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The Hartford CourantDon'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,...
Consumers continue to get dinged and, worse, surprised by "resort" fees that often aren't quoted upfront in the hotel booking process. This one lump-sum fee often covers such items as phone calls, bottled water, Internet access, access to the pool or...
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Federal Trade Commission called on the fast-growing mobile device marketplace to do a better job of alerting consumers to what the various market players do with their personal information. It released guidelines for mobile...
Watchdog with Paul MuschickIf you bought certain blankets, sheets or clothing from Amazon.com, Macy's, Sears, Kmart or Leon Max several years ago thinking it was environmentally friendly because it was made of bamboo, it might not have been. Authorities allege the retailers were......
WASHINGTON -- Relieved your kids aren't posting embarrassing messages and goofy self-portraits on Facebook? They're probably doing it on Instagram and Snapchat instead. The number of popular social media sites available on kids' mobile devices has...
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...
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The Federal Trade Commission revised its guidelines for digital advertisers Tuesday, clarifying what the agency expects by way of disclosures on Twitter and in texts. In a nutshell, it said that even brief marketing messages have to make "clear and...
SAN FRANCISCO -- With consumers increasingly connecting to the Internet on their phones and tablet computers, advertisers got a reminder from the federal government Tuesday that they must still abide by consumer protection laws when putting ads on...
Tags: Health Insurance Cost, Marketing, Consumers
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...
The Hartford CourantHave 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...
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...
The Federal Trade Commission opened a potentially significant new front Friday in its efforts to protect consumers against data theft. The commission announced a settlement with mobile device manufacturer HTC America that requires the company to plug...
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