• THE EMOTIONAL TOLL OF IDENTITY THEFT
    • We think of ID Theft as simply a financial crime, but it can have enormous emotional ramifications. Some victims get angry, frustrated and depressed. A few even contemplate suicide, according to a recent study.


CONSUMER GROUPS WANT FEDS TO INVESTIGATE SMARTWATCHES FOR KIDS
A coalition of consumer groups is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate some relatively new technology – smart watches for children. These watches let parents stay in touch with their kids and always know where they are. A recent analysis of these devices by the Norwegian Consumer Council raised some serious privacy and security concerns.
 
THE EMOTIONAL TOLL OF IDENTITY THEFT (audio)
Think about the consequences of identity theft and you probably think about all the financial ramifications of this crime. These include replacing credit cards, closing banks accounts and changing passwords or PINs. But a new study by the Identity Theft Resource Center finds that people who have their identity stolen often have lots of other problems to deal with.
 
A CREDIT FREEZE IS NO CURE-ALL FOR THE EQUIFAX DATA BREACH
The Equifax breach was a devastating loss in the fight against identity theft and it will require a seismic shift in the way 143 million Americans protect themselves moving forward. Unlike credit cards, Social Security numbers don’t expire and give ID thieves access your financial, medical and government accounts.
 
WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER 'FREEZING' YOUR CREDIT FILES
In the aftermath of the Equifax data breach, a lot of fraud experts have been suggesting that we all put a freeze on our credit files. What is a credit freeze and why should you do it?
 
REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS WANT TO ROLL BACK REGULATIONS ON CREDIT BUREAUS
On the same day Equifax announced its massive data breach last week, Congress held a hearing on a bill that would roll back regulations on the nation’s credit bureaus. Is this something we really want to do right now?
 
IMPORTS BEAT DOMESTIC CARS IN NEW CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY
New car buyers are less satisfied with their vehicles this year than last. Based on this new American Customer Satisfaction Index survey, the satisfaction gap between domestic and foreign-made vehicles has widened.
 
GWYNETH PALTROW'S GOOP WEBSITE ACCUSED OF 'DECEPTIVE' HEALTH CLAIMS
The watchdog group Truth in Advertising wants Goop, the lifestyle website started by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, to stop making what it calls “unsubstantiated” and “deceptive” advertising claims for some of the health and wellness products it sells.
 
IRS WARNS TAX PROS ABOUT NEW ONLINE THREATS
The Internal Revenue Service is warning tax preparers about a new scam designed to steal their usernames and passwords. The hacker’s goal is to break in to the preparer’s computer system and steal client information.
 
FRAUD ALERT: FAKE CHECKS USED FOR A VARIETY OF COSTLY SCAMS
It isn’t easy to spot a counterfeit check. Fraudsters can make a fake check look completely legitimate, so good that even a bank teller can’t spot it. That’s why fraudsters are using fake checks to commit all sorts of scams, including phony prize awards, fake job offers, mystery shopper scams, and bogus online classified ad sales.
 
CAR PROBLEMS & SHODDY HOME REPAIRS TOP ANNUAL LIST OF CONSUMER COMPLAINTS
Consumers have problems with all sorts of products and services, but once again this year, car-related issues are number one on the annual list of top 10 complaints. Home improvement and construction, including issues with solar came in second.

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