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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 (www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/tools/tools.htm).

April 04, 2014 12:52 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 care credit cards?” at www.consumerfinance.gov).

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

CONSUMER AFFIARS: Energy Star Certified CFLs

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.

February 21, 2014 10:01 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Free credit reports

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.

February 14, 2014 9:48 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Issues to consider when buying a car

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?”).

February 07, 2014 11:33 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: IC3 alerts authorities of possible Internet crime

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) involves a partnership between the National White Collar Crime Center and the FBI.

January 31, 2014 9:02 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Be cautious of mortgage scams

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).

January 17, 2014 11:13 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Postage rate increase

On Dec. 24, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved a U.S. Postal Service request for an exigent price increase.

January 10, 2014 9:26 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Consumers’ new year resolutions

The following new year’s resolutions could help you become a more informed consumer in 2014.

January 03, 2014 4:47 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

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.

December 28, 2013 9:37 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: A whole-house approach to energy savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical American family spends about $2,000 annually on the cost of home utility bills.

December 20, 2013 3:02 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Dealing with Stolen/Lost Wireless Devices”

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).

December 14, 2013 6:30 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Safety tips for holiday shopping

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.

November 30, 2013 9:14 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FTC’s gift-buying tips

With the holiday shopping season approaching, the Federal Trade Commission offers consumers tips for shopping online.

November 22, 2013 4:38 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Energy-Saving Tips Re: Indoor Home Lighting”

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, average household lighting costs represent about 10 percent of a homeowner’s energy budget.

November 15, 2013 8:58 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: New forms of payment demanded by scammers

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.

November 08, 2013 10:17 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Search for unclaimed property

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.

November 01, 2013 1:00 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Do Not Call celebrates 10 years

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.

October 18, 2013 2:42 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Treasury's 'Treasury Hunt'

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, 25,000 bond payments are returned each year to the department as undeliverable.

October 11, 2013 9:23 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Financial decision tools

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.

October 04, 2013 1:35 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Do not let the month slip away without at least visiting the Ready.gov website at www.ready.gov.

September 27, 2013 10:05 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Insurance marketplace located at healthcare.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.

September 06, 2013 9:31 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FDA’s new 'gluten-free' definition for food labeling

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.

August 30, 2013 10:03 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Protecting Your Move

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.

August 23, 2013 4:49 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Short-term, small loans

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.

August 09, 2013 12:57 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Car wrap scam

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).

August 03, 2013 11:49 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Energy Star most efficient products

Cost savings can occur through the use of energy-efficient products in your home.

July 26, 2013 10:19 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Protecting your credit and debit cards

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. offers tips to help consumers keep their credit and debit cards safe.

July 19, 2013 9:35 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Vacation travel tips, part 2

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).

July 13, 2013 2:44 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Vacation 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).

July 05, 2013 9:24 am

CONSUMER MARKETING: Military Consumer Protection Day

Military Consumer Protection Day is July 17.

June 28, 2013 10:00 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Affordable Care Act scam

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.

June 21, 2013 10:01 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Charitable donations

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.

June 14, 2013 5:57 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Primer on credit reports, part 2

This is the second of two columns on credit reports and credit scores.

June 07, 2013 10:08 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Primer on credit reports

This is the first of two columns offering consumers basic information on credit reports and credit scores.

June 01, 2013 9:32 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FTC’s report on consumer fraud, part 3

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.

May 25, 2013 9:02 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FTC’s report on consumer fraud, part 2

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.

May 17, 2013 9:27 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FTC’s report on consumer fraud, part 1

In April the Federal Trade Commission published, “Consumer Fraud in the United States, 2011.”

May 10, 2013 2:56 pm

Tips for teaching young people about money

Parents, grandparents, and guardians who spend time teaching money-management skills to young people can do those they teach an important service.

May 03, 2013 5:38 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Aviation consumer protection

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division maintains a useful website for air travelers.

April 26, 2013 12:58 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Planning for future needs

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 19, 2013 12:30 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Money Smart Week

April 20-27 is “Money Smart Week” in Indiana.

April 12, 2013 9:53 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Saving money in the kitchen

The U.S. Department of Energy provides tips on saving money through energy efficiency in the kitchen (www.energysavers.gov).

April 05, 2013 9:29 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Safer mobile banking

The latest issue of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s FDIC Consumer News offers consumers tips for safer mobile banking.

March 29, 2013 9:10 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Top 10 consumer complaints

The Federal Trade Commission recently published the 2012 annual report, Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, containing a listing of the top 10 consumer complaints.

March 22, 2013 1:15 pm

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Emergency preparedness

Home emergency preparedness can appear complex and time-consuming to consumers.

March 15, 2013 10:11 am

BUSINESS COLUMNIST: Identity theft related to personal tax filings

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.

March 08, 2013 3:27 pm
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