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  • Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree and Dollar General fight over Family Dollar takeover

    Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree and Dollar General fight over Family Dollar takeover
    Dollar Tree and Dollar General on Friday criticized each others' plans to take over Family Dollar Stores Inc. while saying that their own bids are making progress toward winning regulatory approval. Dollar Tree said in a statement that the U.S....
  • Medical alert scam shut down

    Most people who got those annoying robocalls offering them free medical alerts knew the devices weren't really free. We now know how much they cost. Authorities announced a settlement last week with nine companies and four individuals they allege were...
  • Identity thieves used college student accounts to defraud IRS: prosecutors

    U.S. law-enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested 17 people accused of trying to collect almost $2 million in bogus tax refunds using college student accounts, the latest identity scam to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. Identity thieves in...
  • Consumer travel issues: Where we stand

    Consumer travel issues: Where we stand
    Whether you're red or blue, you probably realize that last week's election is likely to change the outlook for consumer protection over the next few years. And -- this is strictly a personal opinion -- the outlook is less favorable than in the previous...
  • A Consumer's Holiday Guide: New FTC Rule On Deliveries, Free Extended Warranties

    A Consumer's Holiday Guide: New FTC Rule On Deliveries, Free Extended Warranties
    A seasonal consumer message, nondenominational and unscented, from The Bottom Line. Remember, no tipping. Late Deliveries Online retailers often sell more merchandise than they can deliver in time for the holiday. Under the Federal Trade Commission'...
  • Family Dollar stockholders to vote on merger with Dollar Tree Dec. 11

    Family Dollar stockholders to vote on merger with Dollar Tree Dec. 11
    Shareholders of Matthews, N.C.-based Family Dollar are scheduled to vote on the discount retailer's merger with Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree on Dec. 11, according to a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The meeting will be held...
  • Public-utility approach would not bridge the digital divide

    In the decades-long struggle for civil rights, the movement has focused on different Washington institutions, from Congress to the White House to the Supreme Court. This past summer, part of the battle moved to the Federal Communications Commission. The...
  • Green coffee beans for weight loss? Um, never mind

    Green coffee beans for weight loss? Um, never mind
    Remember when green coffee bean extract was the next big thing in weight loss, a remedy with positive clinical findings touted as a breakthrough by Dr. Mehmet Oz and aggressively hawked online? Well, fuggedaboutit. Last week, the 2012 study that...
  • Why She Returned Calls From Fake IRS Agent: The Threats

    Why She Returned Calls From Fake IRS Agent: The Threats
    The Bottom Line has warned, more than once, about scammers posing as IRS representatives who call consumers and demand payment of taxes. So has the state attorney general's office and the state Department of Consumer Protection. The calls haven't...
  • Ebola Scams: Spreading Rapidly

    Ebola Scams: Spreading Rapidly
    If it's in the news, it's scam-worthy. Scammers are cashing in on fears following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, selling products online claiming to cure or prevent the virus. None of these products, from herbal oils to snake venom, works. The...
  • Ebola scams spreading as fears mount

    Ebola scams spreading as fears mount
    I can't tell you whether to believe assurances from those in power that the deadly Ebola virus will be kept in check, but there's no doubt that panicking can expose you to harm. Scams related to the Ebola outbreak are spreading and you aren't immune....