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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.
The Federal Trade Commission recently reported to Congress on the results of a study the agency conducted of the country’s credit reporting industry.
National Consumer Protection Week is an annual campaign by government agencies, consumer advocacy organizations, and private-sector groups across the United States to encourage consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers a brochure to those wishing to learn more about childproofing their home.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers of a tech support scam that includes a twist; it starts with a simple telephone call.
In January, the Federal Trade Commission issued a warning to small businesses not to open an email claiming to be from the agency and containing the subject line, “Notification of Consumer Complaint.”
Credit tips for young adults
The electronic check conversion process is becoming more common. However, not all consumers understand it.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, scam artists from around the world defraud consumers each year of millions of dollars.
The following New Year’s resolutions could help you become a more informed consumer in 2013.
In a Dec. 3, 2012, email alert, the Indiana Attorney General cautions Hoosiers to be wary of mailings offering copies of property deeds “for an excessive fee.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion seeks to improve American health through dietary information and general guidance.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a blog Nov. 20 by Holly Petraeus, titled “Don’t take a bath on a flood-damaged car.”
The Federal Trade Commission provides consumers with tips for holiday shopping online.
If you are planning a long trip over the holidays, you may benefit from the U.S. Department of Energy’s “My Trip Calculator” (located at www.fueleconomy.gov).
If you are considering buying an appliance as a holiday gift, you can do the person you are giving the gift to a favor by considering the EnergyGuide label as part of your product comparison shopping.
With the holiday season approaching, it’s time again to refer consumers to the National Crime Prevention Council’s “Safe Shopping” (available at www.ncpc.org).
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) provides consumers with "Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes."
Store layaway plans provide consumers with an option, providing the opportunity to buy products without a credit card and without having “cash on hand” to pay the full price.
This is the final of three columns focusing on savings tips offered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration in its booklet, “Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future.”
This is the second of three columns focusing on savings tips offered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration in its booklet, Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future (available at www.dol.gov/ebsa ).
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration offers at www.dol.gov/ebsa a booklet titled, “Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future.”
FEMA’s “www.Ready.gov” website is part of the national Ready campaign, a campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.
The website USA.gov offers a one-stop shop for those consumers interested in buying government-related or government-owned merchandize.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has issued a Crime Alert regarding bogus emails sent to postal customers.
On Aug. 1, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urged consumers to be careful of mortgage loan modification scams (www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/consumer-advisory-foreclosure-help-is-free-and-scams-are-expensive/ ).
Children are not immune from being the victims of identity theft.
A fire or natural disaster can seriously damage or destroy your home.
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.
If you are interested in buying a new vehicle, you may find tips provided by the Federal Trade Commission in its publication, “Buying a New Car,” useful (available at www.ftc.gov).
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 40 million Americans move annually.
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System offer “5 Tips: Getting the Most from Your Credit Card” (www.federalreserve.gov/consumerinfo/fivetips_creditcard.htm ).
Whether you are a consumer interested in buying a vehicle with high environmental performance or one who simply wants to save money at the gas pump by buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle, the EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide can help.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers several programs designed to help people in need get food and to provide Americans generally with information on good nutrition.
The Federal Trade Commission, in cooperation with the Appleseed Foundation, has issued a Consumer Alert on sending money to family and friends overseas.
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a Consumer Alert cautioning about scam artists posing as debt collectors.
The U.S. Postal Service suggests consumers keep some questions in mind to avoid becoming victims of so-called "boiler room" fraud.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. offers suggestions on what to do before going to a dealership to buy a new car.
The U.S. Social Security Administration announced May 1 the availability of an online version of the personal Social Security statement.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers those travelling abroad tips to make re–entry into the United States go more smoothly ("CBP Reminds Travelers to 'Know Before You Go,'" www.cbp.gov ).
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