• When you buy a product and it breaks, your ability to repair it is often limited or prevented by the manufacturer or seller. The FTC says it is going to fix this broken system by cracking down on illegal repair restrictions.

NEW FEDERAL RULE TARGETS FRAUDULENT ‘MADE IN USA’ CLAIMSFinally, the Federal Trade Commission is going to crack down on fraudulent ‘Made in USA’ claims.
2021 CHILD TAX CREDIT PAYMENTS START ARRIVING IN MID-JULYGood news for families who will qualify for the Child Tax Credit on their 2021 federal tax return: The credit is bigger, and some of the money is being sent out now.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT P2P PAYMENT APPS SOAR DURING PANDEMICAs the number of people using Venmo, CashApp, and Zelle have gone up, so have the complaints. People report having problems opening, closing, and managing their accounts.
THE PROS & CONS OF ‘BUY NOW, PAY LATER’ FINANCING FOR TRAVELThese plans can help with cash flow, and they are easy work-arounds for those who don’t have credit cards. But as with all financing options, it’s important to read the fine print.
NEW SURVEY: CREDIT BUREAU MISTAKES ARE STILL A PROBLEMA unique new survey by Consumer Reports finds that credit bureau mistakes happen all too often. Many of these errors could lower your credit scores.
A SNEAKY WAY TO RAISE PRICES WITHOUT UPSETTING THE CUSTOMERSMost shoppers don’t notice when packaged goods are downsized ever so slightly. This inconspicuous shrinkage—has been going on for decades. And there’s no end in sight.
FRAUD ALERT: CRYPTOCURRENCY INVESTMENT SCAMS SKYROCKETCryptocurrency investment schemes have skyrocketed during the pandemic, as criminals leverage the current gold-rush mentality, promising huge returns in just days or weeks.
BEST CARS FOR TEENS: VEHICLES THAT ARE SAFE, RELIABLE, AND AFFORDABLEConsumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have combined their data to create an updated list of recommended used cars for teens.
HOW TO WIPE ALL YOUR DATA BEFORE DISPOSING OF DIGITAL DEVICESSimply deleting unwanted files, and emptying the recycle bin, does not permanently destroy that data. Here’s how to do that.
FCC OFFERS SUBSIDIES TO HELP FAMILIES STAY CONNECTED DURING THE PANDEMICThe FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will provide financial assistance to millions of families who need help paying for internet access or buying a computer.