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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 Eldercare Locator, www.eldercare.gov, is a website designed to offer information to seniors, their families, and the caregivers of older adults.
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.
The Federal Trade Commission offers shopping tips to help consumers get better deals.
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.
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.
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