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Consumer Affairs

Beware those sweepstakes calls

The Federal Trade Commission warned consumers in an Aug. 3 “Tips for Consumers” publication to be wary of individuals who call claiming to be from the FTC and telling those called they have won a sweepstakes.

August 25, 2012 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Wiring money overseas

The Federal Trade Commission, in cooperation with the Appleseed Foundation, has issued a Consumer Alert on sending money to family and friends overseas.

July 07, 2012 12:00 am

Resolve to be a smarter consumer in 2012

If you are in the habit of making New Year's resolutions, consider including this year resolutions that make you a better consumer in 2012.

December 31, 2011 12:00 am

Research risks before you trade futures

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission seeks to protect consumers from fraud in the commodity futures and options markets.

September 10, 2011 12:00 am

Beware sellers who promise cell phone protection with shields

Last month the Federal Trade Commission issued the Consumer Alert, "Listen Up: Tips to Help Avoid Cell Phone Radiation Scams," available at www.ftc.gov.

July 09, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Timeshares and camping clubs

The Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General's Office has tips for consumers on timeshares and camping clubs.

April 30, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FTC helps you spend money wisely

The Federal Trade Commission offers consumers tips for spending money wisely.

April 22, 2011 3:00 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Tips for better use of your credit cards

The Federal Reserve Board offers tips on the better use of credit cards.

April 09, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Top 2010 consumer complaints

Last month the Federal Trade Commission published the annual report, Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January-December 2010.

April 02, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Wise driving saves gas money

With gasoline prices rising again, consumers can benefit by considering suggestions for gasoline savings from the U.S. Department of Energy.

March 26, 2011 12:00 am

Lakeshore Chamber to examine consumer protection

HAMMOND | The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce's next monthly luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. March 30 at the Federal Courthouse, 5400 Federal Plaza.

March 14, 2011 1:00 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FDIC warns of fraudulent e-mails

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. issued a consumer alert on Feb. 15, warning consumers of numerous reports of a fraudulent e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC.

March 05, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: National focus on the consumer

Consumers are receiving a boost this week and next through a national focus on consumer savings and consumer protection.

February 26, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Home energy savings calculators

Several energy savings calculators exist online to help consumers estimate the amount of energy and money they can save through energy-efficient improvements to their homes.

February 19, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: What to know about your auto warranty

The Federal Trade Commission wants consumers to know that a car dealer cannot void a car's warranty simply because you have someone else do routine maintenance on the vehicle.

February 12, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: IRS Free File is back

Free File, an online tax preparation program, is available once more this tax season to taxpayers through the use of one of two options -- either brand-name software or an electronic version of the Internal Revenue Service paper forms.

February 05, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Power outages and food safety

A good source for consumer information on food safety is www.foodsafety.gov. Included at the site is information regarding food safety during and after an emergency.

January 29, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Tips for avoiding international scams

The Federal Trade Commission has published "Putting a Lid on International Scams: 10 Tips for Being a Canny Consumer," available at www.ftc.gov.

January 22, 2011 12:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Carbon monoxide safety tips

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can kill quickly.

January 08, 2011 12:00 am

Help yourself be a better, safer consumer

Commit to being a better consumer in 2011.

January 01, 2011 12:00 am
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