| Jul 8, 2012
| 5:44 PM
Immigrant advocates are warning people who plan to apply for a work permit under a new federal immigration policy to beware of scammers and hold off on taking any formal action until more details emerge about how the program will work.
The policy shift,...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 2:31 PM
The oldest scams never die. They just look for older victims.
The Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes has been co-opted so frequently by con artists that the real Publishers Clearing House has a "scam busters" service to warn consumers.
| Jul 18, 2012
| 8:09 AM
The climate is heating up for Universal Music Group in Brussels as the company shuttles its proposal to buy EMI's recorded music business through Europe's labyrinthine antitrust approval process.
The pending $1.9-billion acquisition, announced in...
| Jul 26, 2012
Balancing privacy and profits on the Internet is proving difficult. An industry leadership group was chartered last year to hammer out a universal "do not track" policy to protect Web surfers, whose personal data is collected as they move from site to...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 6:50 PM
Bob Toomajian worked for 16 years as Kaiser Permanente's drug purchasing manager for Southern California, giving him an insider's knowledge of how medications are priced before reaching consumers.
When it comes to patented name-brand drugs, he told me,...
| Mar 23, 2013
Don't let the giddiness of the March equinox weaken your consumer guard against these relentless scams:
Phony TechSupport Calls
Microsoft does not make unsolicited tech-support phone calls. Only scammers do.
Once they get control of your computer,...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 9:08 PM
Some of my columns spark more outrage than others and, to my surprise, a brief report several years ago about random text messages supposedly awarding $1,000 Best Buy gift cards continues to rank near the top.
More than 150 people from all over the...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 1:47 PM
For the past 15 years, a coalition has worked to share tips and information about privacy protection, money and debt management and recognizing identity theft, frauds and scams.
University of Maryland Extension — Washington County is joining the...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Have you been duped, scammed or over charged for services? Have you hired no-show contractors or bought food already past its expiration date?
Then let's celebrate National Consumer Protection Week, when no American should be afraid to admit he or she...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 3:58 PM
The first caller told Norman Breidenbaugh he had won $2.5 million in a foreign sweepstakes, but there was a catch: Breidenbaugh needed to send $2,000 in fees before collecting his earnings.
Other calls followed, promising Breidenbaugh millions more...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 5:48 PM
A young Poconos man nearly was in tears when we talked about his credit reports.
He said his father's medical debts mistakenly were showing up on his reports, and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't get them removed. He was trying to get loans to...