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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).
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 care credit cards?” at www.consumerfinance.gov).
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/consumerfacts/lostwirelessdevices.pdf).
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.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, average household lighting costs represent about 10 percent of a homeowner’s energy budget.
Jennifer Leach, Consumer Education Specialist with the Federal Trade Commission, writes in a Sept. 30 blog, “Paying for a Threat,” of scam artists increasingly directing consumers to use online money transfer services, prepaid cards or gift cards to pay them.
The Office of the Indiana Attorney General maintains IndianaUnclaimed.gov as part of the Attorney General’s efforts to return unclaimed property to its rightful owners.
The national Do Not Call registry had its 10th anniversary in June. According to the Federal Trade Commission, which manages the registry, more than 220 million consumers have registered over the 10-year period.
According to the U.S. Treasury Department, 25,000 bond payments are returned each year to the department as undeliverable.
The Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission’s Mymoney.gov website offers consumers access to an impressive grouping of online tools from federal government agencies designed to assist consumers in making their financial decisions.
September is National Preparedness Month. Do not let the month slip away without at least visiting the Ready.gov website at www.ready.gov.
Individuals will be able to apply for and enroll in health coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act through the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning Oct. 1.
On Aug. 2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new regulation defining the term “gluten-free.” The purpose of the rule is to provide a uniform standard definition for voluntary food labeling.
If you are planning for an interstate move of your household belongings, you first may want to check out the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s “Protect Your Move” website at www.protectyourmove.gov.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. suggests in the Spring 2013 issue of the FDIC’s Consumer News that consumers needing small, short-term loans include information about their local banks’ loan products when comparison shopping for loans.
FTC Division of Consumer & Business Education Attorney Rosario Méndez, wrote in a July 3 agency blog about a new form of check scam making the rounds (“The Rap on Car Wrap Scams,” found at www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/rss).
Cost savings can occur through the use of energy-efficient products in your home.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. offers tips to help consumers keep their credit and debit cards safe.
This is the second of two columns reviewing vacation travel tips from the Federal Trade Commission’s publication, “Travel Tips” (www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0046-travel-tips).
This is the first of two columns reviewing vacation travel trips from the Federal Trade Commission’s publication, “Travel Tips” (www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0046-travel-tips).
Military Consumer Protection Day is July 17.
In a May 10 blog, “The Affordable Care Act: When Scams Follow the News,” Tracey Thomas, a Federal Trade Commission attorney, warns consumers of unscrupulous people trying to convince consumers to sign up now for health insurance through the new law’s Health Insurance Marketplace.
The Federal Trade Commission’s “Helping Victims of the Bombing in Boston – Make Sure Your Donations Count” reminds consumers to do some research on where they intend to donate before doing so.
This is the second of two columns on credit reports and credit scores.
This is the first of two columns offering consumers basic information on credit reports and credit scores.
This is the final of three columns on the Federal Trade Commission’s publication, “Consumer Fraud in the United States, 2011.” The publication presents findings of a survey the agency commissioned to examine consumer experiences involving fraud.
In April, the Federal Trade Commission published, “Consumer Fraud in the United States, 2011,” presenting findings of a survey commissioned by the agency to examine consumer experiences involving fraud.
In April the Federal Trade Commission published, “Consumer Fraud in the United States, 2011.”
Parents, grandparents, and guardians who spend time teaching money-management skills to young people can do those they teach an important service.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division maintains a useful website for air travelers.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy publishes “Saving and Investing,” a publication designed to provide information on the basics of consumer saving and investing.
April 20-27 is “Money Smart Week” in Indiana.
The U.S. Department of Energy provides tips on saving money through energy efficiency in the kitchen (www.energysavers.gov).
The latest issue of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s FDIC Consumer News offers consumers tips for safer mobile banking.
The Federal Trade Commission recently published the 2012 annual report, Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, containing a listing of the top 10 consumer complaints.
Home emergency preparedness can appear complex and time-consuming to consumers.
With tax-filing season in full swing, the Federal Trade Commission is reminding consumers to be careful of identity theft related to personal tax filings.
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