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Stop using Maxtrade’s Coolster youth ATVs due to crash hazard and failure to meet safety standard, CPSC and company advise

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Maxtrade are warning consumers to immediately stop using Maxtrade’s Coolster youth ATV-3050-C and ATV-3050-B models to avoid serious injury or death. These youth ATVs don’t meet CPSC’s mandatory safety standards. Read more →


Always be on the alert for credit card scams

First, I received emails from my credit union that $1,500 then $2,300 were possible fraudulent charges. I called and sure enough, a scammer from Sweden was trying to charge those amount to my credit card. The credit union flagged the fraudulent charges, and the money was never charged to me. Read more →


Consumer Reports recommendations on specific products to be easily available to consumers before they buy autos, other products in new program

Consumer Reports is launching CR Recommended, a program to bring Consumer Reports recommendations easily to consumers before they buy autos and other products. When consumers shop online, at a dealership, or in a store, they’ll see a “CR Recommended” mark for products. Read more →


How to avoid coronavirus scams

Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to steal money from people. During these chaotic times, knowing about possible scams is the first step toward preventing them. Scammers are inventing new schemes as well as repurposing old ones. Be alert as you go about your covid daily lives. Read more →


Watch out for multilevel marketing schemes

When I was writing my weekly Helpful Money Tips for You newsletter (see Newsletter heading above to subscribe), I ran across an article by a women who was upset because a new coffee shop in her area turned out to be secret “nutrition club,” a recruiting tool for Herbalife. Read more →


Watch out for scams related to your next stimulus payment

It’s started already. The scammers are changing their pitches to include stimulus payments. The call yesterday said, due to the soon to be sent stimulus payments, credit card companies were lowering their interest rate. I could press No. 1 to get more information. What? As usual, I hung up quickly. Read more →


Federal and state agencies close down huge charity fraud operation

Two companies that operated a massive phone operation that placed 1.3 billion deceptive fundraising charity calls to 67 million consumers have agreed to settle charges by the FTC and states. The defendants collected more than $110 million using mostly illegal robocall solicitations.  Read more →


It’s National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week is a time to understand your consumer rights and take a look at whether you’re making well-informed decisions about money. Here are some activities and resources offered by the Federal Trade Commission for National Consumer Protection Week or NCPW: Read more →


Some auto insurance companies quoted higher premiums to drivers with lower-paying jobs and less education, investigation shows

Drivers with less education and lower-paying jobs may end up paying more for auto insurance compared to consumers with identical driving records who have advanced degrees or job titles that come with higher pay. Read more →