publication useful.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Nora Dowd Eisenhower reports in a May 7 blog (“Consumer advisory: 3 things to keep your retirement plan on track”) that fewer older homeowners own their homes free of mortgages now than a decade ago.
The second annual Military Consumer Protection Day will take place July 16. The event is a joint initiative of various federal, state and local agencies and nonprofit organizations.
The Federal Trade Commission cautions consumers to be careful of refund and recovery scams. These scams are designed to target those who have already been the victims of scams by others.
If you are considering buying a new clothes washer, you may want to review the buying guidance available from the EPA and Department of Energy at the EnergyStar.gov website.
In a March 20 Federal Trade Commission blog, Colleen Tressler, a FTC Consumer Education Specialist, offers tips for shopping at outlet stores.
In an April 10 Federal Trade Commission blog, Colleen Tressler, a FTC consumer education specialist, wrote “Now’s the time to start a savings plan.”
In a March 28 IRS Newswire publication (IR-2014-39), the Internal Revenue Service warned consumers of a new email-based phishing scheme.
The U.S. Department of Justice maintains the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) community policing topics series on its website. One topic discussed is financial crimes against the elderly.
If you own or are thinking of owning U.S. Savings Bonds or other U.S. Treasury securities, you may want to check out tools available through the Treasury Department’s website, TreasuryDirect (www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/tools/tools.htm).
Identity theft complaints once again are the top consumer complaints for 2013, as published in the “Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2013.”
According to Naomi Karp of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, millions of Americans manage the property of loved ones who are unable to do so for themselves.
In a Feb. 12 blog, Colleen Tressler, Federal Trade Commission Consumer Education Specialist, writes, “Fake funeral notice can be deadly – for your computer.”
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Eisenhower and Yang write in a Feb. 6 blog about deferred interest rate credit cards and health care providers sometimes suggesting the cards as patient payment options (“What’s the deal with health …
Many consumers are familiar with the big three national consumer reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
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