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CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Consumer buying checklist provides consumers with a checklist for planning major purchases (“Tips for Being a Savvy Consumer,” available online at

July 25, 2014 9:02 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Preparing for retirement

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.”

July 04, 2014 8:11 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Credit muling expliots people who need money fast

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.

June 27, 2014 11:15 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Factors affecting your credit score

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:

June 20, 2014 4:42 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Savings strategies from FDIC

In the Spring 2014 issue of FDIC Consumer News, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. presents consumers with strategies to make saving easier.

June 13, 2014 11:42 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Consider total cost of timeshares,vacation plans

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.

June 06, 2014 10:43 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Mortgages and retirement

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.

May 30, 2014 9:44 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Joint effort assists members of military

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.

May 23, 2014 10:23 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Refund and recovery scams

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.

May 16, 2014 7:58 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Clothes Washers – Energy Star Savings

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 website.

May 09, 2014 11:13 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Outlet shopping

In a March 20 Federal Trade Commission blog, Colleen Tressler, a FTC Consumer Education Specialist, offers tips for shopping at outlet stores.

May 03, 2014 7:15 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Importance of starting a savings program

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.”

April 25, 2014 2:46 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: IRS warns of new email phishing scam

In a March 28 IRS Newswire publication (IR-2014-39), the Internal Revenue Service warned consumers of a new email-based phishing scheme.

April 18, 2014 7:48 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Financial crimes against older Americans

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.

April 11, 2014 9:45 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Treasury Direct Tools

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 (

April 04, 2014 12:52 pm

ID thefts remain top consumer complaints for 2013

Identity theft complaints once again are the top consumer complaints for 2013, as published in the “Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2013.”

March 29, 2014 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Financial caregivers

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.

March 21, 2014 2:27 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Scam funeral notices

In a Feb. 12 blog, Colleen Tressler, Federal Trade Commission Consumer Education Specialist, writes, “Fake funeral notice can be deadly – for your computer.”

March 14, 2014 4:09 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Deferred interest rate credit cards

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 …

March 07, 2014 12:46 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Specialty consumer reporting agencies

Many consumers are familiar with the big three national consumer reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

February 28, 2014 9:57 am
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