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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.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (through its www.energystar.gov website), Energy Star certified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), pay for themselves through energy savings in about six months.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the winter edition of its Consumer News reminds consumers to check their credit reports for errors and potential fraud.
The Federal Trade Commission offers consumers things to consider when reviewing advertisements promoting vehicle sales at great deals (www.ftc.gov, “Are Car Ads Taking You for a Ride?”).
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) involves a partnership between the National White Collar Crime Center and the FBI.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the Fall 2013 issue of FDIC Consumer News cautions consumers to be wary of mortgage scams (“Protect Yourself from Mortgage Scams,” www.fdic.gov).
On Dec. 24, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved a U.S. Postal Service request for an exigent price increase.
The following new year’s resolutions could help you become a more informed consumer in 2014.
January 13 through 17 is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. The week will include national and regional events designed to raise awareness of the tax identity theft problem and provide guidance for victims dealing with the occurrence.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical American family spends about $2,000 annually on the cost of home utility bills.
The Federal Communications Commission provides suggestions for consumers to protect data contained on a wireless device in the event of its theft or loss (“Stolen and Lost Wireless Devices,” available at http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/consumer…
With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, it’s again time to refer consumers to the National Crime Prevention Council’s “Safe Shopping” web publication, available at www.ncpc.org.
With the holiday shopping season approaching, the Federal Trade Commission offers consumers tips for shopping online.
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