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September 2017

Equifax is offering a ‘lock’ after data breach: Is that a good idea?

If you’re like most consumers, including myself, you are probably still wondering what to do about the Equifax data breach of 143 million consumers’ data. The New York Attorney General Eric suggested calling Equifax to determine if they’ve have been affected by the breach. I tried to call the phone... Read more →

Federal consumer agency takes action against real estate settlement servicer for steering clients to affiliated business

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took action Wednesday against real estate settlement services provider Meridian Title Corp. for steering consumers to a title insurer owned in part by several of its executives without making disclosures about the businesses’ affiliation. The bureau found that Meridian failed to disclose its relationship with... Read more →

How’s your financial well-being?

More than 40 percent of U.S. adults are struggling to make ends meet, a survey by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows. In addition, about a third are experiencing financial hardships. Along with survey results, the bureau is offering an online tool so consumers can measure their level of financial... Read more →

Boomers are helpful, thoughtful, and humorous

Carol Cassara, blogging at Heart·Mind·Soul, tells us that baby boomer bloggers are writing about topics that are helpful, thoughtful, and funny. Helpful are articles on how to prevent children from drowning in pools and spas and ways to make your life simpler. Humorous is a day in the life of... Read more →

John Deere is recalling lawn tractors and transmissions due to crash hazard

John Deere is recalling about 25,000 D105 lawn tractors and 500 transmissions sold as parts and about 1,200 tractors sold in Canada. The transmission can fail, posing a crash hazard. No incidents or injuries have been reported. This recall involves John Deere model D105 lawn tractors with serial numbers beginning... Read more →

Mobile app settles charges that it didn’t deliver on cash rewards it promised for achieving exercise and diet goals

A mobile app that promised cash rewards to get consumers to commit to fitness and nutrition goals has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it falsely promised that consumers who met weekly goals would be paid financial rewards. The app also billed many consumers without their consent. Consumers... Read more →

Federal agency proposes shutting down post-settlement company that lied in offers to NFL players, victims of Deepwater Horizon, and 9-11 first responders

Top Notch Funding and two company officials are charged with lying in loan offerings to consumers who were waiting for payments from settlements in legal cases or from victim-compensation funds. These consumers included former NFL players suffering from neurological disorders, victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig disaster, and 9-11 first... Read more →

Student debt collector sued consumers for private student loans that weren’t owed; borrowers to get refunds

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took action Monday against National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts and their debt collector, Transworld Systems Inc., for illegal student loan debt collection lawsuits. Consumers were sued for private student loan debt that the companies couldn’t prove was owed or was too old to sue over. The... Read more →