When I went to Costco on Saturday, a salesman who wanted me to sign up for Costco’s new credit card from Citibank approached me.
Thinking it was the only credit card you could use at Costco now, since American Express is no longer accepted, I asked for details.
He pointed to a board that showed 4 percent cash back on eligible gas worldwide including gas at Costco; 3 percent cash back on restaurant and eligible travel purchases worldwide; 2 percent cash back on all other purchases from Costco and Costco.com; and 1 percent cash back on all other purchases.
Environmentalists are asking the Obama administration to set a national standard for hexavalent chromium, a toxic chemical of concern in North Carolina.
Erin Brockovich, an environmental health advocate, and Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection to quickly to set a national standard, known as a maximum contaminant level, or MCL, for the carcinogen found in millions of Americans’ tap water.
If you’re like me, your phone is ringing and ringing with the IRS, Microsoft, and other scammers calling again and again.
However, if something new comes up, a caller asking for a donation to flood victims in Louisiana, be careful. Scammers exploit tragedies to appeal to your sense of generosity.
The Federal Trade Commission urges consumers to be cautious of potential charity scams. Do research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised.
Oriental Packing Co. is recalling about 377,000 pounds of blended seasoning curry products because it's contaminated with lead. Lead can accumulate in the body and cause serious and sometimes permanent health problems. The recalled products include:
Blue Mountain Brand
Blue Mountain Country Jamaican Curry Powder
Blue Mountain Country Hot Jamaican Curry Powder
Blue Mountain Country Hot Jamaican Jerk Curry Seasoning
Consumers are complaining about not being able to get lower student loan payments tied to their incomes.
Student loan borrowers are reporting delays and rejections by the companies managing their loans, according to a report released Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s student loan ombudsman. Such delays and rejections can increased interest charges and cause lost eligibility for some federal benefits and protections.
Student loans make up the nation’s second largest consumer debt, with about 43 million Americans now owing about $1.3 trillion for federal and private student loan debt. The majority of this debt is from federal loans.
Crooks using false political information would love access to your bank account by using fake political ploys. Reports from around the nation indicate scammers are taking advantage of the political season with a number of dangerous schemes.
The Better Business Bureau has some warnings for consumers who may be targeted by phone calls and emails from scammers this summer and fall. Here are some of their favorite tactics:
Fake campaign fundraising
Crooks sometimes make random calls claiming to represent a political party, an election committee member, or an actual candidate. Don't fall for their request that you donate. Instead, ask for their contact information and try to reach them after hanging up. The best idea is to research their party or their campaign office on your own and make your contribution, if they're a cause you support, through a legitimate campaign website. Tell them you'd prefer to do that when they first contact you.
Many owners of 2.0 liter Volkswagen diesel cars will soon be able to sell their cars back to Volkswagen for more than their current replacement value as a result of a proposed $10.03 billion deceptive advertising settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
The FTC is warning consumers that people – including independent VW dealers – may try to make separate offers implying either that an offer is part of the settlement even if it’s not, or that diesel owners covered under the settlement must buy a new VW or Audi.
Owners of these VWs should visit VWCourtSettlement.com to find out how much they can get for their cars. Even though other potential buyers may offer what seems like a good deal, these alternative offers may be less than what car owners can get from Volkswagen under the settlement.
Barclays Bank will pay $100 million to settle charges from 43 states and the District of Columbia that it manipulated key interest rates, affecting payments on investments.
“There has to be one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or how powerful, and that includes big banks and other financial institutions that engage in fraud or impair the fair functioning of financial markets,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The states charged that the British bank manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate or LIBOR. LIBOR is an interest rate that has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers, including being used as a benchmark rate for mortgages.