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  • CONSUMER ALERT: STUDENT DEBT RELIEF
    SCAMS
    • These companies always want payment upfront. They either do nothing or simply fill out a government form that you could do yourself for free. Here are the legitimate ways to get help.

 
NEW SURVEY SHOWS SOCIAL MEDIA DISAPPOINTS - Itís an interesting paradox. Social media is extremely
popular and yet for many users it' not very satisfying. Why is that?
SOME 'MADE IN USA' CLAIMS WERE NOT VERIFIED - The FTC found that an Ohio company licensed its Made in USA logo to any company that paid a fee Ė without verifying where the products were made.
DEBT COLLECTION 'FACTORIES' ACCUSED OF BREAKING THE LAW Consumer groups and federal regulators say some collection companies aggressively try to collect old debt by using illegal and abusive tactics.
GREEN DOT CHANGES RELOADING FEATURES TO FIGHT FRAUD  - Green Dot is phasing out its MoneyPak PIN reloads and going with swipe at the register.
LATEST ID SPOOFING TACTIC IS A DOOZY  - Telemarketing scammers have a new way to get you to answer the phone. They make the caller ID display your phone number.
AMERICA'S FAVORITE GAS STATIONS  - A new survey shows greater satisfaction with gas stations at supermarkets and warehouse clubs because of competitive prices and loyalty-based discounts. See who had the highest scores.
CUSTOMERS CONFUSED ABOUT DEBIT CARD OVERDRAFTS  - A new study finds that a majority of Americans with a checking account donít understand how the overdraft service on their debit cards works.
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO CUSTOMER SERVICE? - A new report from Gallup concludes that quality service, not low prices, creates customer loyalty that drives foot traffic into retail stores. And loyal customers typically spend more.
THE GROWTH OF PET-FRIENDLY APARTMENTS - A big attitude change in the rental market as pets are now wanted and welcomed at many new apartment buildings.
AMERICA'S TASTE IN RESTAURANTS CHANGES - New survey shows a drop in customer satisfaction with big restaurant chains. We find smaller places, often with better food, more appealing. Pizza remains the favorite fast food.

 
SHOW #16 (JULY 19, 2014) - How to handle the purchase no one wants to make. Also: Comcast Customer Service call gone viral, simple things to boost your carís mileage, the possible health risks of energy drinks, and a local blood bank for dogs & cats.
SHOW #15 (JULY 12, 2014) - Are there long-term health effects from smoking marijuana? Also: how moving can hurt your credit score, the problem with long-term auto loans, beware of foreign lottery scams and a new anti-itch drug for dogs.
SHOW #14 (JULY 5, 2014) - BBQ grilling tips/food safety when eating outdoors, national restaurant chain ratings, student loan crisis many be hurting the economy, why pet harnesses may be better than a leash, and getting better fuel economy.
SHOW #13 (JUNE 28, 2014) - Kitchen remodeling tips from Consumer Reports,  kids and concussions, how to find a good auto repair shop, help your pet deal with fireworks and tips on tipping.
SHOW #12 (JUNE 21, 2014) - THE BRAIN SHOW - This special show will help families learn more about Alzheimerís disease and how to help family members dealing with dementia.
SHOW #11 (JUNE 14, 2014) - Advice on buying a car and negotiating the deal, your rights at the auto repair shop, IRS phone scam, when do I need an electrical permit, cannabis supplements for pets and Samís Clubís 5-3-1 card.
SHOW #10 (JUNE 7, 2014) - The right to be forgotten on the Internet, why are customers so unhappy with cable TV, best bug repellents, kitty litter box 101, Consumer Reports on buying paint.
SHOW #9 (MAY 31, 2014) - Consumer Reports rates sunscreens, thieves use online auctions to sell stolen merchandise, why bigger telecommunications companies hurt consumers, how to hire a good roofing contractor, dealing with the loss of a pet
SHOW #8 (MAY 24, 2014) - How to save on airfare, finding the right travel rewards card, Consumer Reports on buying a BBQ grill, a warning about vacation rental scams, go on vacation with your pet and the best ice creams
SHOW #7 (MAY 17, 2014) - The Internet
of Things in 2025, talking to your kids
about money, protect your pets from Leptospirosis, a change-of-address website refunds $3 million an gardening tips from Ed Hume.


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