| Nov 18, 2014
| 8:56 PM
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...
| Nov 18, 2014
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...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 9:00 PM
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.
| Nov 26, 2014
| 6:01 PM
A seasonal consumer message, nondenominational and unscented, from The Bottom Line. Remember, no tipping.
Online retailers often sell more merchandise than they can deliver in time for the holiday.
Under the Federal Trade Commission'...
| Jul 10, 2014
The Watchdog has reminded you countless times about the need to read the fine print on all of your paperwork so you know what you're getting into, and how you can get out when you need to. Too many people......
| Jul 29, 2014
| 1:13 PM
Privacy advocates Tuesday called for government regulators to investigate Facebook’s tracking of users even when they’re on third-party sites, saying the change might violate a previous privacy agreement Facebook made with the government....
| Sep 3, 2014
| 12:23 PM
From ice bucket challenges to the upcoming midterm elections, we are reminded again and again how the Internet has changed the way we live and connect and organize. Digital equality has become fundamental to economic, cultural and political equality....
| Oct 22, 2014
| 6:13 PM
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?
Last week, the 2012 study that...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 2:09 PM
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...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 7:39 AM
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...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 7:38 PM
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....